FCI Breed Standard

Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) about

Translation: Joy C. Levy, George Halasi-Kun, and Maria Zankowich
Origin: Hungary
Date of Publication of the original valid standard: 06.04.2000

Shepherd dog.


Group 1 Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs).
Section 1 Sheepdogs.
Without working trial.

The Komondor is an ancient Hungarian shepherd breed of Asiatic origin. His original ancestors almost certainly came with the migrating Magyars, living as stock-breeding Nomads, to the Carpathian basin.


GENERAL APPEARANCE: 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 reserved. His robust body is covered by matted, corded, throughout dense, long hair. The body, seen sideways, forms a prone rectangle, longer than it is wide. The thickly coated head rises above the body. The tail is carried hanging down with its tip bent upwards, almost horizontal. The coat color is ivory.



  • The body length slightly 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.
  • The ear is 60% of the length of the head.


BEHAVIOR / TEMPERAMENT: 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 boldly. He regards his territory as his own property and will not tolerate any other living creature in it. His nature is mistrustful. During the day, he likes to keep a lying position enabling him to control his area. At night, he is always on the move.


HEAD: Broad, in good proportion to the body. Even the dense screen of hair does not make him appear out of proportion.


Skull: Domed, brows well developed.
Stop: Well developed but not too steep.


Nose-Mirror: Straight, cut off blunt, black.
Muzzle: Not pointed; bridge of nose straight.
Lips: Black, tightly fitting to mouth and jaw bones. Corner of mouth jagged.
Jaws/Teeth: Jaws very well muscled, strong and powerful. Even and complete scissor bite, according to the dentition formula.
Jowls: Broad, of medium length.
Eyes: Horizontally set, dark brown. The black rim tightly fitting to the eyeball.
Ears: 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.

Very well muscled. Should form an angle of 35 degrees to the horizontal. In quiet or peaceful situations, it is carried almost as a continuation of the topline. It is short rather than medium long. Without dewlap or neck ruff.


Topline: Those parts of the body which form the topline are broad and very well muscled.
Withers: Sufficiently long, clearly defined in front.
Back: Short.
Loin: Of medium length.
Croup: Broad, of medium length, slightly sloping.
Chest: Broad, well muscled. Brisket of medium depth, broad, long.
Belly: Slightly tucked up.

Low-set, clearly hanging; 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.


Forequarters: 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.
Shoulders: The shoulder blades are a little steep. Points of the shoulder blades and breastbone are in the same vertical plane.
Forefeet: Large, strong with well knit toes. Pads are slate gray, thick and elastic. Toenails gray.
Hindquarters: The position of the hind legs supports the body with relatively steep angulation. The medium length croup continues into broad, muscular limbs.
Upper thigh: Strongly muscled, voluminous.
Hind feet: Longer than forefeet, otherwise similar. Dewclaws should be removed.


Light, free and dignified. The stride is elongated, covering a lot of ground.

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


Hair: 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.
COLOR: Ivory color.


Height at Withers
Dogs:: Minimum 70 cm. (27½ in.)
Bitches: Minimum 65 cm.(25 ½ in.)
Dogs: 50 – 60 kg. (110-132 lbs.)
Bitches: 40 – 50 kg. (88-110 lbs.)

The breed shows few faults in type and is largely uniform as it has always been bred with the identical breeding goals.

FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points should be regarded a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to the degree of the fault.

  • Lack of pigment on nose leather, eyes and rims of lids.
  • Missing teeth, misaligned incisors
  • Loose eyelids
  • Loose shoulders
  • Loose soft paws
  • Cowhocks
  • Curled tail
  • Insufficient size


  • Flabby construction, body lacking muscle
  • Entropies, Extortion
  • Overshot or undershot, wry mouth
  • Pricked, light ears
  • Short tail (3 cm (1½ In.) above hock)
  • Heavy limbs and faulty movement
  • Not ivory colored or pied coat
  • Diversion from lower height limit as mentioned in the standard

NB: Male animals must have two apparently normal developed testicles fully descended into the scrotum

FCI Standard N° 53 / 13.09.2000 / GB

FCI International Breeding Strategies: http://www.fci.be/uploaded_files/29-2010-annex-en.pdf