PUPPIES! We have puppies, roly poly, cute and cuddly, adorable and precious. And not just any puppies but Komondor puppies! For many years I had watched the dog shows and marveled at the Komondorok as they floated around the ring. How many times did I remark, “I want one of those”? Well much has changed since I saw my first Kom on TV, changes that allowed for me to actually have one of these magnificent dogs. The biggest change is I now live on a farm that uses working dogs, the perfect place for such a dog.
These are not your average dog and don’t thrive in the cities. They were breed to endure some of the worst weather that nature has to offer and defend their charge against fearsome predators. I love these dogs! I can put them in the pastures in the midst of a blizzard to fight off packs of coyotes and then turn in for the night without fear of what I will find in the morning. Nothing can do that except a LGD, not a llama or donkey or other such animal I have read about that some have claimed guard their livestock. A U.S. Marine could do it but otherwise, no.
We have Great Pyrenees that handle most of the work now as we are just developing our Komondor training program so I will say something about them. They set a very high bar for our new Kom puppies to reach. Our dam is Paige, of the Montgomery Kennel as is the sire, Zenta, a Hungarian import. Paige is the fourth Kom to live at Cota Farms and her litter is the first born here.
In addition to offering our puppies for sale, I hope to have sales of trained pups. Ideally these pups would be purchased along with the rest but remain here for an additional period for training. In this way we hope to develop a more modern training approach to livestock guard dogs. Most of the present training methods are focused on a type of sheepherding that is used less today and far less here in America. Much of the sheep production that goes on here is done on small farms or on limited acreage. There is also the likely hood of some other livestock on the premises, like chickens or geese. In the old countries the dogs may prey on these birds in an attempt to feed themselves but today dog food is abundant and so the dogs can be expected to protect everything in their domain.
We have had rather good success so far. I can say that our losses under all circumstances are much less than when we did not have the dogs. I have noted the drive to attack waterfowl seems to be greater than with chickens or turkeys. This is something I will keep track of. The smaller predators that like to prey on chickens or ducks are also deterred by the presence of the dogs as we seldom find their carcasses anymore and the dogs don’t usually consume the whole animal even if they do take a bite out of it.