We are guardian dogs, bred to look after livestock all day. We need constant herding stimulation, or we can get bored very quickly. If your biggest space is the size of a double car garage, perhaps a smaller pet would better suit to your environment!
We are very loyal to our master, but have little tolerance of intruders. We take time to develop trust and bond to new faces.
So, if you are looking for a people magnet dog, then we certainly don’t have such endearing quality! Maybe a Labrador Retriever is a better choice.
Just like the movie, we are creative and have the stamina to find an escape route if there is one available. Don’t let our fluffy hair fool you – We are actually quite slim! So we are quite capable of squeeze through an opening. What’s more, our large paws and strong front legs are excellent for digging.
We have some retrieving instinct, especially small items that we can easily pickup in our mouth. So if you object strongly to us hiding your underwear left on the floor, then you should continue your search for that perfect dog!
Maremma puppies are unusual and very gorgeous! They become victims of impulse buys when they are advertised for sale.
Dog ownership is a commitment for the life of a dog. If you figure that your dog will head to a pound once the kids are in school – please reconsider getting a pet!
Maremma Rescue Victoria has many dogs that have lost their homes as a result of changes in life circumstances. Some are not preventable and our dedicated volunteers are ready and willing to help wherever possible. However, changes that ARE predictable should be taken into consideration BEFORE making a commitment to a dog!
You are partly right!
Maremma and a young family member can form a loving and inseparable bond. However, the ultimate responsibility for any pet must always lay to an adult. Children can be wonderful dog groomers, trainers and best friends, but they need adult guidance. You should also remember that Maremmas are big (even as puppies) and can knock down a child. Children and dogs should ALWAYS be supervised when together, for both their sakes!
This is an area that Maremma Rescue Victoria is passionate about and we can’t help, but be blunt!
We see so many Maremmas surrendered to pounds, animal shelters or directly to us, because their owners had the wrong expectations of the breed. Please consider each of the points above, so you can enjoy many happy years with your new Maremma!