145. Komondor


Komondor is a shaggy dog that protects sheep from predators like coyotes. In U.S.A. alone, coyotes pose a major economic threat to the sheep farmers. Every year they feed on 10% of the flock.

Coyote population was controlled by the use of a poison called Compound 1080. But the U.S. government banned the use of this poison in 1972, as it harmed the wild life. Since then the coyote population has boomed.

Alternate methods of controlling coyotes were expensive, ineffective and time consuming. It was then that the comical looking Komondor came into the picture.

An ancient working breed, belonging to Hungary, Komondor has a long white coat hanging like twisted cords. It is 2 feet tall, weighs about 100 pounds and is very powerful, brave and agile.

This dog’s fierce territorial instincts make it a perfect flock protector. This dog is devoted to its master and is extremely protective. It is used to guard the sheep and not flock them.

Since late 1970s, Komondors have made themselves invaluable to the sheep farmers. Part of their training includes introducing the Komondor to the sheep when still young. Komondor treats the flock as its very own and protects it.

Though a little expensive Komondors save the farmers money in the long run and also help to save the environment and the other wild lives.

Visalakshi Ramani

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