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Maremma Sheepdog

Description

Illustration of Maremma Sheepdog

MAREMMA SHEEPDOG

The white sheepdog of Northern Italy were mentioned by the Roman writer Varo in 100BC and it is thought that the Maremma is the result of a cross between two of these early type, the herder of Abruzzes and the herder of the Maremma plains. The seasonal movement of flocks between grazing grounds is thought to have resulted in the Maremma as we know it today. The breed is the result of the crossing of localised breeds, similar to the origins of the Lancashire Heeler.

The Maremma can still be seen fulfilling its original purpose in Northern Italy.

The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.


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