The Maremma Sheepdog has all of the attributes essential for an effective guard: strength, independence, stamina, courage and a strong sense of “ownership.” This Italian flock guard bears a strong resemblance to the Kuvasz, and the two breeds probably share the same ancient origin. The Maremma, highly regarded as a guardian of both flock and home, takes its job seriously. This is a powerful dog weighing 65 to 100 pounds and standing 23.5 to 29 inches high. Because of the Maremma’s strong guarding instinct, it is extremely important that owner and dog develop a healthy mutual respect early in the relationship. The white coat is profuse and long, never curly, and should be brushed two or three times a week. It is an independent dog that enjoys plenty of exercise and is best suited to a country home.
Guardian Dogs: Right Dog For You?
Not for the novice dog owner, learn all about these large dog breeds bred to guard people or livestock to see if they are the right companion pet for you and your family. Sometimes known as working dogs, guardian dogs were bred to guard homes, people and valuables, as well…
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Rare Dog Breeds
This eclectic group of ancient dog breeds is anything but ordinary. To describe the dog breeds in this group as “rare” is entirely relative. Many of them are hugely popular in their native countries. The powerful Fila Brasileiro is used throughout Brazil as a police dog and a hunter of…
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