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Breed of the Month: Maremma

The Maremma originated in Italy. This breed was developed for guarding livestock; specifically sheep against attack from wolves. The Maremma is also great for guarding farmland against predators and unwanted trespassers. The Maremma is an independent working dog, compared to breeds like the Border collie and German shepherd. Maremma’s are great with those who live in the home but perceive visitors as a threat. Since the Maremma is a working dog and is quite vocal, they are not suitable as a pet or for living in a city environment. Since the Maremma was bred to follow herds of sheep as they graze, they need to roam and would not be able to be kept tied up.

Weight:

  • Male: 75-100 lbs.
  • Female: 66-88 lbs.

Features:

  • Thick jaw and strong teeth
  • Thick and coarse white coat
  • Powerful body
  • Large fluffy tail
  • Brown eyes

Expectations:

  • Tendency to vocalize: High
  • Affection Level: High
  • Child-friendly: Moderate
  • Dog-friendly: Moderate—dominant breed personality
  • Energy level: low-Moderate
  • Grooming: Moderate/High
  • Shedding: Moderate
  • Health issues: Moderate
  • Intelligence: High
  • Average Lifespan: 11-13 years

Common Health Problems:

  • Hip/elbow dysplasia
  • Sensitivity to anesthesia
  • Ivermectin sensitivity
  • Bloat

Written by: West Hill Animal Clinic

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Last updated: July 7, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 6th, 2020 we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

Your dedicated team at West Hill Animal Clinic