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Maremma Sheepdog (White, Standing)
White, Standing

Breed Information


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Name Maremma Sheepdog
Other names Cane da Pastore, Maremmano-abruzzese, Pastore Abruzzese, Pastore Maremmano, Abruzzo Sheepdog, Abruzzese Sheepdog, Maremma, Maremmano
Origin Italy
Breed Group

Working (AKC)

Guardian Dog (UKC)

Size Large to Giant
Type Purebred
Life span 11-13 years







Height 24-29 inches (60-73 cm)
Weight 66-100 pounds (30-45 kg)



Litter Size 5-9 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1500 - $2500 USD


Breed Characteristics


3 stars

Apartment Friendly

3 stars

The Maremma Sheepdog is not recommended for apartment life. If it gets enough exercise, it will be calm indoors. Accustomed for centuries to wide-open spaces, it needs at least a large yard. The all-weather coat allows it to sleep outdoors. The Maremma is not well-suited for very hot weather. It should never be shorn, but should always have plenty of shade and a large bowl of water on hot days.

Barking Tendencies

2 stars


Cat Friendly

4 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars

This breed needs space—mental as well as physical. If it is not working as an active flock guardian, it needs to be taken on daily, brisk walks. A short walk around the block three times a day is not enough for this dog. Long and alternating walks are necessary. It must have frequent opportunities to run free. When it gets enough exercise, freedom and space, it will be quiet in the house.


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: Regular grooming is required to keep its fur in good shape.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


2 stars

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3 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


3 stars

The Maremma Sheepdog will not blindly follow every command. Training must be firm and consistent, and both dog and handler must show respect for each other.

Watchdog Ability

4 stars

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Maremma Sheepdog Puppy (White, Standing)
White, Standing

Maremma Sheepdog Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Max Bella
02 Toby Lola
03 Charlie Sadie
04 Bear Molly
05 Buddy Lulu
06 Zeus Zoey
07 Jake Coco
08 Dexter Ruby
09 Jack Ellie
10 Oliver Gracie
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Maremma Sheepdog is a big breed, strongly built dog of majestic and rather rustic appearance. He is heavily built, and slightly longer than tall in proportion. A dense under-layer that is long-haired and wiry. A white color with markings of light orange, yellow, or ivory are permitted.

The principle function of this breed is as a flock and property guard. He is perceptive and assertive and devoted to his master. This breed is forgiving with children and gets along well with other dogs and pets. It can be slightly reserved with strangers.


The Maremma Sheepdog is derived from the ancient shepherd dogs used in the Maremma and Abruzzes regions of Italy. At one time the dogs from these two regions were considered two different breeds, but since about 1860 they have been crossed to the point that they are now recognized as one breed.

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