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The selection


     In the conviction that one cannot deeply know a breed without knowing the environment and the culture that have shaped it, we keep on breeding exclusively Abruzzese rustic bloodlines, fully respecting our pastoral tradition. Therefore, a selection mainly aimed to maintain the functional characteristics and the balance of the character, which have always been the true essence of the breed. To this aim, many of our dogs are still used to guard the flocks and, even those which do not directly work with the sheep, freely live in the open air, in big spaces, often together with the animals they guard. The bitches mate, give birth and suckle with no help or resort to artificial insemination, assisted births or artificial bottle-feedings. The new entry grow with the adult dogs and immediately learn the clear "rules" of the group. All this determines resistance to illnesses and absence of genetic defects and guarantees that our dogs are reliable guard-dogs, never fearful or uselessly aggressive.


our dogs

     The official standard, even describing a majestic dog, establishes for the males a maximum weight of 45 kg. The problem is that a male of 45 kg can't be neither powerful nor majestic. Following the morphological ideal of the Abruzzi-sheep-rearing, our adult males always have an "important" head, with a thick leonine mane, a height of 70/73 cm at withers and a weight which varies from 50 to 55 kg. They are easily distinguishable from the females, which are generally smaller, with a height of 65/68 cm and a weight of about 40/45 kg. Both males and females have considerable diameters and a strong bone-structure. The coat is always pure white; the yellow stains, admitted by the official standard, are considered a clear sign of degeneration.

selection of the "Maremmano-Abruzzese" sheepdog by Agostino Molinelli, Tel.+39.335.652.68.22
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