The Komondor may look like a mop on four legs, but beneath all that hair, there’s a big dog with a big personality. Originally bred to guard livestock — a job he still excels at — the Komondor is intelligent, independent, and highly protective. In fact, he enjoys nothing more than watching over his family.
This may pose a couple of problems. For one, it can be unnerving to have a dog sit and stare at you as you go about your day. For another, the Komondor’s protective instincts and suspicion of strangers can lead to trouble (and lawsuits) if your dog attacks someone he perceives as a threat.
Obviously, this dog comes with responsibilities. You need to be a confident leader to win the respect of your Komondor. The meek, and the inexperienced dog owner, need not apply. You’ll have to socialize your Komondor well — exposing him to lots of different people, situations, and other animals — from an early age so he knows how to behave around them. And you’ll have to take pains to introduce your Komondor to people who are permitted in your home. Once a Komondor accepts the newcomer, he’ll always remember him and treat him as a member of his flock, one more person to watch over.
You’ll also need to be careful around other dogs. Komondorok can be aggressive toward dogs they don’t know, and some aren’t capable of sharing a home with another canine, no matter how hard you to try to make everyone get along. However, they may have excellent relations with cats and livestock.
Nor is the Komondor’s coat care an easy proposition. Their trademark cords don’t need brushing, but they must be kept free of parasites and dirt. And if it gets damp, the Komondor’s coat can develop an unpleasant mildew odor.
True to his working dog heritage, the Komondor is a smart cookie who learns quickly with the right trainer — that is, one who engages his mind and works with his independent nature rather than against it. With repetitive training techniques, he gets bored. The Komondor will ignore commands that seem unnecessary, so pick your battles.
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21 May, 2016
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