Giovane (pronounced Jo-va-nay) means young/youthful/green in Italian. We chose this name for two reasons: one, as a play on words because his breeder used livestock spray to mark his rump green to identify him in the litter; and two, he is our youngest dog. Giovane (Gio or Gigi for short) has been a dream dog. He is calm and steady, and immediately went to work with our poultry, potbellied pigs, and goats upon arriving home at 7 months old. He never needed to be separated from our stock; he never went through the "teenage phase" that LGD groups warn about. Gio is average weight for a male Maremma at 85lb fully grown, and of a muscular build. He has a slight wave to his coat, short guard hairs, and zero matting, which has made grooming a breeze. Gio is registered with the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America (MSCA) with full breeding rights.
Gio completed PennHIP testing in June 2020 at 6 months old (PennHIP can be done on dogs 16 weeks or older). Gio's scores were significantly better than the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America's (MSCA) recommended PennHIP cut-off for breeding. The PennHIP results noted there was no evidence of osteoarthritis in either hip. Gio also completed preliminary OFA hip and elbow testing in June 2020. His hip results were "good" and his elbows were "negative." The OFA results found no evidence of hip/elbow dysplasia or osteoarthritis.
Gio completed genetic testing through Canine HealthCheck in July 2021. The results were clear for all screened conditions, meaning he 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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