Maremma Sheepdog Puppies | One Little Girl is Mine!
It’s official! My Maremma puppy was born June 7th!!
Yes, I finally started looking around for a new Maremma Sheepdog. LGDs (Livestock Guardian Dogs) aren’t as easily found as pet dogs, or even some of the other working breeds. Locating a Maremma Sheepdog breeder isn’t like finding a breeder for poodles, labs or even Great Pyrenees. The more common breeds can be found all over the place, but not so much with the more rare Maremma Sheepdog.
And trying to find one that has a dog the age you want and is located half-way close to where you live is even more difficult!
The “Almost Mine” Pup
I was very, VERY close to picking up this little boy in southern West Virginia, only 9 weeks old, great parents, and look at how CUTE he is:
Isn’t that the sweetest looking little guy? He really called to me, but I was hesitant to get a male dog if I could avoid it, as our farm collie is a male. Training books caution that it is better to get opposite sexes, as two males or two females are likely to fight at some point to determine who is dominant. And I believe that, cause when we had two large female dogs, they got into some hellacious fights!
Anyway, Chad at Chestnut Springs Farm was very helpful, and I was really kind of sorry I couldn’t bring that cute little dog home when we came back from West Virginia last week.
So where did I finally find the little girl I wanted?
My timing was quite fortunate when I contacted Kerstin at Confidence Farm in Alachua County of Florida. It just happened that her Maremma was due to have a litter of puppies SOON. And indeed, they came even a little sooner than expected, and I was thrilled to find out before we left for West Virginia that the puppies had arrived, and there are FOUR girls to choose from!
They were only a day old in the above picture, but they’ve obviously got the hang of finding food and filling their tummies! I can’t wat until I get to see them and hold a puppy and choose one. Which little girl is for me????
At least with this choice of puppy, we have some time to get ready. We need to make sure we have a good place for her to stay, and I need to give myself some “refresher courses” on raising an LGD pup.
My biggest regret is not getting this pup before Neffie died. We didn’t think we would need another livestock guardian dog since we aren’t raising little lambs or goat kids anymore. And I knew it was going to be a hard blow to lose Neffie and not sure I wanted to do it again. But things have a way of changing, and the bottom line now is that I’ll have to be this pups mentor and trainer, all without the help Neffie could have provided in showing the little one how’s it done. That makes my job harder. So I’m excited and a little apprehensive at the same time!
Stay tuned for the continuing saga of our coming Maremma Sheepdog, and my thoughts as I bring to mind what I learned in the past about LGDs, and new stuff I learn as well. I’ve no doubt we’re on the verge of a grand adventure!