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Komondor | Komondor

[kom-uh n-dawr]

Canis familiaris pastoralis vissosus hungaricus

Guarding Dog

Hungarians say the Komondor is the king of dogs, and its original name was the "silk-coated wolf-dog." The breed's strength coupled with its size and its tranquil nature makes it a remarkable animal. Its fearsome presence made it a number one guardian for livestock.


Its name, Komondor means "belonging to the Cumans." This indicates the existence of similar guard dogs living in the 13th century Hungary. Most likely, the 40,000 migrating Cuman families brought the first Komondors to the Carpathian Basin around 1239.

Their job was not herding, but guarding the sheep flock at night since its bright white color distinguished them from the enemy. The Komondor attacks enemies from the front and when it jumps to bite it causes a mortal wound. Their special thick coat protects them from extreme seasonal cold or heat. Unfortunately, the breed became unnecessary due to the eventual lack of wild intruders such as wolves and bears, and they were nearly extinct by the 19th century. The first official kennel club for them was established in 1924, and renewed breeding of them started in the 1940s.

Germans and Russian military killed many Komondors during the Second World War. Komondors were protecting farms and villages, and the villages could only be occupied by killing the Komondor first. Ironically, today Komondors frequently guard jewelry stores in Germany due to their resistance to gas spray.

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