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Maremma Sheepdog

Group: Working Dogs (Group 5)
Club: Working Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 5)
Contact: Julie Burnett
Phone: 9557 3905
Email: jas82592@bigpond.net.au
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Brief History
An Italian breed which dates back nearly 2,000 years, its main function was to guard the flocks against wild dogs. The Maremma was left to use its own initiative in guarding the stock, and that independence is still strong in the breed today. The breed are still used widely across the world to protect various groups of animals, including some wildlife groups in their natural setting, and even chickens on commercial, free range ventures.

Average Life Span
When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.
The average life span is 10 to 12 years.

Temperament
They are friendly and loyal to their own family but can be wary of strangers. The Maremma can be vocal with anything unusual entering or near their environment.

General Breed Description
The Maremma is a large dog, strongly built and of rustic appearance, and at the same time quite majestic. He needs to have a purpose in life, or he can become bored and destructive. They love water and will roll in water. As with any large breed, socialisation and obedience training is a must. The colour is solid white, shades of ivory, pale orange or lemon are tolerated.

Coat and Care Requirements
The Maremma has a white, double coat, of some length. It is both weather resistant and water repellent.  The coat is shed twice a year and needs thorough grooming at this time.

Size
Height: Males 65 to 73cms (25.5 to 28.75ins), Females 60 to 68cms (23.5 to 26.75ins).
Weight: Males 35 to 45kgs, Females: 30 to 40kgs.

Health
All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Maremma is generally a healthy breedhowever health conditions do occur occasionally.

Suitability
This breed is for owners who want something different. They are often acquired to protect flocks of livestock or poultry against unwanted pests such as foxes and other feral animals. They will commit themselves to this task with great tenacity, diligence and bravery. Thus, the Maremma is very independent, but devoted to his family. Daily walks would be highly recommended.

In Conclusion
Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

Link to ANKC Breed Standard: http://ankc.org.au/Breed/Detail/161

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