My History with the Komondork
I have loved Old
English sheepdogs most of my life. In 1989 I started
breeding and showing them. While visiting a groomer in
Lake Villa, IL in 2000, I was greeted by two beautiful
Komondork in the exercise pen.
I met their owner, Rob, and told him I am a dog person
showing OES and that I'd always had an interest in the Komondor but was concerned that they required a lot of
work. He said they are virtually no work at all and
brought one of the Kom's in to meet me. She was so
friendly and loved attention.
Rob and I talked for hours about Kom's. His breeder was
soon doing a repeat breeding and Rob asked if he should
look for a Komondor pup for me. I didn't even have to
think twice. A few months later I had my first Komondor
pup and named her "Honey". She was beautiful! I was
amazed at how smart she was. She knows which OES not to
mess with and which ones accept her.
After years of showing OES, it became routine to simply
receive our ribbon as the judges simply move on to the
next exhibitor. When I would show the Komondor, every single
judge stopped to talk about my Kom. I became friends
with many judges because of my Honey and was surprised
to learn that many Judges also own Koms. They all told
me the Komondor is a very special breed.
It's important to know if your dog can do what itís
breed was bred to do. Each year we bring our OES for
herding instinct tests. Each dog is tested and
professionally evaluated to see if they can properly
herd without hurting the sheep. I brought my Honey to
the herding test. The instructor said "save your money"
because Komondor don't usually herd. I signed her up
To everyone's surprise, Honey loved herding! She was
very good at it. The instructor encouraged me to take
Honey further and get herding titles on her.
We live in a dog friendly suburb of Chicago where you
can do a lot of fun things with your dog. Last year, my
friend, Kathy McBride and I took Honey and an OES to the
annual Anti Cruelty event at the Blues Brothers Hotel in
Chicago. The hotel owners are very dog friendly allowing
dogs in the main lobby and even into the bar where you
can sit with your pooch and have a drink as you would
with a human friend. They serve doggie treats and
there's a lot for dogs to do. Other dog owners and hotel
guests frequently stopped us to visit and admire our
We also took Honey to "Dog Day" at Chicago White Sox
Park where each year the team invites 500 dogs and their
owners to attend a baseball game. There is a dog parade
on the field. It's a fun time for dogs and owners. Honey
drew much attention with so many people wanting to touch her
that I would often have to hide her from the admiring
crowds. Honey was very well mannered considering how
many people were trying to get to her.
Last year we decided to try Honey at Lure Coursing. Though Honey knew exactly what to do, she did it at her
own pace. The club hosting that event loved Honey and
invited us back for this year. Imagine a Komondor
lure coursing! That breed is rarely seen.
My Honey has a photographic memory, if you change
something in the house she goes directly to what ever
changed to make sure everything is ok. When she was 1
year old, one of my OES had a litter of 5 puppies. Four
weeks later the mother OES decided she was done being a
mother wanting nothing more to do with her puppies. Honey immediately went to work taking care of the
puppies as if they were hers. I wish you could have seen
see Honey's great care for those puppies.
We kept one of the OES puppies from that litter and
named her "Emma". To this day, Honey and Emma are
inseparable. Emma thinks Honey is her mother. Honey
still cleans Emma and takes care of her. Emma had her
own litter 4 weeks ago and Honey is eagerly awaiting
Emmaís full time return to playing and having fun with
The Komondor is indeed a rare and special breed. My OES
and Komondor get along just fine. Honey has brought
great delight to my home. I hope you enjoyed learning of
my experiences with the Komondor. Feel free to contact
me if you have any questions about these lovely dogs.
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