At A Glance

Size: Giant

Weight: 66 -100 lbs.

Height: 23" - 29"

Life Span: 10 - 12 years

Maremma Sheepdog

Also know as: Maremma, Pastore Abruzzese, Cane de Pastor Maremmano-Abruzzese

Group: Herding

Origin: Italy (Ancient Times)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Guard Dog

History and Facts: The Maremma is a descendant of several Eastern Sheepdogs that spread through Europe in the 1000s - 1100s, including the Kuvac, Kuvasz, Great Pyrenees and Komondor. Originally used as a flock guarding dog, today's Maremma is a companion and guard dog for people and property.

Temperament / Behavior
Serious, brave and friendly. This breed is affectionate to its family without being dependent. Highly intelligent, the Maremma can be trained but will only accomplish tasks that it believes are necessary or interesting. If the dog sees no point in the thing you are trying to teach him, he will not bother learning it. This breed is much more responsive to training when it believes it is on the same level as its owner. Does not respond well to firm training that tries to establish authority over it. Because the Maremma has been bred over the ages to be protective of its flock, it has also learned to consider its family part of the flock, and is especially watchful of the children in its family.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Special Needs
Exercise: The Maremma Sheepdog requires frequent vigorous exercise, including play sessions and runs in fenced yard.

Grooming: No special grooming requirements.


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