Maremma Sheepdog

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
Overview
Originating in Italy, the Maremma Sheepdog is a rare working breed. Their solitary function both in the past and today is that of a guardian of flock and property.

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Character
The Maremma Sheepdog possesses a majestic appearance, is sturdy, and carries itself with dignity. This breed is large, well-built, and has an aloof expression.

Does your Maremma Sheepdog bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
The Maremma Sheepdog breed is a true working breed and is not intended to solely be a pet. This breed is intelligent, independent, and alert. Maremma Sheepdog's are exceedingly adept as guardians of farm, flock, and family. They do well with other dogs and pets, and are extremely attentive to children. They are ever-watchful and bark constantly. Maremma Sheepdog's are loyal, affectionate, and dedicated.
Care
The Maremma Sheepdog breed must have regular brushing to remove loose and dead hair. Extra attention should be given during heavy shedding periods. The ears and paw pads should be checked often for debris. Due to their rarity and selective breeding, the Maremma Sheepdog has no known health issues. They are not suited for warm climates.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
This is a double coat breed. The outer coat is long, thick, harsh, and slightly wavy. The under coat is soft and dense. The coat is protective in any type of weather. This Maremma Sheepdog breed sheds heavily twice a year.
Training
Early socialization and basic obedience are recommended. Maremma Sheepdog's regards their master as an equal and a friend. They will not respond to harshness. Training must be done with respect and consistency. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Maremma Sheepdog puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
The Maremma Sheepdog breed is not recommended for apartment or city living. This breed requires a rural setting and an inordinate amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation. They do best with room to roam and must have a job to do. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
Male: 77-99; Female: 66-88 lbs
Height
Male: 25.5-28.5; Female: 25-27 inches
Color(s)
White: There may be shading of lemon, pale orange, or ivory.

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Maremma Sheepdog Questions

I'm getting a Maremma Sheepdog and Great Pyrenees mix puppy, no live stock although we plan on chickens. We have 3 acres, two other dogs and four kids. I really want this to work out ok, will she be a good fit? Anything I should look for when picking her up?

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The main thing you need to know beforehand is what you want this dog to do and how you want this dog to be a part of the family. The Maremma Sheepdog and the Great Pyrenees are not 'family dogs', meaning that they were bred to work away from humans and be protective of live-stock and property. Although they can be trained and socialized to be a loving companion, the breed has natural instincts to bond with other animals, not humans. Please note that the more time you spend with the puppy, the better he/she will bond to you. But if you allow the dog to spend more time with your other dogs or on the property roaming, then he/she will be more distant. Now distant does not mean aggressive or wary, it just means that the dog will find a job to do on its own if you do not give him/her one.

We recently had to help our 12-year-old Newfoundland over the Rainbow Bridge and want another dog. I saw this breed and think it would be a good fit to our family. We are a retired couple that walks our dogs daily. We also always have our dogs AKC Good Citizen trained. Once or twice a week we would take our Newf to doggy day care (which she loved). Fenced yard, dog door, 2 older cats. Do you think this would be a good fit? Our dogs travel with us whenever possible and we have 40 acres of wooded land where we spend most of the summer.

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First off, I am sorry for your loss. In summer, the dog should do just fine at your home, but you must understand the difference between the two breeds. You had a Newfoundland for 12 years and the Newfie breed is very special, they are loyal and loving and very companion oriented. While, the Maremma Sheepdog is not a companion oriented breed of dog. They were bred to work away from humans, to think on their own and to live among livestock. So the Maremma Sheepdog tends to be more aloof with people and they tend to wander as well. I would suggest going to a couple of dog shows or contact a breeder and get some face-to-face time with the breed to make sure it is the one for you.

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I agree with that comment. Maremmas are flock guardians and they love their job. I would not keep these dogs in a house environment. I think they would be bored.

My male Maremma Sheepdog is 4 years old, neutered, and is very heavy in his hind quarters and started having trouble pulling himself up. His sister is the same age, but a lot thinner - they both get feed the same - only a small piece of dog roll a day - and a bone with no meat. They run around all day on our 10-acre property - how can I help him lose weight? If I feed him any less he would probably start eating the chicken food.

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A grain-free, high quality puppy food is the best thing to feed your dog. Some brands to look at are Acana, Origjn, Taste of the Wild, Life Mates, Now and Go! A good diet will help your dog loose weight. Also, make sure your dog actually does exercise. A dog will not exercise itself. You must make sure your dog does exercise with you.

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Green beans added to half their normal amount of food. We give our golden retriever a can twice a day. Dollar general has sales 3 for A dollar. Walmart has them 2 for a dollar.

What food is best for the Maremma Sheepdog and how often do you feed them?

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A grain-free, high quality puppy food is the best thing to feed your dog. Some brands to look at are Acana, Origjn, Taste of the Wild, Life Mates, Now and Go! Feeding your dog twice a day is good.

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A protein level of 22 - 26%, with a minimum fat content of 10%. I disagree on the puppy food and on the companies listed above. The protein level is too high in these dog foods. A higher protein level creates a higher drive and a higher risk of development problems. The dog needs a quality dog food, that has meat as the main ingredient. Make sure you feed enough, because a working dog needs more than what the bag states. Body condition is key. Not lean, but not obese either. There should be a good covering of fat over the ribs and hips. More problems happen from UNDERFEEDING - especially with a working dog.

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