Breed Description +

A large, muscular breed, the Komondor is mostly known for its unusually dense, protective coat of heavy white cords that form naturally as the breed matures in age. The coat serves to cover vulnerable body parts in case of attack, helps him blend in with his flock and protects him from weather extremes. While he has been a working dog in Hungary for ten centuries, he is also found in the show and obedience rings in the United States.
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  • Common Name(s):

    Hungarian Sheepdog, Hungarian Komondor

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  • Observed Weight:

    57-100 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    60-90 lbs


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 26 - 35 in


Though the origins of the breed are not certain, scholars believe the Komondor descends from the Russian Owtcharka dog, introduced to Hungary by the Huns during the 4th century. The strain of sheep known as Racka, bred by the Hungarian Magyars, is said to closely resemble the Komondor, allowing these dogs to blend in with the flocks they guarded. The Komondor were so accomplished at protecting their sheep from predators that it is thought that they may have eliminated the wolf in Hungary. The Magyars kept the Komondor line steadfastly pure, and did not allow interbreeding. The Komondor didn’t actually begin spreading to different countries until the 1920s when owners started entering the dogs in shows. The Komondor was introduced to the United States in 1933 and was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1937.

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