Why We Love Our Italian Maremma Sheepdogs!
These are the best livestock guardian dogs we have found to guard our goats, deer, chickens, and turkeys. They bond with the livestock and they become the dogs property as well as ours. We always feel safe because they are on guard 24/7 and where the herd goes, the dogs go!!!!
Parents are eating top quality dog food - Taste of the Wild and Victor Premium Grain Free dog food. They have current rabies and heartworm/Flea medications.
Only our litters that are registered with the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America will be microchipped. You can discuss microchipping with your vet when you get your puppy.
The mother is not only fed top quality food while she is pregnant but also gets goats milk and a fresh egg twice daily. Once she is whelping she gets the same diet in whatever amounts she needs so that she can nurse healthy puppies.
The puppies also start eating top quality puppy food - Taste of the Wild Puppy formula or Victor Grain Free Puppy food and goats milk and eggs at one month old.
Puppies get their shots at 6, 9, and 12 weeks and rabies at 12 weeks. They are ready to leave here at 8 to 12 weeks of age so they will have had their first shots and second shots if needed.
We do not fly puppies, but we do have some delivery options depending on your location. Delivery charges will apply.
We keep the puppies right out with their parents and the livestock so they have one on one training as soon as they open their eyes at 17 days! They work with a horse, Mini cows, dairy goats, chickens, turkey and our pet deer. They are well socialized with us humans as well! We spend a lot of quality time with them. We do require in most cases that the puppies go in pairs, or that you already have a working LGD.
We prefer homes that have livestock to guard, however, we might consider a pet home depending on the circumstances.
Our Maremma Livestock Guardian Dogs
Maremma Sheepdog is a livestock guarding dog, bred in Italy for centuries to guard large flocks of sheep on the plains and in the mountains. Other Old World breeds with similar temperament are the Great Pyrenees in France, the Komondor and the Kuvasz in Hungary, the Tatra in Poland, the Shar Planinetz in Yugoslovia, the Anatolian and Akbash in Turkey, and the Tibetan Mastiff in Nepal and Tibet. The Maremma originally lived day and night with its flock, and its white coat mimics the coat of the sheep in its flock. It was bred to take responsibility for keeping the flock safe from 4-legged predators, primarily the wolf, and from 2-legged thieves; and kept proficient at its job by frequent life-and-death battles with the wolves.
The Maremma Sheepdog Club of America does NOT recommend the Maremma as a pet. The Maremma Sheepdog actually never considers itself a 'pet'. It is a working dog, with 2000 years of genetic background of livestock guardianship behind it, and it needs a job to keep it occupied. If it is to be in the house with a family, it must be temperament-tested and heavily socialized from the time it is a small puppy. A puppy should be outgoing and friendly with everyone, but its rowdy behavior needs controlling; after all, a 10 month old puppy may weigh 100 pounds! It must also get used to meeting strangers. By the time it is two years old, it will be less outgoing with strangers, and may even decide it doesn't want ANY stranger to touch it, its master, or its property. To limit this future possessiveness, you must get your dog used to being handled by many friendly strangers when it is very young, and KEEP AT IT. But even then, you must personally introduce your dog to all new strangers who enter its territory (your home and property), and you may have to be present each time that they return.
The Maremma Sheepdog lives happily with other dogs and other animals - indeed, this is what it was bred to do, provided only that it is the boss. Two males can be difficult to handle if both insist on being dominant, but socialized Maremmas love cats, and cats respond to them. They also readily accept other dogs, birds and any livestock, especially sheep and goats. They have almost no hunt and chase instincts, though initial encounters with other animals should be carefully supervised. A playful Maremma puppy can seriously hurt a baby lamb or goat without meaning to, and a cow or horse can hurt a Maremma Sheepdog puppy.
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