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The Maremma Sheepdog is a big, strongly built dog of majestic and rather rustic appearance. He is heavily built, and slightly longer than tall in proportion. A dense under-layer that is long-haired and wiry. A white color with markings of light orange, yellow, or ivory are permitted.
The principle function of this breed is as a flock and property guard. He is perceptive and assertive and devoted to his master. This breed is forgiving with children and gets along well with other dogs and pets. It can be slightly reserved with strangers.
|Size||Large to Giant|
|Height||24-29 inches (60-73 cm)|
|Weight||66-100 pounds (30-45 kg)|
|Good In Apartments||
The Maremma Sheepdog is not recommended for apartment life. If it gets enough exercise, it will be calm indoors. Accustomed for centuries to wide-open spaces, it needs at least a large yard. The all-weather coat allows it to sleep outdoors. The Maremma is not well-suited for very hot weather. It should never be shorn, but should always have plenty of shade and a large bowl of water on hot days.
|Good With Children||
Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
|Good With Dogs||
|Good With Cats||
This breed needs space—mental as well as physical. If it is not working as an active flock guardian, it needs to be taken on daily, brisk walks. A short walk around the block three times a day is not enough for this dog. Long and alternating walks are necessary. It must have frequent opportunities to run free. When it gets enough exercise, freedom and space, it will be quiet in the house.
The Maremma Sheepdog will not blindly follow every command. Training must be firm and consistent, and both dog and handler must show respect for each other.
Moderate Maintenance: Regular grooming is required to keep its fur in good shape.
Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.