Maremma sheepdogs (Maremma Abbruzze) are an Italian breed of LGD (Livestock Guardian Dogs) that protect and defend our animals and property from predators. thay are similar to a Great Pyrenees but with a smaller range of territory making them easier to home to a farm and stay within borders in a fenceless situation. We have come to rely on them for protection and companionship, not only for all of our livestock but for all of the human members of the farm as well. They assist with chores, travel into the pasture with the herds and flocks, and monitor the property from anything looking for an easy meal. We honestly would not want to imagine our farm without several Maremma.
Our Sire Baron (born 2013 from NEK Sheep and Goat Farm) is rock steady in his disposition. He guards the farm in its entirety free ranging the 140 acres protecting it from predators and greeting any visitors. He works well with all of the animals and has an extremely calm and relaxed nature. He gets along well with people and other dogs and for us has been the perfect LGD. It was his personality that led us to want to breed finding his attributes to be ones we strongly desired to have passed down to our Maremma sheepdogs.
In 2017 we found Baron the perfect mate in Duchess the pick of the litter at Moonacre Farm located in AZ. She is an outstanding guardian and has repeatedly impressed us with her intelligence and intuitive nature. Duchess is excellent with all of our farm animals primarily staying with our ewes and their lambs but also with my small goat herd as needed. She can be trusted with even new-born lambs and has even been used to train skittish livestock that, after a bad experience, were terrified by dogs.
The pairing of these two Maremma sheepdogs have led to excellent offspring.
We selected a male pup from their first Maremma sheepdogs litter naming him Sir Pupster the Magnificent. At 2 1/2 years of age he is the perfect blend of Baron and Duchess and can be found with (often lounging alongside) our rams and wethers. Pupster is incredibly smart, very obedient and taller than his father weighing 15-20lbs heavier than Baron.
For AJHC it is very important that all of our animals are friendly, including Maremma sheepdogs, not only to those they see every day but strangers as well since we often have guests and visitors that wish to interact with them.
While it is not the custom of all shepherds, we find that allowing all of our Maremma sheepdogs to have time out of the pasture or barn for daily visits (when possible) gives them time not only for affection and excitement but exposure with new people and other animals they don’t regularly interact with.
AJ’s Happy Chick Farm is a proud member of the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America.
Below are testimonials about our Maremma sheepdogs.