Non-sporting Breeds

Maremma Sheepdog

Maremma Sheepdog
Pedigree Points
Recognized: ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 25-28 in (65-73cm) Bitch: 23-26 in (60-68cm)
Weight: Dog: 77-99 lb (35-45kg) Bitch: 66-88 lb (30-40kg)
Coat: Long, plentiful, and rather harsh; never curly
Color: All white

The Maremma Sheepdog has two names in its native Italy because for centuries the shepherd dogs spent from June until October in the Abruzzi, where there was good summer grazing, and from October until June in the Maremma. Called both Pastore Abruzzese and Pastore Maremmano, some people thought that they were two different breeds. Then, about 25 years ago, a single breed standard was introduced under the name of Pastore Maremmano Abruzzese. The Maremma is a natural guard that will never forget a kindness or an injury. It should be regularly groorned using a wire brush and, occasionally, a good cleansing powder.
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