birth, pups weigh less than 100 grs but already after a few days they
double their weight. Later around ten days, their rhythm of growth is of
around 150 grs. a day. Many think that a good shepherd Abruzzese ought
to have the skin of the eyes, nose and mouth all black. In the choice of
a pup it is necessary to remember this detail but it is also necessary
to remember that the pups are not born pigmented and that they often
complete the pigmentation after a few months.
It often happens that you will see, dogs excellently pigmented but from
the slender structure (also a bastard can have the black rims!).
In the choice of a pup, therefore, it is necessary to keep track of varied
factors, in fact, also a dog slightly pigmented but of good structure can
be a good sample.
Later around twenty days they start to sprout the first teeth and at one
month of age, the mother begins to wean them. In the choice of a pup it is
necessary to entrust the choice to an experienced person and not to be in
a hurry. In fact, a pup is not a package to order to the supermarket. It
generally is necessary to book the pup from the select breeder with a few
months of advance from the moment. The dogs go twice in heat a year.
SPUR HIM, SPUR NO.
Another parameter of
evaluation used by some is that to choose the pups that doesn't have the
spur (read dew claws) because it was thought good in the goals of
selection. Even if a dog can aesthetically be more presentable it serves
to remember that in some areas of Abruzzo the shepherds that have been the
first ones to select the race, thought you improve the dogs endowed with
spur or double spur and they often discarded those who didn't have them.
Today this characteristic is penalized unfortunately (alas..) for the dogs
that participate in canine shows.
Some breeders also release a pedigree that certifies the purity of the dog
and his genealogical tree. In the certificate the dog is recognized with
the name of Maremmano abruzzese since the race Abruzzese is not recognized
by the ENCI having been the two races (Maremmana and Abruzzese) unified in