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Maremma Sheepdog – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 66 to 100 pounds
Height: 23.5 to 28.5 inches
Longevity: 13
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

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Maremma Sheepdogs were bred to be the guardians of livestock in its native country of Italy.

Official Name

Maremma Sheepdog
The Maremma Sheepdog is also called as the Cane da Pastore, the Maremma and the Pastore.


Date – No Precise Date Recorded
Country – Italy
Family / Group – Guardian, Flock Guard

Recognized By:
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club


The Maremma Sheepdog is recognized as one of the ancient dog breeds still bred and existing today. They were developed as a breed in Italy but their origins can be traced to the dogs brought by travellers from the Middle East. These Italian bred dogs were created to protect farms, specifically livestock from all sorts of predators. Today, they are continuously kept as livestock guardians in their native country as well as some parts of the Northern and Southern American continent.


Maremma Sheepdogs are loved for being very dependable guardians as they display impressive courage and independence when on the job. They are known to display passion when it comes to protecting their flock. These are dogs that are known to bond with the livestock they guard. When around their masters and family, these sheepdogs will be gentle and shows great affection. Their natural instinct of being guard dogs makes them very wary and suspicious when around strangers.

Bred For

Maremma Sheepdogs were bred to be perfect guardians of livestock.


The Maremma Sheepdog is a large dog and bred naturally to guard livestock. They should not be kept as apartment pets. They are rarely kept as family pets, if this is the case, these large dogs require a very large yard to move around. This dog breed is an outdoor type of dog that is equipped with an all-weather resistant coat.


The Maremma Sheepdogs have an all-weather coat that requires moderate amount of grooming attention. They are dogs that shed heavily and seasonally.


These Italian bred sheep dogs are very obedient and submissive to their owners. They are highly trainable dogs.


Health issues that dog owners should watch on this particular breed are the common medical conditions plaguing large dogs. The Maremma Sheepdogs can suffer from being bloated or obese and should have a supervised diet. They are also commonly afflicted with hip dysplasia. These are dogs that are among those who are sensitive to anaesthetics.


This breed needs space—mental as well as physical. 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.