5: Working Dogs
Function: sheep guardian
He has an imperturbable courage in the guarding and defence of the
herds entrusted to him and the property and home of his master.
He attacks silently and enduringly. He regards his territory as
his own property and will not tolerate any other living creature
in it. His nature is suspicious. During the day, he likes to keep
a lying position enabling him to control his area. At night, he
is always on the move.
for: Active people and families.
Height: Minimum for - Dogs
- 70cm (27")
Bitches - 65cm (25")
Hair falling in cords.
Appearance: Large sized body. Dark eyes. Hanging ears
that are U shaped. Tail long. Distinctive dreadlock, mop like coat.
The Komondor is known as the King
of the Hungarian livestock guarding dogs, it is an ancient breed
and while its homeland has been Hungary for many centuries, it is
generally thought to be a descendent of the Russian Owtcharka brought
to what is now Hungary by the invading Magyars. They are a big muscular
fearless dog, which were bred to guard flocks of sheep or other
livestock against predators such as wolves, coyotes, feral dogs,
or human predators. Their long corded coat protects them against
the elements and the predators. Despite their size, they are astonishingly
fast, agile and light on their feet. They are calm and steady when
things are normal but in cases of trouble, they will leap to defend.
They were bred to think for themselves and are usually intelligent.
They are extremely affectionate and devoted to their family and
gentle with the children of the family. They are wary of strangers,
but will accept them when it is clear that no harm is meant. They
are very protective of their family, home and possessions. They
will instinctively guard them without any training, because of this
fact they need to be well socialized and trained from a young age;
firm but not harsh handling is needed. Generally, given the proper
environment and care, a Komondor is a responsible, loving dog.
at the age of about 9 months the coat naturally starts to cord;
to keep the cords from becoming matted clumps care is taken to help
the cords to stay apart. Once this is achieved, most coat care is
small. Wash when needed. They can also be clipped and the coat kept
they are a big dog and do need plenty of exercise.
This is a hardy working breed which have little to no health problems
but some can suffer from hip dysplasia, entropian and bloat.
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