Maremmano-Abruzzese

Description:
Majestic and big in size, this dog is completely white, has a solid body and a rustic look. It has a beautiful long coat that is somewhat rough and wavy. The head has a conic shape to it and is big; the skull is wide between the ears and narrows towards the front of its face; the nose is pointy; the length is about one tenth less to the skulls. The eyes should not look big or small, nor should they sink in or look prominent, the color of the iris can be either ochre to dark brown; the ears are small and have the shape of a v and are highly inserted. The profile of the neck should look moderately arched, thick, and very robust and should not have any dewlap. The shoulders should look long and inclined; the front legs should have good bone structure but should not look heavy or straight. The body should look like it is well developed and it should have a wide and straight back. The hind legs are wide and powerful looking with low hocks and moderately angled. The tail is lowly inserted and reaches underneath the hocks of the dog and hangs down when the dog is resting or relaxed; when the dog is in action, its tail curls. The coat of this dog forms a very thick collar; it has a very thick undercoat and its tail has an abundant amount of hair on it as well. the coat of this dog should be completely white, however there are some that have an ivory color and some that are pale orange or lemon color. The height of this dog is approximately sixty five to seventy three centimeters and about five centimeters less in the case of the females.

Ideal owner:
This breed is not very well known in countries like the United States and England but it is very well known in Italy, however they can be found in both countries as long as you find a reputable breeder. This breed shares some attributes with the Kuvasz and the Pyrenees Mountain dog and it is often times confused with these dogs. This dog is very lively, brave, seems somewhat reserved, but is very kind and sociable, however not so much with strangers. The Maremmano needs a lot of attention from its owners and needs to be allowed to get a lot of exercise. This dog is probably too big to be kept inside the house all the time and needs its fresh air. However, it is very adaptable and is an excellent guardian dog.

Growth:
This dog is completely white at birth without exceptions and it usually weighs around half a kilogram at birth. Its nose, eyelids, and lips are pink when they are born, but will begin to darken when it turns eight weeks old. At eight weeks it should weigh around six to nine kilograms, maybe even a little more in the case of a male. Over eighteen months of age it reaches its full height and its body will continue to gain substance until the second year of age. Some of them do not mature completely until the age of three years. If you are looking into getting a Maremmano, make sure to go after one that looks extroverted and avoid one that is shy, remember this breed is not supposed to be shy, to the contrary its known to be very confident and brave. When they are puppies they can easily be mistaken for little lambs, because their hair is so soft and woolly, it should not look long or thick though. When the dog is around six to twelve months, it will begin to get a rougher coat. They often have very fast growing spurts and this is why it is important to not over feed them. Mentally this dog is an adult at eighteen months of age.

General health:
As is the case with many bigger dogs, the Maremmano has a tendency to having bone problems and this is one of the biggest concerns breeders have. Amongst these concerns is hip dysphasia, and kneecap dislocation. Since this dog has not been bred very much though it seems these problems are probably related to individual lines, since haven't been very many incidences. In general this is a very strong breed that is easy to take care of. This breed is very sensitive to anesthetics and it is very easy to over do it with the dosage. Make sure to let your veterinarian know about this and do not attempt to medicate this dog yourself. This dog's coat needs to be regularly groomed to avoid skin and coat problems such as mats and eczemas.

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