protectors of the realm
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.
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!
here's what you need to know
A Neighbors' Guide to
Livestock Guardian Dogs
LGDs are different from pets or “farm dogs.”
- They live outside, and they don’t mind bad weather! LGDs often ignore shelters. If you see my LGD outside instead of in its shelter, it’s because it chose to be there!
- They are always watching, evaluating, and responding to threats. That means they may not be friendly to non-family members.
- They bark – a lot (especially at night)! LGDs bark to alert predators of their presence, to drive off threats, and to communicate with their partners – including their owners and other LGDs.
- They use the least amount of force needed to do the job. They aren’t “attack dogs.”
- They are independent and happy without a lot of contact with people – but they are very loyal to their owners.
Livestock Guardian Dogs are powerful, loyal, independent decision-makers that protect both livestock and predators.
Driving off predators with an LGD, rather than having humans shoot them, results in a more balanced environment.
Your neighboring LGD benefits all of us.
What LGD breeds are most common in the U.S.?
- Anatolian Shepherd
- Caucasian Shepherd
- Central Asian Shepherd
- Great Pyrenees
- Maremma Sheepdog
- Tibetan Mastiff
Some LGDs are a cross between these breeds.
Some Dos & Don’ts when you live near an LGD
- Do ask us about our dog(s). We want you to be comfortable with them and their role on our property.
- Don’t approach our dogs without us present. They are working and may view you as a threat.
- Do alert us if our dog(s) are off of our property.
- Don’t contact Animal Control because our dogs are outside in the cold or spend a lot of time without humans around. That’s not cruel, that’s normal for an LGD!
- Do refer to our dog(s) by their names. Our dogs’ names are Zoe and Zeke.
What to do if you are concerned about our LGD:
We do our best to be a good neighbor, but sometimes a problem arises that needs to be addressed.
The best way to handle an issue is to call us so we can talk about what is happening. Most problems can be managed with a simple conversation. Please reach out to us!