Thinking about purchasing an Maremma Sheepdog? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Maremma Sheepdog breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Maremma Sheepdog owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Maremma Sheepdog and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Maremma Sheepdog Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Maremma Sheepdog and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Maremma Sheepdog Profile
The Maremma Sheepdog is a majestic white dog, of a large size and a rustic appearance. They are strong, active, and for their size, very lithe. They have triangular drop ears and jet black lips, nose and eyes. They are quite furry, but not fluffy or shaggy. They have a long tail that almost touches the ground. The Maremma Sheepdog can be rather independent, especially in work. They are a working dog and need a job to keep them occupied. Their function has been to guard the flock and property of the shepherd for millennia, even in situations where man is not present. Maremma Sheepdogs are devoted to their master but treat them as an equal and a friend. They are affectionate with people they know, but if you mistreat the Maremma they will always remember it. The Maremma Sheepdog does not like to be dominated, and would not do well in an obedience course. Maremmas are so dedicated to their flock of sheep that one was said to have guarded sheep all his life on a particular farm. When the family got rid of their sheep and replaced them with beans in the same field, the Maremma was said to have taken over guardianship of the beans! Always treat a Maremma fairly and they will turn into an indispensable guardian angel for your stock, your farm and your family.
Other Names: Maremmano Abruzzese, Abbruzzese, Pastore Abruzzese, Cane da Pastore Maremmano-Abruzzese
Type: Companion Dog
25.5 - 28.5 inches ( 65 - 73 cm );
white. Shades of ivory, pale orange or lemon are tolerated but only in certain
Sheepdogs are courageous, intelligent, sturdy and proud. They are independent
and treat their owners as friends that are equal rather than the typical "human
owns dog" relationship. They will be stubborn if you do not treat them with
the same respect. They re protective and good with children, so protective that
they may misinterpret rough play from other children. They also get along well
with other pets, protective and good. They will guard other pets. They are independent,
affectionate, and have a working mentality.
Very high. Maremma Sheepdogs are intuitive, watchful and have a strong
sense of territory. They tend to bark a lot. Unsociable and reserved with strangers.
Maremma Sheepdog Care and Exercise:
Maremma Sheepdogs are exceptionally clean in their habits. Brushing once a week
and dry shampoo when necessary. Baths would damage the undercoat. Maremma Sheepdogs
need no training for guarding.
Activity: Medium. Puppies
are large and active and their growth rate is fast. Free running will be especially
beneficial for muscle development.
Maremma Sheepdog Health Issues: Very healthy, although Maremmas may suffer from hip dysplasia and eye disease.
Life Span: 10 - 14
Country of Origin:
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