Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Maremma; Pastore Maremmano Abruzzese; Maremmano-Abruzzese; Abruzzenhund; Cane de Pastore; Abruzzese
A popular and historic sheepdog in Italy, the Maremma Sheepdog is a livestock guardian breed used for centuries to ward off wolves, bears, and other dangerous predators. As an ancient guardian dog used to protect sheep, it can get physical, blocking and leaning on you to nudge you where it thinks you should be. This large dog is not a toy. It considers itself a serious defender with an important job to do, and it has the strength to protect and defend against those it regards as intruders or attackers. This dog can take down a wolf, so you know it must be powerful.
This is not a pet for the average family. Indeed, the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America says flat-out that they don't recommend this breed as a pet: "It is a working dog, with 2000 years of genetic background of livestock guardianship behind it, and it needs a job to keep it occupied." Don't choose the Maremma unless you are an experienced dog owner capable of managing and socializing a strong, powerful breed-- and be sure you have something meaningful, such as guarding your livestock, for your dog to do.
Appearance / health:
The Maremma Sheepdog is a strongly built, large dog. The conical head appears larger in proportion to the size of body. The length of the muzzle is slightly less than that of the skull. The eyes are medium sized, almond shaped, and dark in color. The small V-shaped ears hang flat to the side of head in repose and move forward when alert.
Maremmas are below-average shedders, but shed heavily usually once a year around winter. Female Maremmas shed more frequently than dogs. Regular brushing or combing is sufficient to stimulate coat growth and remove dead hair. Standard care is needed for eyes, ears, pads, and nails.
Maremmas are large and active dogs and require a lot of exercise for proper development. However, they are fast growing dogs and excessive exercise could affect their bones and joints, and thereby hinder their growth. Vigorous exercise until six months of age can be avoided. A regular walk once or twice a day is sufficient to keep them in good shape.
The Maremma is a very hardy dog and no breed-specific disease has been documented. A few cases of epilepsy, heart problems, cancer and hip dysplasia have been reported. Some Maremmas have a strange habit of licking themselves until they have a bare red patch.
Behavior / temperament:
Maremmas are loyal and devoted guards who see their main function as being the protector of their master and their master's property. They get easily bored if left alone for long durations. This may result in their chewing anything around the house, or digging holes in the garden. They have strong protective and territorial instincts and require extensive socialization at early age to prevent shyness or aggressiveness.
Maremmas have an active mind with a high intelligence. However, their independent-minded nature makes them difficult to train, requiring great consistency and patience.
Maremmas bark at every new sound and sight they come across. This could make them excessive barkers in an urban setting. They can be trained to stop barking on a verbal command such as "stop."
working dog, easy care coat, livestock protection, smart, magnificent dog, Great choice
suburban life, family pet, small kids
reputable experienced breeder, independant thinking
Max, my best friend.
The Maremma Sheepdog is a wise and loyal dog, but he isn't the one you should look for if you want a family dog. He has beautiful, thick, white fur which is soft and easy to brush. As a puppy he wants your attention, but he doesn't destroy things, only wants to play and run. When he grows up, he becomes more independent but doesn't refuse your company. He isn't aggressive with the owner, but becomes aggressive when necessary. If you're looking for a guard dog, this dog is the right choice! The Maremma Sheepdog doesn't need to socialize a lot with other dogs and instead of walking with the owner, he prefers to run in big pieces of land. Even if this dog is really independent, he appreciates cuddles and attentions. He's really sweet and loves his owner with all his heart. He doesn't want you to be a leader, hates to be submissive, wants respect and if you have respect for him, he will respect you. This dog is very smart, but if you try to give him orders he won't follow them. You have to explain him the command, then he will immediately learn it and repeat it. You don't really have to care about the fur, he's a rustic dog, just brush it often and wash it sometimes. He's very strong and never gets sick, but it's important to always give him the right pesticides. This dog doesn't need lot of attention, but he really loves his owner. If you give him love and you care about him, he will be a good friend and you'll establish a deep connection with him..
From gacaccia Apr 16 2015 4:10PM
Mammary tumours are the most common neoplasm in intact female dogs and account for approximately half of all neoplasms in the bitch
Almost 50% of breast cancers are malignant, and half of this number become metastasized by the time they are diagnosed. Sex hormones play a important role in developing tumors on mammary glands, so intact females have 7 times bigger risk. The studies have shown that the risk of containing tumors is directly proportional to the age of ovariohysterectomy. Data clearly indicate the preventive role of ovariectomy prior to the second estrus. Ovariectomy has no effect on already developed malignant tumors, but it can increase survival time in dogs with tumors if done at least 2 years before the tumor diagnosis (this means that if the dog has a big statistical chance of containing a tumor, this surgery could help his chances). .
From DVM Ivana Vukasinovic 4 days ago
Does Not Work to Teach a Dog to Heel
Many people opt to use a back clip harness on a dog that pulls. Well, this is great if you want your dog to pull a sleigh or become a weight pull champion, but if you want your pooch to learn to heal, then you need to avoid a back clip harness. The dog will not be choked by the harness and indeed be able to put effort into pulling you from point A to point B. You will not be able to teach the dog to heel with such a device.
Avoid a back clip harness as a training tool. It is ineffective if you want to teach your dog to heel. Instead, use a choke collar or a prong collar. .
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