Sammie (nicknamed Juju Bug) is full of personality and charm. Her face is very expressive and you can see exactly how she's feeling at each minute. She smells predators miles away and always has her nose pointed up in the air looking for hawks. She is acutely alert to any strange people and animals, and reserves her affection for her dog and human family. Sammie is average weight for a female Maremma at 75lbs fully grown. She is twice as fast as her male counterparts and does not tire out when running after a predator. Her coat is easy to manage with long straight guard hairs and lack of matting. Sammie is registered with the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America (MSCA) with full breeding rights.
Sammie completed preliminary OFA hip testing in June 2020 at 10 months old. The results showed "good" hip joint confirmation. She went on to complete official PennHIP and OFA elbow testing in August 2021 at 25 months old. The tests found no evidence of hip/elbow dysplasia or osteoarthritis. Her elbows were classified as "normal." We met with our reproductive vet in September 2021 and she had no reservations about breeding Sammie as: her PennHIP scores were in the middle of the range for Maremma Sheepdogs, there was no sign of hip/elbow dysplasia or osteoarthritis, she will be bred to a sire (Gio) with excellent PennHIP scores, the pre-breeding physical exam indicated natural birthing should not be problem for her body, and her overall health was noted to be excellent. Sammie further has unique lineage on her father's side that will help widen the genetic pool for Maremma Sheepdogs in North America.
Sammie completed genetic testing through Canine HealthCheck in July 2021. The results were clear for all screened conditions, meaning she is not at risk, a carrier, or affected by any of the 223 genetic diseases checked for on the panel. Click on the button below to download the full report from Canine HealthCheck.
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