Komondor

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Of large size and strongly built. His attractive appearance and dignified demeanor provoke both admiration and fear. He is not a flatterer by nature. Its robust body is covered by downy, stringy, very dense and long hairs. The body, seen in profile, forms an inclined rectangle, almost square. The head covered by dense hair, emphasizes the trunk. The tail is carried hanging, with the tip curved, almost horizontally. The coat color is ivory.
 

Personality:  Courageous and faithful.
 

Energy Level : Moderately active.

Good with children:  Yes.

 

Good with other dogs:  With supervision.

 

Grooming:  Seasonal.

 

Life Expectancy : 10-12  years old.

Bark level:  Bark when necessary.

  • HISTORICAL SUMMARY 

The Komondor is an ancient Hungarian autochthonous breed of sheepdogs of Asian origin. Its ancestors came, of course, with the migration of ancient Magyars, who lived as nomadic cattle ranchers in the Carpathian basin.

Country of Origin: Hungary.

BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT:  He is of unshakable courage in guarding, in defending the flock entrusted to him and in the property and house of its owner. He attacks silently and boldly. It considers its territory as its property and does not tolerate any other creatures living on the property. He is suspicious by nature. During the day, the Komondor likes to lie down, but is always strategically placed to guard its territory. At night, he is in constant motion.

HEAD:  Wide, in good proportion to the trunk. Even with its profuse coat it doesn't make it disproportionate.

 

  • CRANIAL REGION

 

Skull: Domed; well-developed eyebrows.

 

Stop: Well developed but not abrupt.  

 

  • FACIAL REGION

 

Nose: Straight, sharply cut, black.

 

Muzzle: Not pointed; straight nasal bridge.

 

Lips: Black, well adhering to the mouth and jaws. Dentate labial commissure.

 

Jaws and Teeth: Jaws well muscled, strong and powerful. Scissor bite, complete and regular according to the dental formula.

 

Cheeks: Broad and of medium length.

 

Eyes: Set horizontally, dark brown. Black eyelids tightly fitted to the eyeball.

 

Ears: Medium set on domed skull. Clearly dangling from the “V” or “U” shaped base. The ears do not rise either in alert or in attack.

 

NECK: Very well muscled. It must form an angle of 35° with the horizontal. In quiet or calm situations, it is carried almost in continuation of the topline. Its length is more short than medium. No dewlap and no mane.

 

  • TRUNK

 

Topline: The parts of the torso that form the topline are broad and very well muscled.

 

Withers: Sufficiently long, clearly defined at the front.

 

Back: Short.

 

Loin: Of medium length.

 

Croup: Broad, of medium length, slightly sloping.

 

Chest: Broad, well muscled; of medium depth, wide and long.

 

Bottom line: Slightly tucked up.

 

TAIL: Set low, clearly hanging; with the tip slightly upwards almost horizontally. It is desirable that the tail reaches the hock. When alert, the tail rises, at most, to the height of the dorsal line.

 

  • MEMBERS

 

FOREQUARTERS: Judgment of forelegs is highly impaired by long, shaggy, stringy hairs. The forelegs are like pillars; viewed from the front or in profile, they are parallel and vertical. The chest is broad, which results in separate, strong, free-moving legs. The limbs are firmly joined to the body. The bone structure is strong and powerful. The joints are strong.

 

Shoulders: The shoulder blades are moderately sloping. The superior points of the scapulae are placed vertically over the deepest point of the chest.

 

Feet: Broad, strong, with toes close together. Cushions are slate gray, thick and well padded. Gray nails.

 

HINDQUARTERS: The position of the hind limbs supports the body with moderate angulations. Continuing the medium and wide croup, well-muscled limbs are desired.

 

Thighs: Strongly muscled, voluminous.

 

Legs: Longer than the previous ones, for the rest, identical. Ergots must be removed.

 

  • GAIT/MOVEMENT: Light, free and moderate. The stride is wide and with good ground cover.

 

SKIN: It is well pigmented slate gray in color. Dark pigmentation on the gums and roof of the mouth is preferred. Specimens with little pigmentation or pink skin are undesirable.

 

  • COAT

 

Hair: The entire body is covered in long hair. The coat consists of a rough topcoat and a finer undercoat. The characteristic coat is determined through the ratio of the covering coat and the undercoat. A fuzzy coat, which tends to felt, is the basic requirement. An equally dense, wavy and stringy coat is also desired. The small tufts of fur are few or not downy. The coat is longer on the croup, on the lower back and on the hindquarters, on the thigh (minimum 20-27 cm). On the back, on the sides of the chest and in the region of the scapulae, it has an average length (15-22 cm). On the cheeks, eyebrows, top of the head, ears, neck and limbs, the coat is shorter (10 - 18 cm); and on the lips and on the underside of the limbs it is even shorter (9 - 11 cm). Neither combed nor completely neglected coat is desirable.

 

COLOR: Ivory.

 

SIZE:  Height at the withers: Males: minimum 70 cm. Females: minimum 65 cm.

 

WEIGHT: Males: 50 - 60 kg. Females: 40 - 50 kg. The breed has few faults in “type” and is largely uniform in that it has always been bred for the same purpose.


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  • FAULTS  

Any deviation from this standard should be considered a fault and penalized in exact proportion to its severity and its effects on the health and well-being of the dog.  

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

 

• Aggressiveness or excessive shyness.

• Any dog that shows any sign of physical or behavioral anomaly must be disqualified.

• Atypical dogs.