The great white from Italy
Original Name : Cane de Pastore Maremmano-Abruzzese
Type : Lupoid
Male size : 26-28¾ inches
Male weight : 77-99 lbs
Female size : 23½ -26¾ inches
Female weight : 66-88 lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Italy
Maremma and the Abbruzes Sheepdogs are big and powerfully built, of hardy appearance yet majestic and distinctive. On the whole, they are heavy dogs with elongated bodies; a harmonious breed in terms of both proportions and profile.
In the main, big and flat, in the shape of a cone like a polar bear’s.
Solidly built and just under one fifth longer than the height of the withers.
Solid white. Shades of ivory, pale orange and lemon are tolerated, but only to a limited degree.
Set very high over the zygomatic arches, drooping yet very mobile.
Set on very low on the sloping croup, in normal stand it extends below the hock. At rest, it is carried level with the line of the back. There is a very pronounced curve of the tip when the dog is active.
Very luxuriant, long hair, rather harsh to the touch, reminiscent of rough horsehair. Flat against the body.
This ancient breed of herding dogs is descended from sheepdogs that are still used in the Abruzzes, where sheep breeding continues to this day, and herders once found in the Maremma of Tuscany and Lazio. The seasonal moving of livestock from one grazing ground to another led to the development of a cross between these two primitive breeds, especially after 1860.Brave guardDogs of this breed display great courage, purpose and judgment in their main job of guarding and defending livestock and property in general. While proud and anything but submissive, Maremma and the Abbruzes Sheepdogs grow devoted to their human companions.