Our Maremma Livestock Guardian Dogs

Over the past years we have fallen in love with dogs.  At first with Fox terriers who helped us with keeping hares from our new piece of paradise; we had just planted a 1000 olive trees and 2000 shelterbelt trees on the open and windswept Tauherenikau plains and the hares did not like it a bit, they prefer wide open spaces.  Than came Frits, our ... who was a great playmate for our young childeren and who gave us a safe feeling liviin the country.  When he died , after a battle with cancer, we deicided upon a new dog that would be duual purpose. With everything we do in live and work, work and live (it is inteconnected for us) we look for more than one purpose. Following permacultural principles you never do or buy something than only has one purpose.  We the we came accross Maremma SheepDogs, an old World Breed also known to be very good working dogs as they have been bred to guard large flock of sheep on the plains and mountains in Italy.  Check out the family movie OddBall (2016),  a great Australian story about maremma dogs protecting a threathened colony of penguins. 

Maremma is an American version of the Italian name "Maremmano-Abruzzese". It is pronounced: 'Mare' as it is pronounced for a female horse, and 'Emma' as it is pronounced for a girl's name.

A Maremma is a livestock guarding dog, bred in Italy for centuries to guard large flocks of sheep on the plains and in the mountains. Other Old World breeds with similar temperament are the Great Pyrenees in France, the Komondor and the Kuvasz in Hungary, the Tatra in Poland, the Shar Planinetz in Yugoslovia, the Anatolian and Akbash in Turkey, and the Tibetan Mastiff in Nepal and Tibet. The Maremma originally lived day and night with its flock, and its white coat mimics the coat of the sheep in its flock. It was bred to take responsibility for keeping the flock safe from 4-legged predators, primarily the wolf, and from 2-legged thieves; and kept proficient at its job by frequent life-and-death battles with the wolves.