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Maremma Sheepdog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Maremma Sheepdog so you can get to know the breed more.

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
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OriginItaly
Other Names
What other names does the Maremma Sheepdog have? The dog breed also known as...
Cane da Pastore, Maremmano-Abruzzese, Pastore Abruzzese, Pastore Maremmano, Abruzzo Sheepdog, Abruzzese Sheepdog, Maremma, Maremmano
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Maremma Sheepdog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Maremma Sheepdog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Maremma Sheepdog breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerica's Pet RegistryContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Maremma Sheepdog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Maremma Sheepdog price:
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Maremma Sheepdog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Maremma Sheepdog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Maremma Sheepdog gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Maremma Sheepdog size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Maremma Sheepdog weigh? Maremma Sheepdog weight:
Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Maremma Sheepdog? Maremma Sheepdog average weight:
Male: 85 pounds (38.5 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Maremma Sheepdog? Maremma Sheepdog height:
24-29 inches (60-73 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Maremma Sheepdog average height:
26.5 inches (66.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Maremma Sheepdog have? What does this canine coat look like?
RoughThickDouble
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Maremma Sheepdog's coat?
WhiteYellow
Grooming
How to groom the Maremma Sheepdog and how often?
Average: The Maremma Sheepdog requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Maremma Sheepdog, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Maremma Sheepdog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Cane da Pastore? Maremma Sheepdog shedding level:
Maremma Sheepdogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Maremma Sheepdog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AlertDignifiedIntelligentDeterminedFriendlyLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Maremma Sheepdog? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Maremma Sheepdog obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Maremma Sheepdog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Maremma Sheepdogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Maremma Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Maremma Sheepdog sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Maremma Sheepdogs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Maremma Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Cane da Pastore need? Maremma Sheepdog social needs:
Maremma Sheepdogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Maremma Sheepdog dogs bark a lot? Why does my Maremmano-Abruzzese bark?
Low to Average: The Maremma Sheepdog rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Maremma Sheepdog good as a watchdog?
Maremma Sheepdogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Maremma Sheepdogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Maremma Sheepdog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Maremma Sheepdogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Maremma Sheepdog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cane da Pastore? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Maremma Sheepdog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Maremma Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Maremma Sheepdog do?
Maremma Sheepdogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Maremma Sheepdogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Maremma Sheepdog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Maremma Sheepdog roam?
Maremma Sheepdogs are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance for escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Maremma Sheepdog have high prey drive?
Maremma Sheepdogs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Apartment Friendly
Is Maremma Sheepdog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Maremma Sheepdogs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Maremma Sheepdogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Maremma Sheepdogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Maremma Sheepdog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Maremma Sheepdogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Maremma Sheepdog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Maremma Sheepdog and children:
Maremma Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Maremma Sheepdog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Maremma Sheepdogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Maremma Sheepdog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Maremma Sheepdog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Maremma Sheepdogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Maremma Sheepdogs good office dogs? Do Maremma Sheepdogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Maremma Sheepdogs be office dogs?
No
Maremma Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Maremma Sheepdog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Cane da Pastore temperament with senior people? Are Maremma Sheepdog dogs good for elderly owners?
Maremma Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Maremma Sheepdog dogs get along with other pets? Are Maremma Sheepdog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Maremma Sheepdogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Maremma Sheepdog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Maremma Sheepdogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Maremma Sheepdog be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Maremma Sheepdog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Maremma Sheepdog be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Maremma Sheepdog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Maremma Sheepdog be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Maremma Sheepdog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Maremma Sheepdog be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Maremma Sheepdog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Maremma Sheepdog be a boat dog?
Not really
Maremma Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Maremma Sheepdog be a drafting dog?
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Maremma Sheepdog breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Maremma Sheepdog dogs have health problems?
The Maremma Sheepdog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Maremma Sheepdog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Maremma Sheepdog breed? Health risks of Maremma Sheepdog:
BloatDrug SensitivityHip DysplasiaObesityVaccination Sensitivity
Life Expectancy
How long do Maremma Sheepdog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Maremma Sheepdog be?
11-13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Maremma Sheepdog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Maremma Sheepdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Maremma Sheepdog have?
Maremma Sheepdogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Maremma Sheepdog dogs require per day?
Maremma Sheepdogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Maremma Sheepdogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Maremma Sheepdog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Maremma Sheepdog risk for obesity:
High: The Maremma Sheepdog breed has a strong tendency to overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Maremma Sheepdog more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Maremma Sheepdog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Maremma Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Maremma Sheepdog drool?
The Maremma Sheepdog is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Maremma Sheepdog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Maremma Sheepdog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Maremma Sheepdog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-9 puppies

Pros & Cons of Maremma Sheepdog

Pros
  • Watchdog Ability: Maremma Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Maremma Sheepdogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Maremma Sheepdogs are not the biggest explorers.
  • Child Friendly: Maremma Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Maremma Sheepdogs are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Maremma Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Maremma Sheepdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential: High: The Maremma Sheepdog breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Maremma Sheepdogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Maremma Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Maremma Sheepdogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • Rainy

    Jul 6, 2021, 7:29:14 PM:

    Amazing breed. Some of the information on this site is inaccurate. They are highly intelligent, independent thinkers. Bred to be able to make their own decisions about what to do, which makes them less than obedient. They require mental stimulation.

  • John

    Mar 10, 2021, 1:37:09 AM:

    The best breed but some of the information is a bit inaccurate! They're highly intelligent in an independent way, so if you're looking for blind obedience look at another breed.

  • Peter

    Apr 27, 2020, 10:02:43 PM:

    Awesome LIVESTOCK PROTECTION DOG. Highly intelligent but have their own mind so are NOT obedient in the traditional sense. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should they EVER be placed anywhere but on acreage.

  • Samantha

    Nov 28, 2019, 5:01:52 AM:

    We love our Maremmas. Amazing livestock guardians and a part of our family. They are an amazing breed