Livestock Guardian Komondors

We do not have any Komondor puppies available at this time, but we are taking pre-orders for our next litter. Our puppies are purebred, healthy, friendly and family socialized. They are sold with full vaccinations, dewormed and they come with a puppy health record from the Armstrong Veterinary Clinic. Our livestock guardian parent dogs protect all of our goats, chickens, ducks and geese with 0 losses to predators.

$1000 each per puppy 

TESTIMONALS:
We sold Danae Cameron a female Komondor puppy on Oct. 30, 2022
Hey Carolyn,
We named her Aster and she’s doing amazing; I am so impressed with her. She comes into all of the pens with me and listens very well. She is slightly indifferent to the goats but gets extremely excited to see the pigs every day. She lays down or walks around with them and she’s content. It’s enjoyable to watch her interactions with all of the animals on the homestead. The entire family is very happy with her and has fallen in love with this breed. Thank you very much for all the help and information, your kindness and quick responses helped me to make the decision to get her. I can say that I have zero regrets and I am so grateful that she is a part of the family. I hope everything is going well with your family and farm.  Kind regards, Danae Cameron

Komondor History:
Dignified, loyal and brave the Komondor is an ancient breed. It is called the “King of the Working Dogs” and is a renowned and rare livestock guardian dog. The word “Komondor” can be found in Hungarian documents dating from the 16th century, though reference to large sheepdogs predate that. They have been used for centuries to guard—not herd—flocks of sheep. They are still utilized today as a flock guardian, staying outside for many months in all kinds of extreme weather. The Komondor breed has been declared one of Hungary’s national treasures, to be preserved and protected from modification. 

American Kennel Club and the Komondor Population:
The American Kennel Club recognized the Komondor in 1937. The breed was nearly wiped out during the World War II era, leaving only a few dozen individual dogs. The breed was slowly re-established in Hungary. The shaggy coated Komondor is one of the most highly rated livestock guardian dogs. Since the breed’s introduction to North America from its native Hungary just a few years back, Komondor dogs have helped sheep ranchers in both Canada and the United States to reduce–dramatically–losses to marauding carnivores. The worldwide Komondor population is estimated at far less than 10,000 — the Komondor is a dog that most people have never seen and is still rare today. 

Komondor Size:
The Komondor is a large breed of dog, and many are over 30 inches tall. Komondor females on average weigh between 88–110 lb. and Komondor males weigh on average between 110–132 lb. The breed is medium boned and well-muscled with a surprising amount of strength.

Intelligence and Protection:
Komondors are unusually intelligent and were bred to think for themselves. Even though they are naturally wary of strangers, Komondors are smart enough to be trained to do whatever you ask of them, and they will instinctively guard without any training.

As a pet, the Komondor is quiet around the house, unless it perceives a threat to those entrusted to its care. They are protective of their family, home, flock and possessions. They are extremely affectionate with their family and friends, and they will guard children with special care. Although wary of strangers, the Komondor will nonetheless accept them when it is clear that no harm is meant.

Once a new member has been introduced into the family or flock, the Komondor will never forget them. A Komondor will routinely greet someone it has not seen for years as though it had just seen them yesterday. The Komondor responds very well to positive training and praise.

Predators:
When it comes to looking after their livestock, they are independent and watchful. Like all livestock guarding dogs they are calm and steady when things are normal but in cases of trouble, this dog will leap to defend its charges. Despite its size, the Komondor is astonishingly fast, agile and light on its feet. With its impressive speed and courage, a Komondor can easily outrun a coyote or wolf. They are known to rest during the day while patrolling for intruders at night. 

Grooming-Hypoallergenic, Non-Shedding and Corded Coat:
Not only do their coats protect them from extremes of cold and heat, but they also provide a natural protective armor against bites, which they might receive in the line of duty. The cords are open to the skin and allow air to flow through, but are very dense, so the coat acts as an insulator and a cooling mechanism. Their curly hypoallergenic coat does not shed and allows them to blend in with the livestock that they are guarding, making their presence unknown to the predators until it is too late.

The Komondor is tough and can handle quite low temperatures and extremes of weather; the coat is warm in winter and water-repellant. In extreme heat Komondors will seek shade. The coat consists of a woolly undercoat and a coarse and wavy topcoat. Its tightly corded hair does not shed and is hypoallergenic. Therefore, Komondors are a good breed for those who have allergies to dog hair and dander as this breed releases very little dander into the environment, making it a good choice for allergy sufferers. 

As a show dog, breeders let the Komondor hair grow into long cords, but we have found that clipping their hair once a year in the late spring works well for our farm environment. There is no set timetable, but owners who do not plan to show their dogs can trim the cords to about 3 inches long with a trimmer or a blunt scissors. Their natural curly hair is basically self-cleaning and if left to grow their hair will begin to form natural cords. Mature cords cannot be brushed but occasional baths help keep them clean. Their ears should also be cleaned occasionally and the hair growth within the ear can be thinned with tweezers or blunt scissors. Regular cleaning of the ears will ensure that they can hear the coyotes or other predators.


Komondors on our Farm:
Since I was a child there has always been dogs in my life. In the early 1980’s I owed a registered female Puli sheepdog for 12 years. I loved her unique coat and warmly recall her affectionate temperament, high intelligence and willingness to learn. The Puli is a smaller 35lb. version of the Komondor from Hungary with the same corded coat.

In 2020 we purchased a purebred 8-week-old female Komondor puppy. We named her Rogue, and she was trained by an older female livestock guardian dog. Then we found a registered male Komondor in Hungary that came from champion blood lines, and we imported Somogyi Betyar Juhasz (Samu) when he was 10 weeks old. Our Komondor pair became best mates immediately. They enjoy playing and running around together with us and their puppies.

Our Puppies:
They are friendly and playful; have soft hypoallergic non-shedding hair and they remain calm when they are held. Many Komondors are “late bloomers”, not fully mature until nearly three years of age so do not expect an eight-month-old puppy to behave as an adult working dog would. However, these dogs are smart and large enough at an early age to learn basic commands, bark and become involved with the farm life and or the home environment.

Health and Diet:
Komondors do not suffer many heredity problems. Perhaps because the breed has descended from centuries of hardy working stock, Komondors have few genetically linked problems.

As with all livestock guarding dogs, Komondors have been bred for many centuries to make efficient use of their food. Despite their size, Komondors do not eat big meals. These dogs should be provided with a high-quality dog food that is appropriate for their life stage (puppy, adult, senior).  Many adult Komondors eat no more three cups of food per day and are in excellent health and weight.

Our Komondor puppies are fed Blue Buffalo puppy food and we feed our adult Komondors Canadian Naturals dog food.

Puppy Questionnaire:
The puppies will be ready for their new homes at 8 weeks of age. We will ask you to fill out a puppy questionnaire prior to preparing a puppy contract for you. This is so we can get to know you and learn more about your household and living situation. Finding good homes for each one of the puppies is important to us and caring for a large breed Komondor dog is also a lifetime commitment.

Puppy Contract:
Each puppy that we sell comes with a puppy contract that the breeder and new owner both sign and date. We will send you the puppy contract via email prior to your deposit so that you can read it and sign it. We will also provide you with printed puppy contract and the veterinary health record/ vaccinations at the time of sale.

A $200 deposit per Komondor ordered is required to hold the puppy of your choice. Your full name, address and phone number is required along with a deposit in order to reserve a puppy. A reservation will not be held without a deposit.

Matching Komondor puppies with great homes is a tremendously rewarding experience and we look forward to booking an appointment with you and introducing you to our adult dogs and litter of Komondors.

Our Komondors and Livestock:
Our Komondors sleep outside year-round. We have a kennel set up in our hay storage shed for the puppies. Komondors have a deep loud bark that they use when they need to while patrolling at night. During the day they sleep on a high ground spot where they are watchful for stray dogs, predators and strangers.

We have found this breed of dog to be a good fit with our chickens, waterfowl, goats, horse and farm cats. Our Komondors have not hurt any of our livestock. This impressive, breed dog was bred to take on bears, cougars, wolves, coyotes and other predators. Rogue and Samu are excellent guardians and they both enjoy spending time with us and are eager to learn. They want to please us, and we look forward their company at chore time.

Our male Komondor, Somogyi Betyar Juhasz (Samu) is registered (see above photo), and he was imported by us in June 2021 from Hungary.

Our Male Komondor/Sire:
Our male Komondor comes from champion bloodlines. He is 1.5 years old now and still growing. His immediate ancestors were all show dogs and of course he also has working dogs in his Hungarian history too. Samu is an impressive intelligent Komondor, and we fell in love with immediately. He is loyal and friendly and seeks our approval. His calm disposition with the animals and family members on our fam makes him invaluable.

This is a picture of Somogyi’s dam/mother, Almadi Harsasuti Milka.

This is Somogyi’s sire/father, Canicum Pasztor Duhaj.  They both reside in Hungary.

 

Our Female Komondor/Dam:
Our female dog, Rogue is a purebred Komondor, and she was tested as a puppy for hip dysplasia by a veterinary. She was vaccinated but not registered. She is currently 2.5 years old, and she had her first litter of 6 healthy and chubby puppies in September 2022. She has proved to be an excellent mother as she has a gentle protective nature with her puppies and us.


Training:
Our Komondors have not been difficult to train. They are eager to spend time with us and they respond to commands without the need for constant treats. The owner’s voice and displeasure are usually enough to make the dog understand the rules. 

All working dogs should be handled daily from puppyhood, and they should have a level of manners and training. Coming when called and walking on a leash are useful skills for a working Komondor, as is accepting restraint calmly. This allows dogs to be easily moved, examined and groomed as needed. They need to be shown their boundaries, so it helps to walk a puppy around the borders and verbally reprimand him if he leaves your property. As many times a day as possible, bring the puppy in with the livestock under supervision. This way you can reward correct behavior and correct unwanted behavior. 

Komondors excel at working solo, making decisions for the wellbeing of its flock without direction from a master. Both of our Komondors are very alert to danger, and they stay up all night to protect us and the animals from the coyotes that lurk around our farm at night. We have not lost any of our livestock to predators since we have purchased our Komondors, and we love them as family dogs too. It is nice to be able to sleep without the worry of losing your livestock and to be able to leave our home knowing that everyone is safe and protected.

Feel free to email us or call us if you are interested in purchasing a puppy or if you have any questions concerning our Komondors.
info@wildacres.ca

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