The "Cane da pastore Maremmano-Abruzzese" is an Italian breed of sheepdog, which is usually just referred to as the Maremmano Sheepdog. This dog that is used to guard livestock, is indigenous to central Italy, and, in particular, the Abruzzi, Lazio, and Tuscany regions.
For many hundreds of years, Italian shepherds have used this animal to guard sheep against attack from wolves and other predators. Translated into English from Italian, the title the Maremma is "The dog of the shepherds of Maremma and Abruzzese region."
The Maremma Sheepdog has a very muscular and robust built with a white coat that is extremely thick to deal with cold Italian winters. It has a black nose a large head, and males can weigh up to 45 kilograms, and stand between 65-73 centimetres at the shoulder. Female dogs can weigh as much as 40 kilograms and stand between 60-68 centimetres. Although this is the average height and weight, it is possible to see dogs of this breed that are considerably bigger.
The breed is sometimes divided by experts into a variety of subtypes that are based not only on minute physical differences, but also as a result of the villages and province names where the dogs are found. For example...
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