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Looking for maremma owners

April 17th, 2004, 11:01 AM
Hi, I've just joined this group and live in rural Newfoundland, Canada, I have 3 female spayed maremmas, Lilee and Bear who are 20 mo. old, Sharmyn who will be a year old next month and a little black mutt, Jolene (also spayed) who is 30 mo. old. I was just wondering if anyone else here has maremmas and would like to know what they think of this magnificent breed.

Lucky Rescue
April 17th, 2004, 11:20 AM
Hi there! Your dogs are definitely a magnificent breed! We'd love to hear more about them and see some pics too!:)

Do your dogs guard livestock or are they pets?

April 17th, 2004, 11:28 AM
Oh yes I'd love to see pics for sure :D

April 18th, 2004, 01:25 PM
I did post a picture of the 3 of them somewhere else on this forum, didn't think I could post it on this thread. Anyway, 2 of my dogs, Lilee and Bear do guard my chickens, horses and turkeys plus the property. Sharmyn is used mainly in the house and as a companion dog for me, she will not fully mature until she is 2, so she is still in her "puppy" stage for at least another year. Bear and Lilee work as a team, it's amazing to watch them doing their thing. I had a lot of trouble with stray dogs and foxes coming into our fields and chasing my live stock so that is why I got my girls. They are an Italian breed and go back over 2000 years, and I'm still learning new stuff about them every day!! They are definately unique and unlike any other breed I've ever come across. I also have pet rats, rabbits, cats and a ferret which are closely watched by my girls! They are so gentle with anything I bring into the house but at the same time will chase anything out of the yard and fields that do not belong here. I was really hoping to find someone else who has this breed so we could compare notes.

April 23rd, 2004, 07:35 AM
If you go on Google search engine and type in "Maremmas owners" you will get 256 hits including your post to this board. Seem to have a lot of owners and FAQs for you. Good Luck :p

September 21st, 2004, 01:19 PM
I have 2 friends that live in the Maremma. Both households breed the Maremmana for their use on their farms. The dogs with the sheep live their whole lives in the pastures with the sheep. They are born with and bond with the sheep. It's a blast watching the pups play with the lambs.

Other dogs are kept closer to the house, in the gardens guarding the houses or with the cows and fowl guarding them. They do not keep them as house pets. I know a few other people in Italy that have them and none of them let the dogs in the house. Strictly guard dogs. They keep other dogs for pets. While I have seen dozens of them, I've never touched one. They are good at their job!

I remember one visit in Sicily, I was in the courtyard of the house where they fed the dogs, there were 2 huge ceramic bowls filled with pasta, rotini I believe.....only in Italy!

September 21st, 2004, 11:25 PM
I've just seen black & white photos of them. The dogs in the photos looked all white. Are they all completely white :) , or are some like the Pyrenese with small patches of colour?

They are very lovely dogs!

September 22nd, 2004, 09:09 AM
I remember one visit in Sicily, I was in the courtyard of the house where they fed the dogs, there were 2 huge ceramic bowls filled with pasta, rotini I believe.....only in Italy!
LOL!! That is clearly an Italian thing! :D My dog wasn't a Maremma, but my mother used to cook pasta for her all the time. No leftovers for my pooch - this was fresh-cooked just for her!! :rolleyes: My dad was telling me that they had similar-looking dogs back in the "old country", but he didn't know the name of the breed (probably weren't pure-bred anyway). They are stunning dogs!

September 22nd, 2004, 10:04 AM
LOL!! That is clearly an Italian thing!

I failed to notice if their water bowls were full of wine.

.....and the dogs are completely white.

September 27th, 2004, 03:09 AM
I own 13 month old spayed Maremma female. Her name is Snowie, she is well socialised and incredibly friendly, loves to be around ppl, and has had all her injections.

Due to my current situation at home, and our location, I am no longer able to keep her :( and am looking for anyone interested in owning Snowie, free of charge. The only catch is you must live on a farm, and have to convince me you will look after her very well.

If anyone is interested, please contact me on:

I have pictures of her if interested.