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October 4, 2013

Welcoming a Komondor Puppy!

This might come as a huge shock to some people, especially those who know I'm allergic to cats and dogs, but Hubs and I would like to introduce you to someone:

Komondor Puppy Four Months Old
Komondor Puppy Four Months Old
Four Month Old Komondor

Meet Szuka (pronounced "Sooka"), our four month old Komondor puppy.  Yup, this little girl is a puppy still, weighing in at 36 lbs already.  Komondors are a Hungarian sheep-guarding breed, bred to watch and protect.  We've talked about getting a Komondor for years, waiting until we had a large enough property.  I think having her around will help me feel more safe in the country and if my allergies get too much, she can romp outside.  Right now I'm just keeping Claritin in business.  I was actually thinking of gutting the sauna and making the whole guesthouse hers, complete with a shower room where I can bathe and groom her, but she is already so attached to us.  I'm not sure she'd welcome too much alone time.  We missed out on the itty-bitty puppy stage for Szuka, but here are some photos from the breeders, a sweet couple who have a beautiful farm and a few of their own Komondors.

Tiny Komondor Puppies
Komondor puppies
Fluffy white komondor puppy

So adorable!  I'm happy we got her at four months though, because we've immediately begun treating her like the big dog she will become (80-100 lbs, or more).  If we got her teeny, I would not have been able to resist getting her accustomed to sleeping on my lap (or bed), something I might not love when she grows to her full size.  Her relatives are a beefy lot.

Full grown adult komondor
  
They all have a short hair-do, which is how we'll keep her, but some folks let their Komondor's natural dreadlocks grow long.  They require a lot of maintenance to shape them into even dreads and not one big matted mess.  They can take more than 24 hours to dry after a bath, and you can imagine how much dirt and goo gets trapped in them!  It's a bit too much work for us, so she will remain adorably scruffy.

Beautiful corded Komondor
Komondor cords
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Szuka will be making more appearances around here and I wanted to introduce you right away, so you don't wonder what a luckdragon is doing lurking in the lakehouse.
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27 comments

  1. ahhh sooooo cute! congrats on the new addition :)
    I have 3 cats and a dog.... and an allergy problem. Clartin is my best friend. Also, mopping the floors and washing the curtains way more often then I otherwise would have.

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    1. Nice to know it can be done (allergies+furries). Good tip about the curtains!!

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  2. How adorable is that face?! Hope you bought stock in Claritin because, speaking from experience, resisting cuddle time with an 80 lbs dog is futile!! Wishing you nothing but the best in your new adventures!
    P.S. I'd be happy to takeover the guesthouse!

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    1. Stock in Claritin - such a good idea!! LOL. Thanks for the kind words.

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  3. A family friend had Komondors on her farm and they need a lot of training (but then again, most dogs do). You might want to look into some puppy obedience classes soon. Dogs are social creatures. They want to be part of a pack so, please don't leave this poor thing on her own outside. That would not be very nice.
    Also, I'm very allergic to cats but my in-laws have them. In addition to antihistamines, I have an inhaler to use as needed. It helps.

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    1. Yup, she's definitely a handful. Whip smart, but also a bit willful. I will enroll in obedience as soon as I am settled in one city for the 8 week course. I did classes with my Jack Russel years ago and they helped her a lot. Right now we're doing daily training and getting lots of exercise :) The breed is bred to be somewhat more independent than other dogs and like to patrol at night. Re-purposing the guest house so she can patrol the property at night, but still access a warm and cozy spot might be a good fit for her. I can be annoying to be with alllll day, lol.

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  4. Sweet! Congratulations - dogs are a lot of work, but the best companions :)

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    1. SO much work. I have only had a tiny little dog before, so it's an adjustment to have a big girl around!

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  5. She's so cute!!! My parents lived in the country and always had big dogs. They did make my mom feel safer and less lonely when my dad had to be out of town. She'll be your best buddy.

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    1. I'm learning she's not the bravest thought, lol. But definitely cuddly!! Already my best buddy :)

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  6. oh now that is a cute dog! love her. i understand about allergies but if you keep her groomed you might be ok. Plus, the neti pot is a life saver for me! congrats on your new family member!

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    1. I will look into the neti pot, thanks for the tip.

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  7. Congratulations on an adorable addition--and in crisp white, no less. :)

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    1. Haha, although she looks awfully beige against our white walls!! And getting beiger and beiger each day - bath time soon!

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  8. They are so cute as puppies! my hubs has the same problems with allergies. I want a cat so bad, but I don't know if he could breathe around it :P

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    1. Cats are so much worse for me, allergy-wise. Shame you can't add a kitty!!

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  9. Congrats, T! I know you have been thinking of getting one for a long time - so glad you were able to find a new family member. She's adorable.

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    1. Thanks! I can't wait for you to meet her - I hope she's still in this sweet puppy stage when you do. She's so playful and cuddly right now.

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  10. oh, I looove her. Allergy shots gave me my life back, the needle is very tiny so you hardly feel the shot. I had to go weekly at the start and after a year I was down to once every six weeks.

    We had a puli when I was small, she used to herd my little sister to keep her on the grass and off the sidewalk.

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    1. I have actually researched allergy thoughts and am seriously thinking about getting them, despite a serious fear of needles. My allergies interrupt so much of my life, puppy or no puppy, I'd love to live without them. Thanks for sharing your experience - you've given me hope!! Pulis are great dogs - so adorable!!

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    2. If you end up getting shots, can you let me know how it goes? I'm undergoing rigorous allergy testing right now and so far I have 75+ pages of things I'm allergic to. I'm thinking shots might be a good way to help me live my life, but they kinda make me nervous.

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    3. Definitely, I will. I have to undergo the allergy testing first, although I already know what my allergies are: the world and everything and everyone in it. But I seriously think you are allergic to more, lol. Perhaps targeting the most obtrusive allergies would be more feasible? Anyway, I'll be sure to update you. Unless I die of fear. Needles, my gosh.

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    4. I'll just chime in quickly and say that I had allergy shots over a period of years, and so did my husband. Don't be afraid of the needles! Recent research has improved the effectiveness of the tests and the shots a whole lot, and the relief you will achieve will make it worth your while to do some deep breathing exercises and overcome your fears. For what it's worth, I found that nurses give ten times better shots than doctors (more experience, more confidence!) and that the injection itself lasts such a short time that it's more like getting bumped when you're stepping on or off a bus than anything else. The biggest nuisance is that sometimes you get something like a mosquito bite where the shot went in - you're allergic to the stuff they're injecting, after all.

      In the meantime, Tanya... get a nice washable blanket to put on any surface where you will be cuddling with Szuka, so you can throw it in the washer often. (Not getting dander on the couch or rug could be a challenge, otherwise.) And do keep her clean. The dirtier the dog, the higher the dander content. I used to use a shower massage attachment in the tub for my dog -- easy to get at all sides, and actually soothing for the dog if you have the gentle setting on. Hand-held hairdryer works well, too. Don't let her outside before she's dry, or she'll just go and pick up more stuff that you're allergic to and bring it back in.

      Having said all that, I'll just say I'm envious! What a sweet pooch. I'm sure you're going to love having her.

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    5. Thanks so much for the information about the allergy shots. I'm nervous about them, but knowing they work makes it worth it. Even without a dog, my allergies are a daily inconvenience and I have had trouble breathing sometimes when a really bad attack hits. Once we're settled I'll track down a good allergist and give it a go! You've given me confidence to do it. Thanks for the other tips, too. I will definitely designate a Szuka blanket and keep her clean. Right now she's scared of any hose/shower but we've given her one bath already (I used a watering can to rinse her, lol).

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  11. Awww! She is beautiful... and I just love big dogs. We have property in Haliburtion and looked into a few different guarding breeds b/c of bears. I am not dreadfully fearful of bear encounters but knowing that these large breeds, bred to guard sheep from wolves & bears too, makes me less worried about the kids trekking off in the forest. I'd never heard of Komondors but I'm smitten.
    We have listed our house and are on the hunt for a new one near hubby's new job. And we've been waiting to get a dog until then. We're excited for the move but especially about finally picking out another dog.
    Congrats, on the pup and perhaps your allergies won't be too bad because of the type of coat she has. My mom has terrible allergies that trigger asthma, however, she only chooses a breed that is crossed with poodle or terrier. Breeds with coats that mat rather than shed cut down on the amount of air-bourne dander. She doesn't have a problem unless she has to bathe the dog herself. But a groomer helps with that.
    Best of luck with the new family member- it's pretty exciting.

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    1. We picked the Komondor partly because they can reportedly best a bear or wolf and are fiercely protective. I'm not super worried about bears, but there is a whack of bear poop on our lawn so I know they are around. I hope just having her will make sure they keep their distance. I've never had a big dog, only a wee little Jack Russel Terrier, so it's different but I'm excited for her to grow big, although I will miss this fun puppy-stage. I understand about waiting - we were going to wait until we actually live at the lakehouse and aren't split between the two cities but we just couldn't wait any longer and this litter popped up and they weren't insanely expensive like at some breeders so we took the plunge. I hope your selling/buying goes smoothly and I can't wait to hear what kind of dog you get!!

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  12. Cute dog! I am allergic to cats, so I know how hard it can be. I hear there is a shampoo you can use on cats (fun times) that reduces the dander which causes the allergy. I wonder if there is a similar shampoo for dogs? You can also get a special dog brush that reduces shedding if you use it regularly. Maybe your husband can brush her outside for a few minutes a day. And train her early that she is not allowed in your bedroom....at least then you won't be sneezing at night.

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