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United Kennel Club

Komondor

Komondor

Komondor


ORIGIN

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FCI
Hungary.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
06.04.2000.
KC
February 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Herding dog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 1Sheepdogs and Cattledogs
Section 1Sheepdogs
Without working trial

KC
Pastoral
UKC
Guardian Dog

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs C. Seidler and Mrs Elke Peper.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The Komondor is an old-established Hungarian herding breed of Asiatic origin. His original ancestors almost certainly came with the migrating Old Magyars, living as stock-breeding Nomads, to the Carpathian basin.
UKC
A native of Hungary, the Komondor is the largest of the Hungarian herding breeds. They are thought to be of Asian origin possibly descended from the Owtcharkas, having been developed from dogs brought to Hungary by the Magyars in the 10th Century. The Komondor was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1983.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
The Komondor is large in size and powerfully built. His appealing outward appearance and dignified deportment arouse respect and even fear in the observer. By nature he is not ingratiating. His robust body is covered by matted, corded, throughout dense, long hair. The body, seen sideways, forms a prone rectangle, little deviating from a square. The thickly coated head rises above the body. The tail is carried hanging down with its tip bent upwards, almost horizontal. The coat colour is ivory.
KC
Large, cord-coated muscular dog, of great strength, with plenty of bone and substance. Powerful conformation.
UKC
General appearance is one of imposing strength, courageous demeanor and pleasing conformation. The Komondor is a big muscular dog with plenty of bone and substance, covered with an unusual long, dense, corded ivory colored coat. The breed is capable of living the majority of the year in the open, without protection against strange dogs and beasts of prey.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI

The body length sligthly exceeds the height at the withers.
The deepest point of the brisket is approximately on a level with half of the height at the withers.
The muzzle is slightly shorter than half of the length of the head.
KC
Excellent guard, wary of strangers, noted for imposing strength and courageous manner.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
He has an imperturbable courage in the guarding and defense of the herds entrusted to him and the property and home of his master. He attacks silently and duringly. 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.
KC
Faithful and devoted. This strong, sharp guard dog must be treated with respect.
UKC
The Komondor, being naturally wary of strangers, makes an excellent house guard dog. They are devoted to their master and will defend him against attack by any stranger. This trait makes it advisable that the dog only be used as a herd/flock guardian/protector, not for driving. When mature, the breed is an earnest, courageous, very faithful herd/flock guardian. While a puppy, the Komondor is playful.

HEAD

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FCI
Broad, in good proportion to the body. Even the dense screen of hair does not make him appear out of proportion.
KC
Head somewhat short in comparison with width. Skull slightly arched viewed from side. Stop moderate; muzzle slightly shorter than length of skull. Broad, rather coarse muzzle, not pointed. Nostrils wide. Nose black, though dark grey or dark brown nose acceptable but undesirable.
UKC
The thickly coated head is broad but should appear in proportion with the size of the body.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Domed, brows well developed.
UKC
Domed, with well developed brows. There is a well developed, but not steep, stop.

Stop

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FCI
Well developed but not too steep.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Straight, cut off blunt, black.
UKC
The nose is wide blunt at the end. It is black in color.

Muzzle

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FCI
Not pointed; bridge of nose straight.
KC
Powerful jaws, strong teeth, Scissor bite ideal, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws, (pincer bite tolerated but undesirable). Lips tight fitting and black. Ideally gums and roof of mouth black or dark grey.
UKC
The powerful muzzle is slightly shorter in length than the skull. The bridge of the nose is straight. The jaws are very strong. The lips are black and close fitting.

Lips

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FCI
Black, tightly fitting to mouth and jaw bones. Corner of mouth jagged.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws very well muscled, strong and powerful. Even and complete scissor bite, according to the dentition formula.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite.

Cheeks

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FCI
Broad, of medium length.

Eyes

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FCI
Horizontally set, dark brown. The black rim tightly fitting to the eyeball.
KC
Medium-sized, not too deeply set, darker the better; rims dark grey or black, closely fitting.
UKC
The medium size, almond-shaped eyes are dark brown in color and horizontally set. They have black, tight fitting rims.

Ears

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FCI
Set medium high on the domed skull. Clearly pendant from the base and V- or U-shaped. Not raised neither when alert nor in attack.
KC
Medium-sized, hanging U-shaped. Erect or partially erect ears incorrect.
UKC
The medium-set, hanging ears are V or U shaped. They are devoid of erectile power.

NECK

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FCI
Very well muscled. Should form an angle of 35 degrees to the horizontal. In quiet or peaceful situations, it is carried almost in continuation of the backline. Rather short than of medium length. Without dewlap or neck ruff.
KC
Strong, medium length, moderately arched, no dewlap.
UKC
Rather short and very well muscled. Carried nearly horizontal with the back when the dog is relaxed.

BODY

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KC
Broad, deep muscular chest, back level. Rump broad, slightly sloping towards root of tail. Body slightly longer than height at withers. Belly tucked up.
UKC
Body shape is slightly rectangular, the length being only slightly longer than the height, measured at the withers. The chest is broad and deep, the deepest point of the brisket being half the height at the withers. The back is short, broad and muscular. The loin is of medium length, leading into a broad, slightly sloping croup. There is a moderate tuck up.

Topline

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FCI
Those parts of the body which form the topline are broad and very well muscled.

Withers

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FCI
Sufficiently long, clearly defined in front.

Back

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FCI
Short.

Loin

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FCI
Of medium length.

Croup

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FCI
Broad, of medium length, slightly sloping.

Chest

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FCI
Broad, well muscled. Brisket of medium depth, broad, long.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Slightly tucked up.

TAIL

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FCI
Low-set, clearly pendant; tip of the tail shows a slight bend, almost to horizontal. It is desirable that the tail reaches to the hock. When alert, the tail is raised, at most, to the level of the back.
KC
Continuation of rump line; reaching to hock, slightly curved at tip; when excited, raised in line with body.
UKC
Low set and pendant, with a slight bend in the tip. The tail should reach to the hock. It is never carried above the level of the back.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Judging of the limbs is highly affected by the long corded coat. Front legs are columnar and straight, parallel and vertical seen from the front or the side. The chest is broad which results in wide apart, strong and free moving legs. The limbs are firmly connected to the body. Bone substance is strong and powerful. Joints are large.
KC
Straight, well boned, muscular, forelegs vertical, viewed from front and side; well laid tight shoulders.
UKC
The shoulder slopes moderately.

Shoulder

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FCI
The shoulder blades are moderately sloping. Points of the shoulder blades placed vertically over the deepest point of the chest.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The straight, well-boned forelegs are muscular and the joints are large. The legs are like vertical columns from any angle. The limbs are firmly connected to the body.

FEET

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KC
Large, strong and compact, well arched toes. Nails strong, grey or black; toes slightly longer on hindfeet. Pads firm, elastic and dark.
UKC
The strong, rather large feet have close, well-arched toes and thick pads that are grey. The nails are black or grey.

Forefeet

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FCI
Large, strong with well knit toes. Pads are slate grey, thick and well padded. Toenails grey.

Hind feet

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FCI
Longer than forefeet, otherwise similar. Dewclaws to be removed.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
The position of the hind legs supports the body with medium angulations. Continuing the croup of medium length, broad, well muscled limbs are required.
KC
Strong bone, very muscular. Viewed from rear, legs fairly wide apart, parallel, well angulated.
UKC
Moderately angulated to match the forequarter.

Thigh

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FCI
Strongly muscled, voluminous.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
Broad and well muscled. Very large upper thighs. Dewclaws should be removed.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Light, free and even. The stride is wide and ground covering.
KC
Light and easy, moving with very long stride.
UKC
Light, free and even, with long strides.

SKIN

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FCI
The skin contains a lot of pigment and is slate grey. Dark pigment at the gums and the roof of mouth preferred.
Diminished pigment and pink skin undesirable.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
The whole body is covered by long hair. The coat consists of a coarser topcoat and finer undercoat. The characteristic coat is determined by the relation of the top coat to the undercoat. The shaggy coat, that tends towards matting is a basic requirement. An equally dense, wavy, corded coat also occurs. The smaller tufts of hair are less or not matted at all. The coat is longest on the croup, at the loin region and on the rear of the upper thighs (at least 20-27cm). On the back, at the sides of the chest and at the region of the shoulder blades, it is of medium length (15-22 cm), at the cheeks, the eyebrows, on top of the head, on the ears, the neck and the limbs, it is shorter (10-18 cm) and at the lips and on the lower parts of the limbs shortest (9-11 cm). Neither a combed nor a completely neglected coat are desirable.
KC
Long coarse outer coat, which may be wavy or curly, with softer undercoat. Hair tends to cling together like tassels, giving a corded appearance. Cords of an adult strong and heavy, and felt-like to touch. If neglected, forms into large, matted ‘plates’. Coat longest on rump, loins and tail, of medium length on back, shoulders and chest, shorter on cheeks, around eyes, mouth and lower parts of legs. Coat is fairly slow in cording and may not be fully formed before two years of age. Puppy coat should be soft and fluffy, adult coat usually starts appearing 6-9 months of age. Presented corded.
UKC
Long, dense and double, with a coarse outer coat and finer undercoat. The unique character of the coat is determined by the relationship between the outer coat and the undercoat. The coat must naturally tend to cord or matt. The coat is longest on the croup, the loin and the upper thighs. It is a little shorter on the back, sides of chest and shoulders. It is medium length on the head, neck, ears and limbs. Length of coat corresponds to age and a younger dog is not to be penalized for a shorter coat. A combed coat is not desirable, nor is a coat that has been completely neglected.

COLOUR

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FCI
Ivory colour.
KC
Always white. Ideally skin grey but pink skin acceptable.
UKC
The only acceptable coat color is ivory. Skin pigment is preferably slate grey. Pink skin is undesirable.

SIZE

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KC
Height: dogs: average 80 cms (311/2 ins), minimum 65 cms (25 ins); bitches: average 70 cms (271/2 ins), minimum 60 cms (231/2 ins). No maximum height, but it should be taken into consideration with overall appearance. Weight: dogs: 50-61 kgs (110-135 lbs); bitches: 36-50 kgs (80-110 lbs).

Height at withers

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FCI

Dogs Minimum 70 cm.
Bitches Minimum 65 cm.
UKC
Minimum height for males is 27½ inches. For females it is 25½ inches. Weight for males ranges from approximately 110 to 130 pounds. Females range from approximately 88 to 110 pounds.

Weight

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FCI

Dogs 50 – 60 kg.
Bitches 40 – 50 kg.
The breed shows few faults in type and is largely uniform as it has always been bred with the same target.

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
In particular
Lack of pigment on noseleather, eyes and rims of lids.
Loose eyelids.
Ring Tail.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
UKC

Eyes: Light-colored eyes.
Ears: Ears that move forward toward an erect position.
Neck: Any dewlap.
Forelegs: Loose elbows.
Coat: Straight coat. Silky coat.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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UKC
Teeth: Any missing teeth.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Aggressive or overly shy.
Flabby construction, body lacking muscle.
Entropion, Ectropion.
Overshot or undershot, wry mouth.
Pricked, light ears.
Short tail (ending 3 cm above hock).
Heavy limbs and faulty movement.
Not ivory coloured or multicoloured coat.
Diversion from lower height limit as mentioned in the standard.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

(An Eliminating Fault is a Fault serious enough that it eliminates the dog from obtaining any awards in a conformation event.) Adult dogs under the minimum height requirements.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Bobtail. Entropion or ectropion. Overshot, undershot or wry bites. Prick ears. Any other coat color or combination of colors. Coat that fails to cord by the time the dog is two years of age.
Teeth: Overshot, undershot or wry bites.
Eyes: Entropion or ectropion.
Ears: Prick ears.
Coat: Coat that fails to cord by the time the dog is two years of age.
Color: Any other coat color or combination of colors.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.