The Corded Komondor

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This gorgeous working dog, that I am DYING to see in person, is best known by the long cords that its coat forms with age. Originally a working dog of Hungary, the Komondor is used to guard sheep and livestock. Due to its protective instincts with livestock, it can extend the same mentality towards its owners and be wary around strangers. The lifestyle for which it was bred also adds to a need for moderate exercise.

The coat is dense and protects from attacks as well as letting them blend in with their charges. It attracts dirt and insects, and so, must be regularly inspected. Since it becomes corded naturally, brushing isn’t necessary but the cords must be pulled apart to avoid matting in the heavy coat.

The breed doesn’t face many hereditary issues but can be affected by the following:

They are more prone to parasites due to their coats and their ears can be easily infected since their is no air circulation in them. Coat maintenance spans out to the feet as well to prevent infection and/or matting in the fur between the pads of the Komondorok (plural form of Komondor, weird I know).

To see more about this breed and breed standards, you can visit the AKC site!

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Kooikerhondje

Kooikerhondje

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The Kooikerhondje is a spaniel type dog that is rapidly gaining popularity in the US (not yet an AKC breed). The breed almost went extinct after WWII. They are working dogs that were originally for duck hunting and tolling in the Netherlands. “They were used to lure and drive ducks into ‘kooien’ (cages in the form of canals with traps at the ends), where the hunter (the so called Kooiker) could easily catch the fowl.” (#1)

Kooiker’s are alert, happy dogs that seek to please their owners. They have waterproof coats (which help in duck hunting) that requires minimal maintenance.

In terms of health:

Here’s some more information on the Kooikerhondje courtesy of Animal Planet:

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  1. Wikipedia – Kooikerhondje