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Maremma Sheepdog


Illustration of 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.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

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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