Northern Diamond Kennels

Alaskan Husky sled dogs and American Pit Bull Terriers

Watching over all the animals and property are three livestock guardian dogs, two Great Pyrenese and a Komondor.

The three stooges, from left to right-Winnie, Lace and Splutzchka

Lace Patroling the yard.

 

Lace is "smiling" in this photo, not acting agressive. People sometimes mistake her affection for agression. My pyrs are very friendly with people, not so friendly with wild animals that stray onto the property. They are very loud, barking at any sound they hear all hours of the night and day, which actually keeps many animals away.The barking of this breed can be a nuisance to neighbors if you live in a populated area. I have neighbors but they are not really close.

Splutzchka being silly. She is still young, born halloween 2010. She is really good at patroling the perimeter of the property if she thinks there is a need to do so. She is quite loud too, but not quite as much of a barker as Lace.

 

Winnie the Komondor. She is a great guardian, not really an excessive barker, but she is alert and will protect the animals and property if a wild animal comes near. She comes from working stock in Idaho, her grandfather was imported from Hungary. I really like this breed, they are affectionate without being needy and can really think for themselves.

Komondor Origins and History 

(from the Komondor club of America)

The Komondor is believed to be a very ancient breed, although historical references to the dog only go back several centuries. It is probable that the Komondor moved to the Danube Basin (present day Hungary) with the nomadic tribes which settled there in the ninth century. These early Komondors were used to guard herds of sheep, goats and cattle from predators, which included wolves, bears and humans. The dogs lived out in the open with their charges, and often had to make their own decisions in the absence of a shepherd to guide them. Thus they developed into a very intelligent, independent and strong-willed breed. A few Komondors were imported to the United States in the 1930s, at which time the breed was recognized by the AKC. During World War II, Komondors were used to guard military installations and a great number of them were killed. The hardships suffered by both the people and dogs of Hungary also took their toll, and after the war, the dogs were extremely rare. Dedicated individuals who loved the breed searched out remaining Komondors, which for the most part still lived as flock guardians in remote rural parts of Hungary, and started breeding them again. Once the Iron Curtain separated Hungary from the western world it became quite difficult to export the dogs, and very few made it to the U.S. However, enough dogs made it through, mostly via the efforts of Hungarians living in the West, that the breed had become fairly well established in the U.S. by the late 1960s. The Komondor is still a very rare breed, and most people have never seen one. The largest populations of Komondors today are in Hungary and in the United States, with numbers of animals in each country probably in the two to three thousand range. The total number of Komondors worldwide is far less than ten thousand.


Breed Characteristics

A correct Komondor should give an impression of imposing strength, courage, dignity and pleasing conformation. The Komondor is a large, medium-boned, muscular dog with an unusual white (never colored or black) coat which consists of tassels of hair which are called cords. (The coat is hard to imagine, if you have never seen it, but it is somewhat similar to the dreadlocks worn by Rastafarians.) In ancient Hungary, working Komondors were out on the plains during most of the year with their flocks, and the Komondor coat developed to give the dogs protection against both predators and extremes of weather. The coat is also very similar in appearance to that of the Hungarian Racka sheep, which allowed the dog to blend in with his flock. Unlike the herding breeds, the Komondor is a flock guardian. When with his charges in the fields, a mature, experienced Komondor tends to stay with the flock, keeping predators away, but not allowing himself to be drawn away in a chase. In the United States, many Komondors are employed as livestock guardians (with sheep, goats, cattle, exotic birds, etc.), with some success. However, the majority of them are kept as companions and house guards. For these dogs, the family, including both humans and other animals, becomes the flock. Komondors living in households will be reserved with strangers, but demonstrative with those they love. They are selflessly devoted to their families, and will protect them against perceived threats from any quarter. Their devotion to those in their care and their sense of responsibility towards them, produces a courageous, vigilant and faithful guardian.