Our Maremma Livestock Guardian Dogs

Our Maremma's 

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.  Then came Frits, our beloved Labrador who was a great playmate for our young children and who gave us a safe feeling living in the country.  When he died, after a battle with cancer, we decided upon a new dog that would be dual purpose. With everything we do (life and work, work and life - it is very much interconnected) we look for more than one purpose.  Following permacultural principles you never do or buy something that only has one purpose.  We came across Maremma Sheep Dogs, 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 threatened colony of penguins.

We now have 2 purebred Maremma Dogs, Florence who is two years old and Leonardo, or Louie for short, who is almost 1. They are still young and in training to become working dogs on our multi-faceted certified organic mixed farm, helping us in a natural and pesticide-free way to keep opportunistic predators away such as harrier hawks swooning in on our free-ranging chickens, possums and pukeko wanting to nibble on our young seedlings and fruit trees, and rats and mice on the lookout for stores of food kept on the farm.  Next to this, they help us feel safe living in the country and are great playmates for everyone who will take the time to get to know them

 

Our Dam and Sire, Florence and Leonardo 


          

 

There are not many of these beautiful and rare dogs in New Zealand, and we think there is an enormous opportunity for them to be positively useful on farms and livestock blocks.  Florencehad her first litter in April 2018. Give us a call if you are interested in a Maremma Sheep Dog as your guardian angel.

 Florence (Flo)

 

    Leonardo (Louie)

 For more Information on Maremma Livestock Guardian Dogs check out the following links:

 

Stunning Maremma Pups for Sale Soon

   

If you are interested in owning a purebred Maremma for yourself or your farm, please email us at csa@wefs.co.nz to register your interest.  Both dam Florence and sire Leonardo are NZ kennel club registered (see below for their certificates).

We are expecting a new litter at the start of October 2018.  The pups will be ready be ready from the first week of December @ 8 weeks old. Parents are in training to be working dogs, guarding our free range chickens and organic property from harrier hawks and other pests.

All puppies will be naturally wormed and treated for flea prevention.  Vet check done before they go... also will be raised with chooks and cats. 

Not every place is the right one for a Maremma, so please ask us as many questions as possible, so see if a Maremma is the right dog for you!

  1. - They suit farm house or livestyle properties best. 
  2. - The dogs are kid and animals friendly and will guard your livestock and property
  3. - They do need a lot of space and they do bark a lot at people or things they do not know
  4. - NOT SUITABLE for residential areas or keep as indoor pet (or small space). 

Please feel free to ask any questions before you decide to buy one.  If you have no experience with this breed please do research.  Below you can find some links to good articles and websites.

 
 

NZ Kennel Club certificates: