Is the Maremma a good dog to have as a pet?

Is the Maremma a good dog to have as a pet?

As a pet, the Maremma is not very attached or overly outgoing. Nevertheless, this rugged wolf-slayer breed has adapted into a marvelous companion, without losing its extraordinary working abilities. It will defend both house and master, and it is particularly attentive with children.

How old is Piazza Navona the Maremma Sheepdog?

Piazza Navona (Pia), age 15 in the front and Saracina, age 7 in the back, both Pastore Maremano Abruzzese from Italy. Play Dog Trivia! The Maremma Sheepdog is a massive, noble, distinctive-looking dog with a bear-like head.

How tall does a Maremma Sheepdog dog get?

The Maremma is a marvelous sheepdog and loves its work. It is a terrible enemy of the wolf, but tame with man. Held in high esteem by shepherds, especially in the mountains where it thrives in the snow it is resistant to both cold and brambles. This is not a breed for beginners. Height, Weight Height: 23.5 – 28.5 inches (60 – 73 cm)

How often should I take my Maremma Sheepdog for a walk?

If it is not working as an active flock guardian, it needs to be taken on daily, brisk walks. A short walk around the block three times a day is not enough for this dog. Long and alternating walks are necessary. It must have frequent opportunities to run free. When it gets enough exercise, freedom and space, it will be quiet in the house.

When to consider a Maremma as a pet?

Maremmas are working dogs first, “pets” second. This breed stocks to his roots–they are purposeful working dogs for guarding livestock and property (and you). Unexperienced or first time dog owner should only consider this dog when he is a puppy, any later should only be considered by an experienced large dog owner.

What’s the life expectancy of a Maremma Sheepdog?

While they aren’t the most affectionate dog, they are not as aggressive as some livestock guardian dogs are and are known for being a much gentler breed. The Maremma Sheepdog has a life expectancy between 10 to 13 years.

Is the Maremma dog susceptible to hip dyplasia?

The Maremma is a hardy breed but can be susceptible to some ailments common to large breeds. They can suffer from hip dyplasia, achondroplasia and slipped patellas. Veterinary surgeons must be careful when anaesthetising this breed as it is sensitive to anaesthetics. This breed is not recommended for apartment or city living.

What to do if your Maremma Sheepdog is overweight?

If you’re worried your Maremma Sheepdog is overweight, try this test: run a hand along the dog’s side, and if you can’t feel any ribs, it’s diet time–which means less food and more exercise! The Maremma Sheepdog is pretty much an outdoor breed.