The Maremma Sheepdog is a large, graceful, white breed of dog, of a majestic, rustic appearance.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN Italy.
MOST SUITED AS Family pet and guard-dog for herds.
SIZE The shoulder-height is 63 to73cm (24 ½ to 28 ½ in) for dogs and 60 – 68cm (23 ½ 26 ½ in) for bitches.
The coat is long-haired and wiry with a dense under layer. Colours of white with markings of ivory, light yellow, or pale orange are permitted by breed standards. Typically livestock guardians such as the Maremma Sheepdog are bred with white or at least light coloured coats so they are easily distinguishable to farmers from wolves or even bears. (Editor – it makes sense, you wouldn’t want to shoot your own dog)
This breed requires regular thorough grooming with both brush and comb to remove all the dead and loose hairs. This requires particular attention during the moulting period.
The Maremma Sheepdog is friendly and loyal, sober, determined, brave, intelligent, dignified, well-balanced, and a very good guard-dog without being a constant barker. They are correctly described as affectionate but not dependent. This is not a dog for a novice dog handler, they are large, independent, beautiful and wilful.
This breed is not one to follow your every command slavishly and absolutely never when it cannot see the point in it. Its education and training require mutual respect in handling and voice, and above all consistency. They are strong willed and it’s unlikely they will easily submit to a trainer who wants absolute obedience.
This breed gets on well with other dogs and pets, and in general is patient and forgiving with children.
This breed needs space, mentally as well as physically. Do not condemn this dog to a walk-around three times a day. Long and alternating walks are necessary for this breed. It must indulge itself freely from time to time. When it gets enough freedom and space, it will be quiet in the house.