The Shepherd of Maremma and Abruzzo: character, education, health, prices | Dog Breed


Under his charming air and his appearance of a white teddy bear, the Shepherd of Maremma is a formidable guardian who does not fear the worst predators including wolves. In the dog world, we tend to think of him as an iron fist in a velvet glove.

Characteristics of the Shepherd of Maremma and Abruzzo

The Maremma and Abruzzo Shepherd Dog is a massive dog, properly proportioned and well built. He commands respect by his presence and his size. Its silhouette also reveals a certain nobility and elegance. The animal measures on average between 60 and 73 cm for a weight of 30 to 45 kg depending on the sex and size. In addition to his mastiff build, he is recognizable by his conical head that resembles that of a polar bear. The skull is convex while the stop is not excessively marked. The dog has medium-sized eyes revealing an ocher or brown color and expressing both liveliness, gentleness and attention. The ears for their part are triangular, drooping and end with non-rounded ends. As for the coat, it is long and measures up to 8 cm. The hairs are even denser on the collar and on the contrary, are less provided on the ears, the skull and the muzzle. The standard only tolerates the white coat with possibly pale orange, ivory or lemon shades.

History of the Maremma and Abruzzo Shepherd breed

The Maremma and Abruzzo Shepherd is originally from Italy and is said to be a descendant of a breed imported from Asia by the Magyars. He is also recognized as having family ties with the Hungarian shepherd or Kuvasz. The current breed comes more specifically from sheepdogs from the Tuscan Maremma and Lazio and from Abruzzo sheepdogs specializing in herding. These two primitive breeds naturally mingled due to transhumance, which gave birth to the Shepherd of Maremma and Abruzzo, a strong and robust animal capable of facing wolves. The latter is very popular with shepherds for its white dress which allows them to distinguish it from flocks and predators.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Shepherd of Maremma and Abruzzo

Specialized in the protection of flocks, the Shepherd of Maremma and Abruzzo has kept a daring character and a spirit of initiative that he inherits from his ancestors. Because of his strong temper and pride, he tends to demand submission. This is why he needs an early education combining firmness, consistency, subtlety and docility. Affectionate, intelligent and loyal, he is a quiet strength who finds it hard to endure the boredom and loneliness of being an animal used to work. The sedentary life in an apartment is prohibited for this breed which must have large spaces to flourish.

Diet and main health problems of the Shepherd of Maremma and Abruzzo

Robust and rustic at the same time, the Shepherd of Maremma and Abruzzo is one of those rare breeds of dogs spared from diseases. He just needs to get as much exercise and eat as possible to be in good shape. Nevertheless, being a large dog, it is advisable to watch out for hip dysplasia or stomach twists.

Price of a dog or puppy of the Maremma and Abruzzo Shepherd breed

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