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Much more than just a kennel: Il Pastore Transumante is the where the world that surrounds the white dog of the transhumance is proposed from a modern point of view. It means professionalism and passion at your disposal, always.

The project Il Pastore Transumante was born with a distinct intention of its creator, the animal wellbeing manager Dario Capogrosso that is to spread and appraise worldwide Maremmano Abruzzese, the dog that he first got to know and to love as a young boy in Apulia, in the South of Italy, at the farm of his grandfather. The reliability, the professionalism, the long experience in both animal husbandry and dog breeding have made it possible for Dott. Capogrosso to create an entity that is greatly appreciated on the national as well as on the international level.

The dogs and their world are at the core of the project. Everything evolves around them and their needs: the management of the premises, the building of the packs, the daily relationship with the animals, the diet, the breeding and the well-being. At our kennel, the shepherding dog continues carrying out its ancient task of livestock guardian, and he does so incredibly genuinely, just as assumed by his genes. At our kennel, you won’t find rows and rows of cold impersonal dog boxes, but dogs that are free to move and run as they please in big fenced areas that are part of the 18 hectares of pastures and woods of the farm. All this is done in full respect of the nature and attitudes of this noble shepherd dog, without turning upside-down his spirit and temper that make him the Italian pride all over the world.

Italian national canine organisation
federation cynologique internationale

Why have a transhumant shepherd?
Discover the reasons that led to choose a D.O.C. Maremma puppy from "Il Pastore Transumante" kennel.

  • The history of our kennel and the respect we’ve always shown towards nature and the necessities of our big white guardians.
  • The professionalism that guarantees great buying experience.
  • The expertise that we offer to our customers’ benefit, and our solid reputation.
  • Distinctions in dog breeding from Enci, FCI, CPMA - and extra dog breeding from ISMEA, CIA, SIA.
  • Breeding ethics and timeless values.
In collaboration with CIA Alessandria

Origins
The Maremma Sheepdog is an ancient dog breed whose origins are still rather uncertain; we can assume that its ancestors have arrived in Europe and in particular in the central-south Appenine area starting from Tibet following the Asian nomad populations...

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Characteristics Of The Breed
The Maremma Sheepdog is a result of a very long selection process having its origins in the necessities of the Italian transhumant shepherding of the Central-South Italy, in particular the Abruzzo region. The agricultural context and the economies of the transhumant shepherding...

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Temperament And Behavior
Beauty, intelligence, even-temperedness, dignity and natural guarding instinct – these are only a few of the positive character traits of the Maremma sheepdogs. However, there is more to these white guardians that is hard to find in other dog breeds – a hint of wilderness...

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Breed Standards
The standard is the description of all the morphological parts of a dog, based on the requirements of each breed. These parts put together create the image of a “perfect” dog and the aim of each breeder shall be to produce animals that come as close to this model as possible...

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About The Size Of A Maremma
The main rule of the Animal Husbandry, and before that of the Nature itself, is that form follows function, and under this aspect, the Maremma sheepdog is a livestock guardian. Hence, who could define the shape, the size, the type, the character of a Maremma better than the shepherds themselves could?

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The Transhumance
The outliving of livestock guarding and protecting functions in Maremmas is strongly bounded not only to the presence of predators, but rather to the typical demands of the traditional pastoralism and hence the transhumance, meaning the regular migration of livestock from the spring-summer mountain pastures...

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