Maremmas

 

     
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Maremmas are an ancient Italian breed, specifically bred and selected to live with livestock on the pasture and in the paddocks.  They have a strong instinct to socialize with their livestock, and to protect them from predators.  There are several breeds that are used for this purpose, and they are generally referred to as "Livestock Guardian Dogs."  Maremmas are sometimes considered to be more friendly to humans than other Guardian breeds.