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Komondor dogs (also known as\r\nthe Hungarian sheepdog) are large, white livestock guardian dogs with a long,\r\ncorded coat.

\r\n\r\nKomondors were brought to\r\nHungary by Cumans, the Turkic speaking, nomadic people who settled in Hungary\r\nduring the 12th and 13th century. The name Komondor derives from Koman-dor,\r\nmeaning "Cuman dog". In the late 10th century, Mongols began to\r\nexpand their territories at the expense of the Cumans, forcing them to move\r\nwestwards. Fleeing from the Mongols, they reached the borders of Hungary in the\r\n12th century. Cumans were granted asylum and settled in Hungary in 1239 under\r\nKoten Khan.

\r\n\r\nKomondor remains have been\r\nfound in Cuman gravesites. The name quman-dur means belonging to the Cumans or the\r\ndog of the Cumans, thus distinguishing them from a similar Hungarian sheepdog\r\nbreed which later merged with the Komondor. The name Komondor is found for the\r\nfirst time written in 1544 in the History of King Astiagis by Kakonyi Peter, in\r\nHungarian. Later in 1673 Amos Comenius mentions the Komondor in one of his\r\nworks. Today Komondors are fairly common breed in Hungary. Many Komondors were\r\nkilled during World War II and local stories say that this is because when the\r\nGermans (and then the Russians) invaded, they had to kill the dog before they\r\ncould capture a farm or house that it guarded.\r\n\r\n 

\r\n\r\nKomondor dogs have a natural\r\nguardian instinct to guard livestock and other property. They are an extremely\r\nindependent thinker and can often times be stubborn and dominant. They can be\r\nvery reserved around strangers and tends to be hostile towards other strange dogs.\r\nHowever, Komondors interacts rather well with other pets and specifically\r\nlivestock. They are happiest when they are watching over someone or something.\r\nWhile their personality can often be calm and quiet, Komondors are absolutely\r\nfearless when a situation arises where they need to act as a guard dog. In this\r\nsense, they are extremely protective of their family and may sometimes\r\nmisinterpret playful tumbles with children.

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