Livestock guard dogs
New litter born 4-26-19
The pups have made their first
milestone on the road to becoming excellent livestock guard dogs. A
late season born kid gave them a chance to witness kidding. As you can see
all went well and they are quite happy
with the newest addition to their flock.
Here are some of our previous pups.
These pups have been raised right in the barn with my goats and horses.
Look close. One of these babies is not a goat
Komondors are the best protection for livestock known to man. Our Kom's are NOT kennel raise, they are born right in the barn and live and grow up with our goats, in order to make the finest possible livestock guard dogs. They are not overly socialized with humans so they will bond better with the livestock. They are not pampered or coddled in any way. They grow up to be strong and healthy and hardy under normal farm conditions so they can do the job they have been bred for a thousand years to do. My Koms have driven off everything from mountain lions and wolves to two legged would be chevon eaters.
Please note. Our koms are only sold to working farm homes. We DO NOT sell them as pets.
On occasion, someone will badger me as to why I
will not sell a kom as a pet. They will regal me with some fine tale about
how so and so had one as a pet/therapy dog and how wonderful the
dog was. To them I say you were just lucky. For every success story about making a pet out of a Kom there are 100 failures, and often those failures end up with the euthanizing of the dog.
There is nothing that will ruin a working breed faster than trying to turn it into a pet. The desired traits of a livestock guard dog are a far cry from that of a pet. People with their "pet" Koms mistakenly
think they have something wonderful, when in fact, what they have is a dog that would and should be culled from a breeding program, yet these people will breed these misfits with the mistaken idea that
somehow they are better, when in fact, they are most likely, worthless for the job they were intended to do. To maintain the usefulness of a breed, only the dogs with the proper breed
characteristic should be bred. It gives me great pain to see fools undo what has taken many years of careful, selective breeding for traits that are quite specific to the breed. To do so only leads to the down fall
of the entire breed, and I will have no part in that.
Valentines Day, Feb 14, 2011
I love my Koms! Today we moved the goats to fresh pasture on our property next door. We just drove the goats across the
back yard and threw the gate behind the house. The Koms stayed behind at the barn. I wasn't too concerned, figured they'd find their way to the goats in their own good time. Just a short time later, I started hearing barking coming from the general vicinity of where we had moved the goats to. I got paranoid, figuring that my neighbors dogs had already managed to find my goats without protection and were on the attack. I should not of worried. One of the females had already found her way to the goats and was in with them telling the world she was on duty. I sure was proud of her. By dark the rest of the dogs had joined her, and once again, I could rest easy, knowing the goats were in good paws!
April 18, 2011
The goats are home now and kidding season is well underway. My male, Bilbo is hard at work now making sure all the new kids are safe and sound. Here he is, watching over the 2 newest additions to his herd. The kids are barely an hour old, and are attempting to get their first meal. The dogs preside over each birth, making sure the kids get licked off clean and no mess is left over to attract predators.
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