The Komondor is arguably one of the more recognizable dog breeds, due largely to his heavy coat of long white cords, which give him a mop-like appearance. Descended from dogs that were brought to modern-day Hungary by traveling Mongols, he has been protecting herds of cattle and sheep on the Hungarian plains for centuries. That coat came in handy for the job, offering warmth in inclement weather and protection from predators — wolves couldn’t bite through their thick hair cords!
Weighing between 80 and 130 lbs., the Komondor is calm, gentle and devoted to his family. He is good with children and other pets, but like many other large guardian breeds, he is wary of strangers and very protective of his home. Due to his size, power and speed, he needs a firm hand and plenty of obedience training and socialization from an early age.
His coat requires some attention, as well. The cords begin to form in adulthood, and can take some time and practice to get used to, requiring separation to keep from matting together. The Komondor doesn’t require much daily exercise, but can be an excellent athlete in the agility or show ring with proper training.
Despite their protective coats, Komondors are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health — not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Komondors are prone to include digestive conditions such as Cobalamin malabsorption and gastric dilatation volvulus; and joint conditions such as hip dysplasia.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Komondor inherits anything more than a snowy corded coat, you’re covered.