Coming all the way from the Maremma region of Italy, the Maremma Sheepdog is a working class canine that was bred to be extraordinarily proficient at guarding individual people as well as large flocks of sheep. These white coated dogs definitely look very cool and tend to be very affectionate towards those who the Maremma has become close to. That being said, you probably shouldn't adopt one of these dogs if you're purely looking for a family pet; Maremmas can be very overprotective of their families and can grow restless if they aren't given consistent tasks to complete. We'll talk about a few activities that'd be suited for a Maremma's talents down below, even these tasks won't entirely satiate the Maremma's natural inclination to work. We'd say only adopt a Maremma if you can consistently give them guard dog, herding dog or Schutzhund work on a regular basis.
As their names imply, Maremma Sheepdogs were bred for a very specific purpose. When they're unable to fulfill that purpose, many Maremmas tend to become very restless and anxious. This does not mean that Maremmas are bad pets - rather, it just means that they have very specific needs and may not be for everyone. If you feel that you'd be able to accommodate a Maremma Sheepdog's needs, as well as help them become just as friendly and sociable to others as they are to known friends and family members, then refer to this guide to start your relationship with your Maremma off on the right foot.