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Maremma Sheepdog

Sturdy and muscular, the Maremma is a large and heavy dog, with a coarse protective white coat, and dense warm undercoat. The broad head and small high set ears give the Maremma a kindly yet dignified expression.

11 – 13 years
30 – 45kg
60 – 73cm
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Need to be aware of potential health issues
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Giant dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Quiet dog
  • Barks, alerts and may be physically protective/suspicious of visitors
  • Might not like other dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Best suited to countryside
  • Can be left alone with training
This breed may encounter health problems

The Maremma Sheepdog breed can be prone to:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia 
- Gastric dilatation volvulus
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Hip dysplasia screening scheme


Given their history as a flock guardian breed, it should be no surprise that the Maremma is independent, intelligent and likely to be suspicious towards strangers.  

Completely devoted and loyal to their family, but constantly alert to suspicious activity, the Maremma demands a very dedicated owner. They can be trained to a high standard, and should be, as a bored Maremma will be extremely difficult to live with.  

Early socialisation with other people and animals is vital as is ongoing management of such a protective giant. 

Did You Know?

  • Three Maremmas, Oddball, Tula and Eudy found their ideal and unique job of protecting the world’s smallest penguin - Eudyptula minor, standing just 33cm high and weighing only 1kg, often called the Fairy Penguin - from predators. The dogs lived with the colony on Middle Island just off the Australian coast during breeding season, and prevented foxes from eating eggs and killing the tiny penguins.
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