KOMONDOR DOG

The Komodor is naturally territorial and reserved with strangers. Unlike other breeds, this dog can live peaceful and happily outdoors. 
A strong, heavy dog whose impressive musculature is hidden under a white corded coat as felt tufts. The head seems wider than tall, the eyes are oval and should be dark brown, not too sunken; blue eyes are not accepted. The dropping ears are “V” shaped. The nose is black and wide; a pink nose is not admitted. The muzzle is wise compared to the skull, and snub, not pointy. The chest is powerful, deep and wide in proportion; the thorax is wide, muscled and descends towards the tail, which curves slightly upward at the tip and elevates to the back level when the dog is in motion. The coat is weatherproof by definition, thick and double: the thicker external hair tangles with the woolly undercoat to form the strong and permanent cords. The coat should not be curly or short: straight or silky is undesirable. The color should be white; the skin, preferably chalkboard gray. Size: males from 70 to 80 cm; females from 65 to 70 cm.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR             
A lot of dog and a lot of hair, which looks and feels like string, the Komodor is a very striking dog and guardian by definition. The Komodor needs a good owner, with a fenced garden to protect, and a good trainer. It is a large, aggressive and stubborn dog by nature, if not channeled correctly. In the Hungarian hills, the Komodor works alone, and has become a very independent dog. Socialization with other dogs and people is absolutely necessary.
 
DEVELOPMENT
What an impressive dog! Up to 75 kg of courage and cords, the Komodor used to defend the flocks in Hungary from predators and nowadays stands out as a guardian and protector.
 
The newborn Komodor usually weighs half a kilo or more and grows at a variable pace. The mostly grow gradually and mature late, while others have growth sprouts and mature before. The owner should discuss the dog’s growth with the breeder. The buyer should choose a specimen with a dark nose, eyes and pads, and a minimum of pink skin, especially at the ears. Timid specimens should be avoided, since this can lead to conduct problems. The adolescent Komodor will begin to develop its cords, which will not be completed until after three years or more. The adolescent can be delicate when eating, and this can be a problem in specimens that grow in intervals; a prescribed diet may be necessary.
 
HEALTH
Although the Komodor grows at a variable pace, ensure variety in your puppy’s diet to prevent it from becoming a delicate eater.
 
The puppy’s hair is relatively soft, but shows the tendency of forming ringlets between the third and six month. Believe it or not, maintenance is not difficult and doesn’t require as long as one could assume. An experienced breeder or groomer can teach the details of caring for the ringlets.
It will take approximately a year for the ringlets to begin to form; they are present after two years. An adult coat may need up to five years to reach the ground. 
 
The Komodor has proved to be a resistant breed, disease proof. However, hip dysplasia has collected victims, but it is under control in responsible breeders. Much more frequent are skin rashes and infections, especially if the hair is not taken care of. (Hair care demands special technique and ability, which the owner should assume.) The Komodor seems particularly susceptible to staph infections and dermatitis; in addition, allergic dermatitis (clap formation). Although treatable, these problems can complicate due to the type of hair. Veteran breeders report that some females may suffer hair loss, especially at the shoulders, for no apparent reason. The Komodor is sensitive to anesthetics and certain anti-parasite baths. A good diet and abundant exercise, along with regular training is vital for the dog’s health. A well bred Komodor can live ten or more years.