Farm Guardians: The Maremma Sheepdog

This independent, attentive dog’s love of work doesn’t make it an affectionate family pet, but it will be a loyal protector of its flocks and home when given the task.

| February 2017

  • The maremma sheepdog weighs less than 100 pounds and is well-suited to work and harsh weather.
    Photo by Pam Langrish
  • This breed is at its happiest when it’s out with its livestock.
    Photo by Pam Langrish
  • “Farm Dogs: A Comprehensive Breed Guide to 93 Guardians, Herders, Terriers, and Other Canine Working Partners” by Janet Vorwald Dohner.
    Cover courtesy Storey Publishing

As long as there have been farm, there have been dogs bred and trained to work alongside the humans who run them. Dogs protect and herd livestock, they guard properties, they kill vermin, and they even pull carts. In Janet Vorwald Dohner’s book, Farm Dogs (Storey Publishing, 2016), there are 93 comprehensive profiles of various working dog breeds with lists of their sizes, histories, natures, and more. Learn the benefits and downfalls of certain breeds, and use this guide to determine which dog will be the best working companion for you.

You can purchase this book from the Capper's Farmer store: Farm Dogs.

Maremma Sheepdog

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Also known as Maremma and Abruzzese Sheepdog (the official FCI name), Pastore Maremmano, and Pastore Abruzzese



Origin: Italy

Size:
Male: 25.5 to 28.5 inches, 77 to 99 pounds
Female: 25.5 to 26.75 inches, 66 to 88 pounds






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