This herd-watching phenom is (officially!) A national treasure in Hungary, where the broad earned it’s keep for centuries guarding sheep and cattle. The Komondor’s name means “dog of the Cumans,” referring to the tribe of people who brought the dogs to Hungary in the 12th and 13th centuries. The dogs’ white coat helps them blend in with their herds and the wintery landscape. During the puppy phase, the coat is soft and wavy. But as the dog matures, the outer coat grows coarse, trapping the softer undercoat to form cords, which protect from predators and provide warmth.
The Bergamesco was only officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015, but it’s an ancient breed whose 2,000-year history stretches from the Middle East through Asia to the European Alps. Their independent, sociable, intelligent nature makes them perfect for herding. And just as they are accustomed to protecting their flocks of sheep, their “flocks” or hair keep them warm in the extreme mountain winters and protect against predators. The long hair over their eyes as a protective visor to prevent sunburn on bright winter days surrounded by reflective snow.
This easily recognizable is widely known for its versatile coat and elegant comportment. Cords do not come naturally to a poodle, but a meticulous and attentive owner can change the coat and create thin cords like those worn by the stylish lady pictured here. The coat must first be clipped and never brushed. When cords form, they must be separated again and again. Shampooing is out of the question-you must soak the corded cap in warm water and then squeeze the cords dry.