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Livestock Guardian Dogs

The Maremma Sheepdog, in Italian Cane da Pastore Maremmano-Abruzzese, usually referred to as just Maremmano, is a breed of livestock guardian dog indigenous to central Italy, particularly to Abruzzo and the Maremma region of Tuscany and Lazio. It has been used for centuries by Italian shepherds to guard sheep against wolves. The literal English translation of the name is “The dog of the shepherds of the Maremma and Abruzzese region”. The English name of the breed derives from that of the Maremma marshlands, where until recently shepherds, dogs and hundreds of thousands of sheep over-wintered, and where the breed is today abundant although sheep-farming has decreased substantially. The breed is widely employed in Abruzzo, where sheep herding remains vital to the rural economy and the wolf remains an active and protected predator.

   For more information on this dog breed, visit the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America.

Maremma LGD

Zoe joined us from Bella Vita Ranch in Castle Rock, CO.

Zeke, our male,  joined us from Coonridge Organic Goat Cheese Dairy in Pie Town, New Mexico!

Our LGDs are both neutered.  We do not breed them.  The Maremma Sheepdog Club of America has a listing of breeders.

Parasite Prevention – We use Interceptor Plus and Credelio.  Interceptor Plus protects our dogs from Heartworms, Hookworms, Roundworms, Whipworms, and Tapeworms.  Credelio protects our dogs from Fleas and Ticks.

Vaccinations – Our dogs are vaccinated for Rabies, Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvo, and most importantly, LEPTO!  It is important to vaccinate your dogs yearly with a 4-strain Leptospirosis vaccine!  Here is a video that explains the dangers of LEPTO!

Diet – We feed our LGDs Victor Performance Dry Dog Food.  They do well on this diet, and it is made in Texas!


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