The Maremanno Abruzzese
I am your alarm, I am your sight in the darkness, I am your ears out of reach, I will protect and defend...
I promise to forever, for you, fight; to you, I dedicate my life...
I am Maremma.
The Maremmano Abruzzese, or The Maremma Sheepdog, was first imported into the US from Italy in the early 1970's for the purpose of livestock guarding - in particular sheep and goats. The Maremma is an old breed, having been described some two thousand years ago in ancient Roman Literature. Their origins are thought to have descended from the Tibetan Mastiff.
Initially regarded as two separate breeds, The Pastore Abruzzese, or Shepherd Dog of the Abruzzi, was longer-bodied and longer-haired than the rougher-coated Pastore Maremmano, or Shepherd Dog of the Maremma. In 1958 the two breeds were unified by the Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiano - the national dog association in Italy.
Maremma's continue to be widely used by Italian sheep farmers, and extensively employed as livestock guardian dogs in Australia, the United States, and Canada. Described as being majestic, reliable, lively, sturdy, distinguished, intelligent, courageous, and friendly, I would add down-right charming in both physique and personality.
Adult males are a bit larger, averaging 27 inches tall and weighing 75 to 100 pounds, while females average 26 inches tall and weigh between 65 and 90 pounds.
They are independent thinkers, yet receptive. Alerted to something, they process the information, then react. Sometimes, this reaction is a quick, attentive turn-about, then back to business as normal; and others it is simple direction, speed, and determination...this is the Maremma.
Il Pastore Transumante
Ennio, Evelina, and Celia came to us directly from Italy. They have been in our care since the average age of five months old from Il Pastore Transumante. Dario possesses a love for these dogs that is addictive. From the day they joined us, our Maremmas have been a life-changing addition to our farm, as well as, our family. I cannot imagine life without them.
"The project Il Pastore Transumante was born with a distinct intention of its creator, the animal wellbeing manager Dario Capogrosso that is to spread and appraise worldwide Maremmano Abruzzese, the dog that he first got to know and to love as a young boy in Apulia, in the South of Italy, at the farm of his grandfather. The reliability, the professionalism, the long experience in both animal husbandry and dog breeding have made it possible for Dott. Capogrosso to create an entity that is greatly appreciated on the national as well as on the international level." http://www.pastoretransumante.com/eng/
I encourage you to learn more about this incredible breed. Let us share our passion with you.
Our guarding champion! Unequaled in his work ethic, he vigilantly protects our horses and goats. In the darkness of night, if you find Ennio, you’ll find our goats.
He comes from several Champions on his father’s side. But the most amazing fact: His mother originates straight from the shepherds in Italy. He is the beginning of a new Italian Dynasty!
The princess! Obedient, loving, gentle, and an unbelievable mother, it's no wonder she hails from a long line of Italian Show Champions and one International Champion.
She utilizes that gentle devotion as she protects our free-range chickens and miniature sheep.
Our guard in training! Born in June of 2017, he is the offspring of Ennio and Evelina. He has proven by his work ethic that he is a product of their best qualities.
He happily guards all of our livestock, willing and able to join his mother or father in their duties. However, he spends most of his time under his diligent father's guidance.
Our next pack member! Celia joined us, at the age of four months, in February of 2018. She is currently in training, assisting Evelina in her duties.
We are happy to have her join our family and can't wait to share in her adventures.
Ennio and Evelina will welcome another litter in Spring of 2019. There are already four puppies that have new homes. If you are interested in learning more about the Maremma and how they can benefit your farm, we would love to hear from you.