We get alot of questions about our livestock guardian dog, Nico (Italian for 'Victor of the People'). Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about this special breed.
- The Maremma originated from the Italian Alps.
- They are bred as a livestock guardian dogs and have been known to guard sheep, alpacas, goats, chickens, cows and even penguins!
- Maremmas were introduced to the United States in the 1970s.
- Maremma are large white or cream colored dogs, usually weighing between 80 and 110 pounds and standing 25 to 30 inches tall.
- Maremmas usually become mature and fully developed guardians at about age two.
- The life expectancy for a Maremma is from 11-13 years.
- Daily brushing is not recommended for these dogs. The Maremma has natural oils in the skin to shed dirt and dust and makes their coat weather resistant (for example a Maremma may be dirty from rolling in the mud, but can be white as snow again in less than two hours- naturally!)
- Maremmas are even-tempered, loyal, dependable, brave, outgoing and are independent thinkers.
- Maremmas are not recommended for use as a pet (specifically as an indoor companion) as they are working dogs and are happiest when working.