ᴡᴏʀᴋɪɴɢ ʙʀᴇᴇᴅs ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴛᴀʟᴋᴇᴅ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ sᴇʀɪᴇs&helli…

ᴡᴏʀᴋɪɴɢ ʙʀᴇᴇᴅs ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴛᴀʟᴋᴇᴅ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ sᴇʀɪᴇs…..
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Rarely seen outside of Italy, the Maremma Shepherd is an old breed nearly 2000 years old. Different theories abound of the breeds origin, what is certain several breeds like the Kuvasz from Hungary, the Pyrenean Mountain Dog in France, the Tartra in Poland and the Akbash of Turkey all share some commonality and characteristics. They’re all large dogs with white or creamy coats, similar in form and structure as well as excelling as a Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD) for their respective countries.
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Due to modernization, dogs no longer are needed to perform task as an LGD because of the disappearance of predators (mainly wolves) from areas of civilization, the Maremma has never stopped working since the wolf has never disappeared from the central Italian Apennine Mountains, making it necessary to continually use the dog to protect livestock.
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The breeds true name is the Pastore Maremma-Abruzzese Sheepdog and with this lays claims of the dogs being two (2) separate breeds. The Abruzzese is heavier boned almost Mastiff like in appearance and named by the region it comes from. Whereas the second type (bloodline) is a finer, lighter boned and considered more ‘pretty’, in appearance and stature. The breed club insist the most correct ‘type’ is somewhere midway of these extremes.
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During the Second World War, the Maremma was almost eradicated by the invading German Army who could not contend with their ferocity as guard dogs and shot them on sight. This eventually lead to dedicated breeders in Italy to continue to breed quality dogs that serves a purpose in both the show and working rings.
The breed was exported to Australia in the 1980’s where the breeds working abilities are most useful with helping keep predators away from a livestock rich country and is the second most prevalent country with Maremma dogs. Although still considered RARE in the UNITED STATES it is becoming common to see them working Livestock and in the Show ring.
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#maremma #puppies #dogs #italy #france #turkey #australia #usa #guarddog #sheepdog #kuvasz #l4l #f4f #breedsofpurpose (at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum)