Maremma Sheepdogs

Maremma Sheepdogs

Maremma Sheepdogs, also known as Maremmano-Abruzzese Sheepdogs, are Italian working dogs who protect sheep, chooks, cows and other livestock from predators like wolves and foxes. They are named after the regions of Tuscany and Lazio to which they are native, Maremma and Abruzzo, where they have been protecting sheep from wolves for centuries. There are even a group of Maremmas on Middle Island that were introduced to protect Middle Island’s population of Little Penguins from foxes. Check out the movie Oddball (2015) which is about a Maremma who is trained to protect a penguin sanctuary:

Our Maremma, Baci, protects our flock of ducks from predators such as foxes and hawks. We got Baci in 2019 from a free range chicken farm in South Australia. We held a naming competition for our Instagram followers to help us name her and the winner was Baci which means kisses in Italian! Baci is a very cheeky and playful dog and loves to stand in her water trough and then dig a hole so her lovely white legs look like mud pie! She loves her mate Gracie the pony!

Baci the maremma as a puppy watching over the chooksBaci as a puppy in 2019
Baci running around Green Olive at Red HillBaci in 2020