Dog Breed Profiles

Maremma Sheepdog

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Dog Breed Group
Other 
Origin of Breed
Italy 
Life Expectancy
10 - 14 Years 
Color
Solid white. Shades of ivory, pale orange or lemon are tolerated but only in certain limits. 
Coat
Very well furnished. Hair long, rather harsh. Slight waviness is tolerated but only in certain limits. 
Temperament
The Marema is courageous, intelligent, sturdy and proud. 
Good with Children
Very protective, also with children's friends once he gets used to them. Best if the owner makes a formal introduction. He objec 
Grooming Needs
Exceptionally clean in his habits. Brushing once a week. Dry shampoo when necessary. Bath would damage the undercoat. 
Average Size - Male (in)
25.5 - 28.5 
Average Size - Female (in)
23.5 - 26.5 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
77 - 99 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
66 - 88 
Health Issues
Very healthy, may suffer from hip dysplasia and eye disease.v
Living Conditions
Rural is the best or suburban with a big garden with enclosure. Quite happy to be out of doors in all weathers. 

Breed Description

The Maremma Sheepdog is a majestic white dog, of a large size and a rustic appearance. He is strong, active, and for his size, very lithe. He is a working dog and needs a job to keep him occupied. His function has been to guard the flock and property of the shepherd for millennia, even in situations where man is not present. He is devoted to his master but treats him as an equal and a friend. He is affectionate with people he knows. Always treat a Maremma fairly and he will turn into an indispensable guardian angel for your stock, your farm and your family. He has an history in Italy that can be traced back over 2000 years. He was already described by the roman Varrone (116 B.C.) in Rerum Pastoralis.

Breed Infobits

For as long as man has kept sheep and needed a guardian to defend them, the Italian Maremma has been in existence.
The eyes of the Maremma are rather small and perfectly almond-shaped; the ears are also small, triangular, and only slightly rounded at the tip.

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