This might be some new breed that you would like to consider adopting for the family pet. My summary can give you a little about the traits of the Maremma Sheepdog canine.
A working Maremma in the Gran Sasso of Abruzzo, Italy. Photos courtesy Wikipedia.com
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Personally, I had never heard of this breed, so needed to get help from several sources to tell you the traits of Maremma Sheepdog breed. Since it is a dog breed originating in central, Italy, other names are in that language. I discovered they are listed as Abruzzenhund, Abruzzese, Cane DA Pastore, Maremmano-Abruzzese and Pastore Abruzzese.
The category for this large stature dog is a working canine with a label of livestock guardian dog. Actively they are used to herd sheep in the rural communities of Italy, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada. Australia used a Maremma to protect penguins since there was a dwindling population there. As you can see by the picture, they have an extremely long leg so the adult height of the Maremma Sheepdog will stand a mighty 23 to nearly 30 inches tall. Weight. with the muscular build they possess, will range from 65 to 110 pounds, perhaps some weighing more according to some breeders.
Characteristics of this canine breed will easily divide them from other dogs traits. In spite of the large size, they become excellent companions and good family pets as long as they have room to roam and exercise. Their gentleness and intelligence is added to a calmness with the pet owners and family members, however might show aggressiveness to strangers with the inbred protective trait they own. High intelligence could place a Maremma as young as 3 to 4 weeks with a young lamb for protection to the kid.
Colors of the Maremma Sheepdog can be white with tints of yellow , cream and yellow/tan spots and solid white too. The large head and solid black nose are remarkable traits of the Maremma Sheepdog.
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