Adult Livestock Guardian Dogs
Choose young and adult Maremma for your ranch, farm, family or home. Familiar with sheep, pasture pigs and cattle. Occasional sales for fowl protection or companionship/therapy.
Adult working dogs are a great choice when you need stable livestock protection. In Italy, the Maremma is very popular for livestock work, most frequently set in groups of 3 or 4. Single dog $700 or pairs at $999.
We have working dogs that are familiar with livestock and people. It is important to have enough time to introduce your dog to your routine and expectations. We can share some video or photos as time permits to help you select your dog.
A young Maremma is an enjoyable addition to your pastures or near a barn. A true Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD) needs a calm assertive leader, who demonstrates with action and clear single words of encouragement or halt. Your Maremma will not be motivated by physical punishment or threats. The dogs are very good at reading your face and stature, learning where you are and what's next.
Our dogs have lived with Sheep, Cattle & Large Black Hogs and some with Chickens. From birth to two years, Maremma learn their livestock and people to recognize behaviors and routines. They instinctively sleep during the day and awake at night or as needed to watch and deter predators, large birds, feral dogs and people.
Occasionally, we have a dog appropriate for companionship to an experienced owner.
They can be highly trainable to your life in concert with their instincts. Ours are calm, durable and agile when needed without extreme aggression. Their job is to accompany, scare away and escort off... without killing. Although that doesn't apply to wild animals.
When you meet your dog(s)... let them acclimate to the animals - through a fence or stall, sleeping nearby. Simple words like "Leave alone", "NO," "Git", "Mine" and "Good" all can work well. Our favorites are, "No bite" and "No jump" given consistently until it is habit. It simplifies, having guests onsite. Let them eat without competition, free feed or stay with them to redirect good behavior. Have them present as you interact with the animals as you normally work - feed, water, herd, move fields, examine or just visit.
We expect challenges for dominance among dogs, but you should never allow aggression near yourself or children as dogs are prone continue behaviors that are accepted.
Your Maremma will not be a dog to typically sit, stay, fetch or herd on command - although you may see glimpses all of this assistance when you move animals. She may be glad you are happy or just arrived, but it will be short lived as she moves yards away, along tree lines or in tall grass. Her job is to observe and deter threats.
Call or message us to choose and order your dog.