The Komondor (The Hungarian Sheepdog) Characteristics
Feeding of Komondor (The Hungarian Sheepdog)
Feeding Komondor puppies:
- Up to 2 months - 6 times a day;
- 2 to 3 months - 5-6 times a day;
- 3 to 6 months - 3-4 times per day;
- 6 months to 1 year - 2-3 times per day;
- After 1 year and adult Komondor eats 1-2 times a day;
Each owner is responsible to adapt his Komondor’s eating habits. Excellent-quality dry dog food provides balanced nutrition to full-grown Komondor. Your dog may like cottage cheese, fruits and vegetables, and cooked eggs, but these foods should not add up to more than 10 % of his daily nutrition. Komondor puppy needs to be given top-quality, brand-name puppy food.
Healthy foods for Komondor:
- Lean beef
- Turkey, chicken (without tubular bones)
- Boiled offal (except liver)
- Raw vegetables (carrots, pumpkin, cabbage, finely grated zucchini)
- Fat-free cottage cheese, yogurt
- Sea fish without bones (boiled); give 1 - 2 times a week instead of meat, increase the portion by 20%
- Give eggs 2 times a week (boiled - whole, raw - only yolk)
- Black dried bread (1-2 slices)
Toxic and Dangerous foods for Komondor:
- Fat meat
- Spicy food
- Salty foods
- Grapes, raisins
- Raw river fish
- Tubular bones
- Seaweed (can stain Komondor's coat in yellow)
The Komondor (The Hungarian Sheepdog) Health Problems
Komondor are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they can be subject to certain health conditions. Not all Komondor will get any or all of these diseases, but it is important to be aware of them if you are considering this breed. If you want have healthy dog, do not buy Komondor puppy from a breeder who cannot provide you with written documentation that the parents were cleared of health problems that affect the breed.
Attention! Having the dogs "vet checked" is not a substitute for genetic health testing your Komondor.
Here are a few conditions to watch for in this breed:
- Hip Dysplasia is degenerative disease occurs when the hip joint is weakened due to abnormal growth and development.
- Entropion is an abnormality of the eyelids in which the eyelid rolls inward. This inward rolling often causes the hair on the surface of the eyelid to rub against the cornea resulting in pain, corneal ulcers, perforations, or pigment developing on the cornea which can interfere with vision. This defect is usually obvious in puppy has reached six months of age. One or both eyes can be affected. If your Komondor has entropion, you may notice them rubbing at their eyes. The condition can be corrected surgically when the dog reaches maturity.
- Gastric Torsion (Bloat): Bloat is caused by the sudden influx of gas and air in the stomach. This causes the stomach to distend and twist and can cause death in a dog if it is not treated.
- Heart disease and thyroid disease can occur in Komondor.
- A neurological disease called degenerative myelopathy gradually progresses to hind-end paralysis.
- Chronic allergies cause itchy skin, and scratching can lead to bacterial infections (hot spots). The profuse hair inside the ear canals can cause recurring ear infections.
- Like all large breeds, the cancer rate is increasing.