Maremma Sheepdogs originated in Italy and are rare working dogs. The only reason for being in the past as well as today is to guard property and flocks. That's why, even today, these dogs are happiest when they have a job to perform.


Maremma Sheepdogs shouldn't live in apartments or the city. They need a country setting where they can get the enormous amount of exercise they need as well as plenty of mental stimulation. These dogs are happiest when they have room to run and play along with a job to do.


The coat of the Maremma Sheepdog must be brushed regularly to remove dead and loose hair. You must pay extra attention to their coats during their periods of heavy shedding. Check their paw pads and ears frequently for debris. Because of their selective breeding and rarity, these dogs have no known health concerns, although they're not suited to warmer climates.


Maremma Sheepdogs appear majestic, are sturdy, and carry themselves with dignity. This is a large and well-built breed that sports an expression of aloofness.


Maremma Sheepdogs have double coats. Their top coat is thick, long, slightly wavy and harsh. Their underneath coat is dense and soft as well as weather resistant, no matter what the weather type. These dogs shed heavily twice annually.


The Maremma Sheepdog is an authentic working dog and was never meant to be only a pet. They're independent, alert and intelligent. These dogs are very good at guarding flock, family and farms. They get along with other dogs and household pets and are very protective of children. They're always watchful and on guard and they bark continuously. These are loyal, dedicated, and affectionate dogs.


It is recommended that Maremma Sheepdogs are socialized early in life as well as receive basic obedience. They think of their master as a friend and an equal. Since they won't respond to harsh training methods, they must be trained with consistency and respect.