This is another post of a dog lifespan series , the focus is on Komondor, a fluffy corded hair dog. In this post, you will learn the life of a Komondor, how long can they live and what are the tips to prolong their life.
So What Is A Komondor?
Komondor is an intelligent, friendly dog with a unique corded hairstyle. Sometimes they are also called “Hungarian Komondor” or “Komondor mop dogs” because of their white corded hairstyle. The mop-like coat helps to protect them from predators and bad weather. Komondors are famous because they serve as guard and devoted companions. They are strong dogs that protect their family and property.
They are so protective and will bark if anything wrong happens. Moreover, Komondors are friendly with the children in the family and get attached with them.
How Long Do Komondors Live?
The Komondor’s average life expectancy is 10-12 years. There are a lot of factors that affect the Komondor’s lifespan. Proper diet and care can make it possible that your Komondor can live longer than average lifespan. Unfortunately, most dogs cannot reach their average lifespan due to health issues.
Common Health Problems That Reduce Komondor lifespan
Like other dog breeds, Komondors are also very prone to some diseases that reduce their lifespan.
Entropion is a common eye disease in Komondors. In this condition, the dog’s eyelid rolls inward that can injure the eyeball. It can affect one or both eyes. Entropion is a very painful condition that can lead to blindness. Your dog may suffer from entropion if you notice him or her rubbing the eyelids. It usually occurs at the age of six month in Komondors but can be treated surgically when the dog reaches maturity.
Bloat is also called “Gastric Torsion”. It is caused by the sudden influx of gas in the stomach. Komondors are more prone than other dog breeds to develop this disease. In this condition, the Komondor’s stomach twists and fills with gas. The twisting effect can cut off the blood supply to the stomach. If it is not treated on time, it can cause the death of your beloved Komondor. Sometimes, the death occurs within 30 minutes.
The common symptoms of bloat in Komondors are:
- Enlarged abdomen
- Lie in the prayer position
If you notice these symptoms of bloat in your Komondor, you should immediately take him to the veterinarian.
Hip dysplasia is a condition in which the thigh bone does not fit in the hip joint. It is a very common disease in Komondors that can cause early death of these dogs. In this disease, the dog’s hip bone is weakened due to abnormal growth. You may notice that your dog is not getting up from a lying position.
Hip dysplasia can lead to arthritis that can be treated to minimize the pain. The best way is X-ray to diagnose hip dysplasia in Komondors. Surgery is the best option in severe cases.
Like other purebreds, Komondors are also very prone to teeth abnormalities. Oligodontia is a disease in which there are only a few teeth present in the dog’s mouth. It can cause difficulty in eating. Another problem is Misaligned teeth that can cause many issues. Braces can be used to correct the misaligned teeth. (You may be surprised but dogs can also get braces!)
Underbite are more common in Komondors than other breeds. In this condition, the dog’s lower teeth may extend further than your upper teeth. It is usually due to a misaligned jaw. Most cases do not require the treatment, but if your dog is suffering from severe pain then it is best to take them to the veterinarian. Extraction and orthodontic work may be effective in this condition.
Tips To Help Your Komondor Live Longer
Komondors are not very active dogs. Therefore, regular exercise is important to keep them fit and healthy. You should take your Komondor to the walk daily. Your dog may also love to play tug of war games with you. You should also train your dog because they love to take directions from their owners.
You should pay attention to nail care and dental hygiene. It is important to brush your Komondor’s teeth at least 2 to 3 times a week. Brushing can remove tartar buildup from the teeth and prevent your dog from other bacterial infections.
You should trim your Komondor’s nail once or twice a month. Short nails keep your dog in good condition.
A healthy diet plays an important role in the lifespan of your Komondor dog. It should prevent them from certain diseases, so it can increase the life expectancy of your dog. You should give them natural food that contains all nutrients necessary for their growth.
You should give your dog good quality food that keeps them healthy. The amount of food depends upon the size, age and activity level of your dog. Moreover, you have to make sure that your dog is getting a proper diet.
Komondors are a healthy breed and do not have many health concerns. But they are usually susceptible to bloat or hip dysplasia. They may also develop ear infections and fungal infections. So, it is important to take care of their health. You should notice their weight changes that are sometimes difficult due to the fur.
You should buy the Komondor to a responsible breeder that may ensure you that your dog does not have hip dysplasia or any eye disease. You should also take your dog to the veterinarian for regular checkups. It is good to diagnose disease earlier, so the proper treatment can reduce the risk of early death.
Final Words on Komondor Life Expectancy
Komondors are strong, friendly and naturally protective dogs. They are best for those people who have training experience and time. Komondors have an average lifespan of 10-12 years. They get easily attached with their family. They are also very friendly with the children.
Komondors have developed some diseases that can reduce their life expectancy. You should follow the tips that can help to reduce this risk of diseases in your Komondors. It is better to take care of your Komondor, if you want them to live a longer and happier life.
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