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.
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.
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.