Maremma Sheepdog

This page needs updated, but no time at present. It’s about our previous Maremma Sheepdog, but she died of old age.

We have a new one, and hopefully I’ll get some info up here soon. In the meantime, you can read about the Maremma breed below….

Neffie, Our Maremma Sheepdog

Maremma Sheepdog

Our Maremma Sheepdog is an excellent livestock guardian dog.  She watches over all the sheep and goats.

The Maremma sheepdog belongs to an ancient stock of sheep dogs from central Italy, being described as “the dog who protects sheep from wolves.”

The white coat enables the shepherd to distinguish the dog from the wolves who attack at twilight, and thus avoid killing a friend instead of an enemy.

These animals are selected to work even in situations where man is not present. They are watchful, intuitive and have a strong sense of territory.

They are not submissive and maintain independence.  With strangers they are often unsociable and reserved.

The male is the larger and more majestic, assertive, courageous and aggressive. The female is more long-limbed and elegant, more shy and mistrusting. In either case, their general appearance is quite impressive: harmonious, though large; their head resembles that of the white bear.

A Maremma accepts the leadership of humans, but not their mastery. The have just the right qualities for livestock guarding, but this very fact means the Maremma is not recommended for use as a pet.

For more information, check out the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America .

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