Our Maremmas

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Attentive – Protective – Trustworthy

Stoneybrook’s Milan with one year old Amelia, my granddaughter. This photo clearly shows the kind, nurturing heart and trustworthiness of the Maremma breed.


The guardian dogs came into our lives by necessity. I had resisted the idea for years for many reasons: I didn’t want to be responsible for more animals, I didn’t want to feed that much dog food, I didn’t want to have to listen to the dogs bark, and the list goes on. The final push came with the loss of a $5000 foal. As Murphy’s Law prevails, she was my favorite of that year’s foal crop. And so came the first guardian dog. Almost immediately Mitch and I rested easier because it was clear this dog knew her job, and enjoyed it! What I was really unprepared for was how much I would come to love these dogs for who they are, far beyond the very important work they do for me. My awe and respect for them cannot be overstated. It is a distinct privilege to be allowed to live with them.

I present our Maremmas to you proudly.

All come from working parents and from experienced, responsible breeders of high quality dogs. Our dogs have proven to be capable guardians, have conformation and temperament within the breed standard, and have passed their health exams, including PennHIP certification. All our breeding dogs have these certifications and have among the highest possible scores. I am SOOOO proud of this!!!!  To learn more about what PennHIP is please go to: http://info.antechimagingservices.com/pennhip/



 

 

 

 

Stoneybrook’s Milan

  • DOB: 3/25/15 Breeding Male
  • Sire: Stoneybrook's Marco - OFA Hips Good
  • Dam: Stoneybrook's Alishe - OFA Hips Good

PennHIP scores:  .15 and .34

OFA: Elbows and Eyes Normal

Milan is a confident and attentive guardian with a kind, sensitive demeanor. I do love this dog!!!
We are so please to have him with us and thank Colleen William of Stoneybrook Maremma Sheepdogs, Minnesota for this incredible fellow.

 
These next photos are of Milan working with Tanzie, his spayed female …

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Watermark Farm Centurion

  • DOB: 2/7/15 Breeding Male
  • Sire: Watermark Farm Apollo
  • Dam: Watermark Farm Arya

Hannah and Centurion pups expected September 15, 2018
 

PennHIP scores:  .28 and .27

OFA: Elbows and Eyes Normal

Thistle Havens Liliana produced nine puppies sired by Centurion on 9/15/17.
These are their PennHIP scores:
.18 & .16 – Blue male (Bonavento)- staying with me
.24 & .26 – Blue Tail male (Armani)- available
.18 & .30 – Green male (Santino)- sale pending
.22 …

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Benson Ranch Bonavento

  • DOB: 9/15/17 Future Breeding Male
  • Sire: Watermark Farm Centurion - PennHIP scores .28 & .27
  • Dam: Thistle Havens Liliana - PennHIP scores .31 & .27

PennHIP scores .18 & .16

I am so, so excited to add “Boni” to our breeding program. Boni’s hip scores are remarkable and unprecedented in the breed as far as I know. He will be bred to our lovely Blush in 2019. Her PennHIP scores are off the charts as well: .20 & .20. I am blessed to have …

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MeadowCroft Blush

  • DOB: 5/9/17 - Future Breeding Female
  • Sire: Benedetto
  • Dam: Stoneybrook's Tillia Natalia - PennHIP scores .25 & .23

PennHIP scores:  .20 and .20

OFA: Elbows Normal

Welcome pretty baby!!!!

The lovely Miss Blush had her PennHIP certification done and has the impressive scores of .20 & .20!!!!! Those are amazing scores.  In addition to this Blush has wonderful conformation, a gentle trustworthy temperament, and good working aptitude. I am proud to add her as a permanent …

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Benson Ranch Sarika

  • DOB: 9/15/17 Future Breeding Female
  • Sire: Watermark Farm Centurion - PennHIP scores .28 & .27
  • Dam: Thistle Havens Liliana - PennHIP scores .31 & .27

PennHIP scores .24 & .22

 
Sarika is a soft, sweet, cuddle of a girl. She has her puppy moments as she should but always dials it back around me and her livestock. Her life partner is a younger male pup who would like to provoke her at mealtime, which I do not allow to happen. Sarika …

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Benson Ranch Cameo

  • DOB: 9/15/17 Future Breeding Female
  • Sire: Watermark Farm Centurion - PennHIP scores .28 & .27
  • Dam: Thistle Havens Liliana - PennHIP scores .31 & .27

PennHIP scores .27 & .30

Cameo is what I oh so lovingly refer to as a “biker chick”! She’s bold and brassy and gives me a run for my money in that sometimes she’s a bit springy around the sheep, for instance, and if she’s having a really good time at sometimes it takes a big action on …

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Stoneybrook’s Hannah

  • DOB: 3/25/15 Breeding Female
  • Sire: Stoneybrook's Marco - OFA Hips Good
  • Dam: Stoneybrook's Alishe - OFA Hips Good

PennHIP scores:  .24 and .27

OFA: Elbows and Eyes Normal

Hannah is quite an impressive dog and we feel fortunate indeed to have her with us.
Thank you to Colleen Williams of Stoneybrook Maremmas, Minnesota for sending Hannah to us.
Hannah presented us with nine beautiful puppies in 2018 sired by our impressive Watermark farms Centurion. All pups are spoken …

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Benson Ranch Armani

  • SOLD
  • DOB: 9/15/17 Breeding Quality Male
  • Sire: Watermark Farm Centurion - PennHIP scores .28 & .27
  • Dam: Thistle Havens Liliana - PennHIP scores .31 & .27

PennHIP scores .24 & .26

Armani is an elegant fellow. He is bold and friendly and shows a nice balance between puppy behavior and working behavior. He has handled all my training challenges well, and they are many, and is currently guarding miniature cattle with Marquise. He had lived with hair sheep prior beginning when he was …

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Benson Ranch Marquise

  • SOLD
  • DOB: 9/15/17 Breeding Quality Male
  • Sire: Watermark Farm Centurion - PennHIP scores .28 & .27
  • Dam: Thistle Havens Liliana - PennHIP scores .31 & .27

Marquise has been sold to MSCA President Deborah Reid
Black Alder Ranch – Idaho
Thank You Debi!!
 

PennHIP scores .22 & .24

Marquise likes life! He is a social pup who meets every new challenge with enthusiasm. He’s a little bit of a tough guy at times but is very tractable and responsive. I like the “edge” he shows, as …

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Benson Ranch Santino

  • SOLD
  • DOB: 9/15/17 Breeding Quality Male - SALE PENDING
  • Sire: Watermark Farm Centurion - PennHIP scores .28 & .27
  • Dam: Thistle Havens Liliana - PennHIP scores .31 & .27

PennHIP scores .18 & .30

SOLD
Santino is an interesting pup. He is very intentional – thoughtful. He has been bold and independent right from the start. As you’ve seen I use pet dye to identify my pups. While working on the ranch if I see a pup away from the group working I always go take …

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Benson Ranch Caprice

  • SOLD
  • DOB: 10/9/17 Working Quality Female - SALE PENDING
  • Sire: Stoneybrook's Milan
  • Dam: Wildcat Hollow Cami

Benson Ranch Caprice is a mild tempered, steady uncomplicated pup. I have done lots of leash work with her. She is very well socialized with people and ranch activity. Caprice has worked in several different fields on the ranch with varying degrees of difficulty, and has worked with an assortment of different types of livestock. …

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Thistle Havens Liliana – Reference only

  • DOB: 3/30/14
  • Sire: Francesco del Montecarlo - direct Italian import
  • Dam: Stella - direct Italian import

PennHIP scores:  .31 and .27

Liliana produced nine puppies sired by Centurion on 9/15/17. Due to complication post-whelping she has been spayed, so these pups will be her last. It’s shame, but I love my dog.
This was the safest choice for her. These are their PennHIP scores:
.18 & .16 – Blue male (Bonavento)- staying with me
.24 …

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Wildcat Hollow’s Cami – Reference only

  • DOB: 7/12/15
  • Sire: Pastore Transumante Bartolo - OFA hips Good
  • Dam: Alexandra of Wildcat Hollow - OFA hips Good

OFA Hip Score: Fair
OFA: Elbows and Eyes Normal

Cami had eleven pups sired by Stoneybrook’s Milan on 10/9/17
Due to post-whelping complications Cami was spayed and re-homed with a loving family. 
I have one female pup available….she’s wonderful!
Cami is a gorgeous dog!!! She has had full health testing, as have her sire, dam, grand dam, etc. There is …

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