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Maremma Sheepdog : History, Temperament, Care, Training, Feeding & Pictures

MAREMMA SHEEPDOG

Apartment Living

Good for 1st Time Owners

Tolerance Levels

Affection for Family

Kid Friendliness

Stranger Friendliness

Ease of Grooming

General Health

Trainability

Prey Drive

Exercise Needs

Energy Level

History

In some regions of Italy, ancient shepherd dogs were used, and the name "Maremma Sheepdog" is derived from them. It is believed, the dogs from Maremma and Abruzzes were treated as two different breeds earlier, but in 1860 these were crossed and now they are considered as a single breed.

Temperament & Personality

The dog has exceptional working abilities, in recent years Maremma is seen as a great companion, without connecting deeply with the master. Without being a persistent barker, the breed makes a superior watchdog. It can mix well with other pets but stay aloof from strangers. The primary job of this breed is to guard its property and flock, being an extraordinary sheepdog it excels its position. It is affectionate to its master but not dependent as they are qualified as an independent. The dog gets well with children, but it is not for the first time owners. Their giant size, alive nature, and herding instinct do not make them suitable for a condo life. Their double coat makes them go through extreme cold conditions.

Exercise

Their vast size requires space, mental and physical. Maremma Sheepdog will require long walks and jog if they are not working as a sheepdog. It needs the freedom to run and explore the yard.  It will help the dog to stay healthy physically and mentally. Without enough exercise and space, dogs will turn moody and can disturb the family members by barking.

Grooming

The breed requires moderate grooming, brushing the dog twice will keep its coat clean, but during shedding season it will need frequent brushing to remove the dead skin and hairs. To maintain its oral health and to prevent tartar build up it will need brushing twice a week, veteran prescribed toothpaste is helpful. Regular ear cleaning will reduce the chances of ear infection, and wax builds up, additionally, clip the nails when they overgrow. Working Maremma requires minimum grooming than the dogs who stay indoors.


Health Problems

Although a healthy breed, it is known to suffer from few common problems like Hip Dysplasia, Bloating, Problems related to muscles. Regular check up with veteran and random tests like Blood Tests and X-Rays will keep the dog healthy.

Training

Maremma is a quick learner, but sometimes they become stubborn and will not quickly follow the command of its master unless they controll tactfully. The short training session will prevent the dog from getting bore, while positive methods like giving snacks treat or praises will make the dog learn tasks easily. To keep their protective tendency in control, they need early socialization training.

Commands like “Stop,” “No,” “Sit,” “Come” need acquaintance to refrain them from any unaccepted behavior. These commands will help the dog to react correctly in everyday life.

Feeding

Being a large dog, it requires high-quality commercial foods specially formulated for their size. Besides, proper nutrient based diet will also keep the dog in good health. As it is prone to bloating, dividing meals into small parts  becomes necessary.

Maremma Sheepdog Facts

Maremma Sheepdog

Group:

Breed Type:

Characteristics:

Other Names:

Abruzzese shepherd dog, Abruzzenhund, Pastore Maremmano, Abruzzese, Cane da Pastore, Pastore Abruzzese, Italian sheepdog, abruzzo sheepdog

Size:

Height & Weight:

24-29 inches & Male: 75-100 pounds, Female: 65-90 Pounds

Color:

Orange, yellow and Solid white with shades of ivory,

Competitive Registration / Qualification Information:

ACA, CKC, APRI, ACR, DRA, KCGB, FCI, NZKC, NKC

Shedding:

Heavy Shedding

Hypoallergenic:

No

Average Litter Size:

6-9 puppies

Lifespan:

10-13 years

Coat:

Long, thick wavy white coat encircling its neck

Price:

$600-$800

Origin:

Italy,[Europe]

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