Well done to everyone who entered Crufts, a good turnout with some splendid examples of the breed.
The breed was once again represented at http://www.discoverdogs.org.uk/ and attracted lots of attention!
The Komondor Club of GB
Open Show 9 th October 2016
I spent a lovely afternoon with some super dogs and their very dedicated owners. A very high, consistent type was evident, no major constructional issues, very good feet and presentation was superb. Grateful thanks must firstly go to the committee for their very kind invitation to judge and all the hard work to make the day such a success. Secondly to all the exhibitors for their entries and support to both myself and the club.
1 Moore’s Bokorszeri Gabe – Just out of puppy, very promising of good size and height to length ratio. Well made all through, just needs time to fill out and gain substance. Well boned with good parallel limbs. Strong, broad rear quarters with good tail set, carriage and length. Has a well-balanced skull and muzzle, dark expressive eyes. When settled covered plenty of ground. Just needs to tighten up and down which should come with maturity
Post Grad D
1 Waters Tajak Galagonya – Son of Zoltan. Quality male of 5yrs. Lovely balanced profile of size and shape. Well carried, strong medium neck into level topline with good depth of chest plenty of angulation front and rear. Has lovely bone and substance. Carrying a full coat, cords of good length and texture. Well shaped head into strong muzzle and super large black nose. Dark eyes. Medium stop. Very free sound action all ways. Side gait showed plenty of drive, retaining topline and tail carriage. RBD and RBIS
2 Brock’s Hawkbrock Rolma – 2yrs and maturing well. Slightly smaller male, lighter frame than 1 with substance and cords still developing. Has good overall shape and proportions. Carries himself well, level topline with balanced angulation front and rear. Good strong rear quarters, tail slightly shorter. Head in proportion, Good free balanced action.
1 Tajak Galagonya
1 Branch’s Jabenezer Zoltan – Has matured into a quality boy and at 7yrs looking fabulous. His coat was just perfect with cords so even in width and thickness. Correct texture and length. Underneath was plenty of bone and substance with a good body weight. Shoulders well laid, deep broad chest, level topline into broad strong rear quarters. Good sized head, proportioned strong muzzle. Dark alert eyes. Profile was clean and balanced Good size, strong topline and his coat finishing the picture. Moved as he was made, powerful sound lively action covering plenty of ground. BD and BIS
2 Tajak Galagonya
1 Jabenezer Zoltan
1 Moore’s Almadi Harsasuti – Just 14mths. Stood well for examination but when asked to move spent more time upside down for her tummy to be tickled. However, so pleased to see coat presentation as good underneath as on top! With company in the brace class she did move very well when a good free side gait was evident. Already has a good even cording all over. Has a well-balanced frame work just needing time to mature. Pleasing skull and muzzle with medium stop
1 Whitham’s Hawkbrock Shiwa – Very promising 30mths. Liked her balanced profile shape and size. Plenty of angulation, with good chest and tuck up. Good bone and substance developing. Clean topline, slightly sloping croup into well set tail of good length. Well-proportioned skull and muzzle, though I would like the muzzle slightly stronger. Medium stop. Free balanced action, good length of stride retaining topline. Carrying a good coat. RBB
2 Whitham’s Hawkbrock Zilcan – Sister to 1 with very little between them but not quite so mature. Lots to like and has the same pleasing type, size and construction. Darker eye than 1 and again would like a slightly stronger muzzle. Moved soundly but not the enthusiasm as her sister.
Owners so lucky to have two such beautiful girls
3 Bricknell-Sproston’s Pusztamagus Borsika Emma
Post Grad B
1 Manners Pusztamagus Panka Sava – Just days out of junior and very immature. Larger size and needing time to tighten and gain substance as slightly narrow all through which also gave a close, loose action coming and going. Side gait was lovely and free, covering plenty of ground. Well balanced head and muzzle with lively dark eyes. Cords developing well.
1 Eburne’s Fodor O’Hugarikum – 6yrs. Quality with a lovely clean, balanced profile, with correct height to length ratio. Strong topline into broad strong rear quarters with balancing front angulation. Limbs well boned and parallel. Chest deep with breadth well sprung ribs. For me carrying too much weight which also took away her spring of step though has a good even sound action. Well-fitting mature coat of even cords, with good length and texture. Head in proportion, strong muzzle but would like it slightly shorter. BB
1 Fodor O’Hugarikum
1 Moore’s Bokorszeri Gabe and Almadi Harsasuti
2015 Critique – Judge Darren Clarke
Komondor Club Of GB
It was a honour to be invited to judge the Kom Club Of GB show and thanks to the committee for the invitation and the exhibitors for the support.
I first came across this fascinating breed around 30 years ago while attending my local ringcraft with my first Briard pup. There were 3 fully corded mature Koms that attended our club weekly with their owner Leslie Galton. Mr. Smith, Rupert and Annie were their names (can’t remember their kennel names!) very occasionally I was allowed to handle ’Smith’ at club matches or at, what was then, Exemption shows. i was taught early on, by Leslie, about the breed and the correct way of assessing and understanding their unique characteristics, they made a lasting impression on me.
Other Koms I have admired over the years include: Kim Sears ‘ Aristarcus, the Froome’s Ike and Jan Bodle’s LuLu whom I handled at Crufts one year.
It is my biggest regret in dogs that I never got to meet Ann Arch’s famous Kitten, just left to admire photos.
I had a very good entry. Overall type, size, conformation and movement were pleasing. Their unique coat takes so long to form and cord fully and, having a white Puli myself, can only imagine the amount of work that is involved in keeping them clean and in show ring condition. Temperaments were generally good and the atmosphere at the show was lovely, dogs and owners all socialising on a warm Autumn afternoon, just what breed club shows should be!
As I am about to send this, I have just heard that Leslie has passed. RIP lovely lady and thank you for mentoring me about Koms, the breed that was closest to your heart.
ND(1) 1st Brock’s Hawkbrook Rolmo. Super young boy. Best head here today. Wide skull, strong muzzle and large black nose. Good eye colour, strong bite and pigment. Good reach of neck leading to a well angled front. Chest developing well, strong bone, good body and firm loin. Excellent quarters and a well set tail of good length. Coat showing good development forming strong cords. Great ring attitude and enjoying his day. Pleased to award him RBD.
Grad (2) 1st Hawkbrook Rolmo.
2nd Sear & Quill’s Teglasi Szelbori Eros. Another very good Kom. Slightly older and consequently more mature in coat and body. Nice head, good eye and expression, pleasing conformation, excellent temperament. Moved well just needs to settle a bit going away. Good corded coat nicely prepared.
OD(2) 1st Branch’s Jabenezer Zoltan. What a great representative of the breed this 6 year old boy is. Medium sized and fully mature in both body and coat. Sensible temperament. Pleasing head and expression and showing good strength and balance between skull and muzzle. Ok in pigment. Good conformation, deep chest, strong bone. Holds his oultine well. Moved out soundly from firm hocks. Good length and set of tail. Excellent cords of good strength, thickness and length. Made a worthy BD & BIS. Thank you for bringing him.
2nd Cowley’s Pustaalom Anika Vedo. Well grown 6 year old. Excellent cords that were immaculately presented. Excellent head and well filled muzzle. Good to go over on the stack but a touch narrower all through. Excellent side gait showing reach and drive.
PB(1) 1st Manner’s Pusztamagus Panka Sava. Delightful 6 month old pup. Super head and muzzle filling out well. Big nose, good eye and strong scissor bite. Good reach of neck and good angulation front and back. Good body for her age. Moved well once settled. Now needs to tighten-up all through. Lovely clean, well presented puppy coat. So good to see a younger handler showing her dog with a clear bond between them. BPB & BPIS well done and good luck for the future.
JB(2) 1st Somogyi Betyar Nyertes Lola. This young bitch oozes breed type. Great size and stature with bone to match. Large broad head and muzzle and typical big nose. Good eye and bite and Ok in pigment. Strong, muscular neck and developing well in depth of chest. Could be better angled in front but wasn’t restricted on the move. Excellent ribbing and firm loins. Good hind angulation and a long, well set tail. Moved very well from all directions, not hurried, just covering the ground with ease. Obviously has some way to go with coat but it is showing good formation with strong cords developing. BB and RBIS.
2nd Brock’s Hawkbrock Mnyam Samye. Lovely type, size and typical outline. Difficult to assess today as she would insist on playing the clown! This can however be channelled into a sensible show temperament. Moved well once settled. Cords developing well.
NB(4) 1st Whitham’s Hawkbrock Zilcan. Litter sister to RBD and similar in so many ways, just a feminine version. Lovely type, good depth, substance and bone to match. Strong head, well filled muzzle. Good conformation with balanced angles front and back. Excellent mover showing reach and drive. Good coat, clean and showing well defined cords.Close-up in the challenge just not the presence of Lola yet but will probably change places many times during their show careers. RBB.
2nd Walker’s Hawkbrock Tashi. Well grown bitch of good balance both in head and body proportions. Still relatively young at 19 months and can firm-up a bit in topline. Good to go over on the stack and pleasing coat, cording well. Moved well once settled. Happy temperament.
3rd Whitham’s Hawkbrock Shiwa.
PGB(4) 1st Brock’s Hawkbrock Dkarba Segemo. One of six litter siblings here today and the breeder must be congratulated on producing an even litter of typey Koms with sensible temperaments and this bitch is no exception. Loved her for type, great presence, good size with substance to compliment her frame. Still to mature fully but, like her litter mates, shows potential. Soundly constructed and moved well with reach and drive. Good coat, cording well.
2nd Eburne’s Fodor O’Hungaricum. Medium sized fully mature bitch in a wealth of fully formed, strong corded coat. Good strong head and muzzle but still feminine in expression. Good bite and pigment. Reachy neck leading to a well angled shoulder. Good bone. Topline ok, firm over loin and nicely angled rear. Liked her height to length ratio. Moved well from side gait, could be a bit firmer going away. Excellent tail set and carriage. Well presented coat.
LB(1) 1st Fodor O’Hungaricum.
OB(2) 1st H Dkarba Segemo.
2nd H Tashi.
VB(1) 1st Sear & Quill’s Vera De La Combe Parisette Tourmentine. A great honour to judge this lovely lady. Now 11 years young and was really enjoying her day out. No longer in full coat, and rightly so! Enjoying her twilight years without the weight of a fully corded coat. Her sound construction is there for all to see. Such a good type and I understand she is behind many that were here today so proving a good brood too. Thank you for bringing her. BVIS.
Brace. 1st Branch’s. Pair of excellent Koms moving well together around the ring.
Darren Clarke (Judge)