Maremma Sheepdog | Maremma Sheepdog Club of America Code of Ethics Breeder
Breeder of Health Tested MSCA & UKC Maremma Sheepdogs | Springfield, MO | Delivery Available
Learn More About Our Maremma Sheepdog Program
Breeding healthy, confident Maremma Sheepdog puppies with exceptional temperaments and guardian instincts. Our mission is to raise and match the right puppy for your family. In doing this, we take into account the puppy’s attributes in addition to what you are looking for in your next best friend. Additionally, we provide puppy evaluations and scorecards to help guide you during puppy selection.
We breed and raise our Maremma Sheepdog puppies for sale for approved, responsible, and loving homes. Understandably, socialization is an essential step in raising a puppy. Therefore, all puppies start enrichment activities in our puppy nursery with our BAB Advanced Puppy Curriculum. In addition, we utilize ENS (Early Neurological Stimulation), ESI (Early Scent Introduction), Puppy Culture, and Avidog.
All in all, Maremma Sheepdogs are our passion. Above all, their loyalty, loving nature, intelligence, and graceful style will add fun and happiness to your home!
We are Maremma Sheepdog Club of America MSCA Code of Ethics Breeders and AKC Bred with HEART breeders. Our Maremma Sheepdogs have been DNA genetically health tested with Paw Print Genetics, Embark, PennHIP, and OFA tested for hips, elbows, eyes, and heart, and are OFA CHIC certified.
In addition, we select our parent dogs based on temperament, health, and structure. Our puppies are raised with livestock and socialized with people, other dogs, and cats.
Our adult Maremma Sheepdogs are dual registered with the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America (MSCA) & the United Kennel Club (UKC).
Kara Marx is very active in the breeding industry. She is a Code of Ethics Breeder and former Treasurer of the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America. She is also a Bred With Heart Breeder with the American Kennel Club, a Code of Ethics Breeder with the United Kennel Club, a Good Dog Certified Excellent Breeder, and a certified BAB puppy temperament evaluator.
Kara continuously pursues higher education by attending classes and seminars offered by BAB, Avidog, Good Dog University, Madcap University, Puppy Culture, the AKC Canine College, and more. Kara received certificates and badges of recognition from the AKC, BAB, Good Dog, and Avidog. A sampling of the seminars she has attended include:
- Genetics with Dr. Casey Carl of Paw Print Genetics
- Immunology with Dr. Ben Hatler of NeoTech
- Neonatal care with Dr. Marty Greer of Revival Animal Health
- Savvy Socialization with Dr. Gayle Watkins of Avidog.
Are you looking for a Maremma Sheepdog breeder near you?
Pick up your Maremma Sheepdog puppy in person, or we’ll take care of arranging the delivery for you.
$500 Non-Refundable, but Transferable
*We fly our Maremma Sheepdog puppies, in-cabin, directly to you; my husband Jason is our flight nanny. Contact us for a quote.
*We also personally deliver our Maremma Sheepdog pups to their new homes; contact us for a quote.
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“Become A Part Of Our Family, When You Make a 2J 2K Maremma Sheepdog A Part Of Yours!”
“Thank you for such a wonderful puppy. She has already fit in so well. She is calm and confident and on our heels. Yesterday I was sitting in the yard with her, and a plane went overhead, and she looked up and tracked it . . . she is so smart! Even after working with dogs all these years, it still amazes me that what a dog is bred for can be so instilled in them.” – P. Pannier, DVM | California Mike & Bonnie S. | Florida
“Axle (now Uriah) is doing great; he’s very confident and alert”. – D. Ketchum | Mississippi Multiple 2J 2K Maremma Sheepdog Owner
“I just wanted to let you know Nicolo and Giovanni are amazing. They are great with my goats and just little loves. You’ve done such a great job with them. They don’t jump on people. They are great with our little grandson, and they give me kisses galore. I am so happy this has all worked out! You raise great pups.” – Dr. A. Rotter | Tallapoosa, Georgia Multiple 2J 2K Maremma Sheepdog Owner
“Balto is doing fantastic!! He is so sweet and so confident. He is taking everything in stride and doing awesome!!” – K.Carter | Zephyrhills, Florida
Our Maremma Sheepdogs live in many states!
- North Carolina
Maremma Sheepdog Homestead Guardian & Family Companion Livestock Guardian Dogs | Protectors Foremost with a Loyal & Friendly Temperament
About The Maremma Sheepdog
The Maremma Sheepdog also recognized by names such as Cane da Pastore Maremmano Abruzzese, Maremmano, or Abruzzese Sheepdog, is an Italian breed of livestock guardian dogs descending from ancient Rome. The Maremma Sheepdog continues to enjoy popularity in Italy, fulfilling their customary duties as guardians of homesteads and beloved companions for families.
Historically, the Maremma Sheepdogs’s conventional role has been that of a guardian, protecting sheep flocks from wolf predation.
The primary function of the Maremma Sheepdog is dissuasion and deterrence rather than engaging in actual physical combat with predators. Their presence alone, combined with their imposing size and protective instincts, serves as a powerful deterrent to potential threats. Maremmas are known for their ability to assess and control situations calmly, relying on their intimidating appearance and assertive behavior to discourage predators from approaching the flock they are guarding. This dissuasive approach helps in minimizing the risk of direct confrontations, ultimately ensuring the safety of the livestock under their care.
- Size: Large and sturdy, males typically weigh between 100-155 pounds, while females are slightly smaller.
- Appearance: Maremmas have a distinctive bear-like head, a broad and powerful neck, and a dense double coat to protect against the elements.
- Color: Their coat is usually white, providing effective camouflage in a pastoral setting.
The Maremma Sheepdog is known for their calm demeanor, intelligence, and strong protective instincts. They are loyal to their families. Well-socialized Maremma exhibit lower reactivity to strangers
while remaining deeply committed to their protective duties.
Early socialization and training are essential for Maremma Sheepdogs to ensure they develop into well-mannered and well-adjusted companions. Maremmas respond well to positive reinforcement training methods.
While they can adapt to various living situations, the Maremma Sheepdog thrives in rural or suburban settings where they have space to roam and fulfill their guardian instincts.
Generally, the Maremma Sheepdog is a robust and healthy breed. Routine veterinary check-ups, a well-balanced diet, and regular exercise contribute to their well-being.
The typical life expectancy of a Maremma Sheepdog ranges from ten to 14 years on average.
While traditionally used as a working dog, the Maremma Sheepdog has gained popularity as a family pet and therapy dog due to their gentle nature and loyalty.
It’s important to note that individual dogs may vary, and prospective owners should consider the specific needs of the breed before bringing a Maremma Sheepdog into their homes.