Mareema Sheepdogs, also known as Abruzzenhund, enjoy being close to their family but like living outside with lots of room to play. They are not suitable as apartment dogs or even for living in a smaller city house.
If you do have a large plot of land and want your house, property and livestock to be protected from predators and strangers, the Mareema Sheepdog will be just the dog you need. They have a strong protective instinct and will defend and guard their family and property.
Due to their size and body mass as well as their strong protective instinct, training this breed well and from puppyhood until old age is a must. Early socialisation is very important to ensure they don’t think offence is the best defense.
Mareema Sheepdogs are friendly and loving towards their family but not intrusive. A focus on training is very important as their tendency to make their own decisions can cause problems if they are not trained. They are keen to learn and enjoy training, and their intelligence makes training them easy. However, this breed is quite independent and maintaining a spirit of initiative is also important.
Mareema Sheepdogs will always feel reluctant and cautious towards strangers when introduced to them. Their urge to protect their family is always there even when assured by their owners that a stranger is okay.
|Life expectancy:||11-13 years|
|Monthly cost (food):||high|