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the Abruzzesi Shepherds
of Marco Petrella
a new litter
may 2020: After a long time we
can announce the birth of new puppies that were born perhaps in
the least indicated period due to the coronavirus.
We hope that some sample of these puppies that can continue the
genealogy of our dogs.
The pups seem to be very promising with healthy and highly
For many years, animated
discussions about the weight of these dogs and the fact that
some witnesses even from this site claiming that are false and
that they are only fictional.
It can be a story invented is possible and of course is
impossible to provide evidence of stories told by shepherds and
passed down from father to son.
However, if the stories exist is better to known it and leave
who hears them their free judgment.
In the meantime, enjoy this video on weighing of a superb 83-kg
sample that certainly is not a figment of someone's imagination:
New section: videos of
Here's a preview with a video of the life of the Group of our
Here is a video that shows you how to live our dogs and
puppies are educated for the life of the group:
Looking the perfect Abruzzese.
You often ask how do you choose the original Abruzzese dog .
Here's an article that explains some "tricks of the trade" and
how to avoid taking other breeds mistaking them for Abruzzo.
To read it go to the monographs or
The importance of having a valid
We receive many compliments from people who have worked with our
dogs and this fills us with pride.
In the United States or elsewhere have the opportunity to
evaluate and appreciate these wonderful dogs and have answered
questions that people do especially about their differences with
other dogs or other breeds.
About two years ago are initiated the renovation work of the old
farmhouse that hosting our dogs to offer to our visitors and our
dogs a better environment for their growth and their promotion
preserving this important farm where the dogs have always lived
as evidenced by the chronicles of travelers who passed here from
old Ages to the present and writed in some ancient books.
In short, a page with photos of dogs originated from ours and
scattered in various parts of the world:
KENNEL ONLINE 2013
We are the only ones left to breed these dogs? even according
to many even exist and would only result of fantasies.
So here are some photos of new
dogs born in the last year and that can raise any concerns.
WHY 'CHOOSING A PETRELLA?
A question asked by many is why many people prefer a
Petrellas dog to other breeds or other dogs?
A page explains why our dogs are appreciated all over the world
and why people prefer them.
To read the article click here
THE SITE IS RENEWED WITH THE
BEST VIDEO ON THE
We are adding new content and photos on the site, added a new
page that collects
the best videos of these beautiful dogs.
Pages have been updated with new pictures of dogs in the
page the photo of the dogs with the
specimens used in recent years.
You can see also photos of our dogs with the new owners that
Can Abruzzesi stay with
Many people are asking if our dogs can live with children.
(NB: we are speaking of our dogs bred by us)
Here's a video that is worth more than each response:
here are some photos taken with Daniel, one year of age.
Continue the visits of children who are happy
to see our puppies:
Survey on Hip Dysplasia July 2012
published in the section "Monographs" a very
interesting article that lists some recent studies of the test
against dysplasia and on the wars between the various centers
that certify that disease. According to someone the state that
our dogs or those of some shepherds who raise their dogs
naturally have less joint problems and are more resistant is a
news that would have no basis result of fantasy alone and
without scientific basis. The article also talks about how to
reduce risk and is explained in a scientific way because of the
dogs bred in a natural way as ours they are less likely to
manifest the problem. To read the article
Lies on the web about Abruzzesi shepeerd dogs
We receive more and more messages of stories
about our dogs made by supposed experts with imaginative
stories that clearly are not so expert. It turns out that our
dogs would one day Pyrenees, another turn of the Tatras and so
on and so forth. We therefore decided to provide answers to some
of these authentic idiocies of the web
The vaccine that lasts a lifetime
The vaccine against canine distemper or parvovirus have a
minimum of about seven years and we can conclude that they can
protect your pet for life and yet the dogs are vaccinated every
year. An interesting article on vaccination protocols in the
monographs. read the page
the dogs of Petrella's family
A journalistic troupe has gone here with us
and has created an interesting article in the Journal
d'Abruzzo, which tells the story of these dogs and our family.
To read the article
The Successes of our dogs to the foreign countries.
Maja and Davide Champion on Russia
Brushed the victory at Cruft
April 13 th 2011: If of the
successes gotten by our dogs in the defense from the raiders we
almost all know many they don't know what our dogs are often
imposed in some shows in various parts of the world.
Of sure one of the most beautiful successes have been that
gotten by Nerina to the Crufts where she has won the second
position. One daughter of Nerina, Margherita Bianca won on the
special Junior Bitch.
It deals with one of the most important show dogs in the world
and it is the best answer that can be given to whom say that our
dogs aren't typical dogs. Also in Sweden Elisa makes hoarding of
titles while the children of Cleopatra excel in England and
Resulted test for hip
According to the data of the Swedish Kennel Club and
available to everybody, the dogs coming from our kennel and
raised by the friend Ann Eling they are results the best.
On sixty born pups, the 99% of the dogs perfectly result healthy.
They are given extremely positive that testify as the methods
used by the shepherds by us used they are very best of the
modern technologies used for fighting such problems.
Our congratulations to Anna for the good work.
it is to notice that in Sweden all the tests are recorded, also
those negative, and therefore it is not possible to conceal the
Abruzzesi sheperds become
22 nove,ber 2011:
he great Rockstar choose
them in defense of their homes and Disney today launches Santa
two Abruzzese Shepherd puppies were chosen by the musician
Michael Sembello to protect his house. Iy is a tribute to
Michael and his wife Lisa have wanted to make their Italian
heritage. Even Disney has finally decided to use even some
abruzzesi puppies as protagonists of the Christmas movies
will be shown in all cinemas. read the complete article
in the photo above Michael Sembello proudly shows her two
new puppies breeding of Marco Petrella.
Below the trailer instead of the movie "The Search for Santa
THE ANCIENT ABRUZZESE
August 2010: The pups been born
in the past years are very representative of our ancient race.
The number of samples present in various areas of Italy and
around the world continues to grow and the indications we
receive are very positive both from the health of dogs and as
regards their attitude to work. In the farms that use our dogs
the losses due to predators have down significantly and there
were no attacks on walkers that transit nearby, thi is a sign of
a an equlibrated behavior. Many have asked to have the same dogs
on their farms after seeing these dogs at work and this is the
pride of our race.
Here is our new male Attila when he had 10 months:
Sunday August 16 th 2009 they are the traditional walking of
the Morrone Mountains devoted to the transumanza.
If you want to participate look the program in the forum or
The video and the photos of the old excursion are available
We remember you that for the groups it is possible to repeat the
excursions in other dates and escorted by the dogs (excluded
those more binding) that they will accompany you in these
expensive places to shepherds Abruzzesi's memory.
We are waiting other pups from the same father available
for November / December 2008.
We invite you therefore to book in advance Your pup.
Meanwhile...... the dogs been born in January grow: you go on
Kennel on line to see how they have become.
As you will know, our region has been
the subject of a violent earthquake. There were many deaths and
a lot of people lost everything they owned. There are many
shepherds who, besides losing their houses, lost all their
flock. Here, the farm withstood the shaking, and although it
suffered some damage, it still stands. Even though everything
here has stopped, our region is not among those benefiting from
reconstruction aid; but this is of little importance considering
that at the end these funds always end up in the wrong hands.
The dogs suffered a lot and had a very strong reaction. They
broke down the metal enclosures and were all gathered in the
center of the lawn, clearly in a state of shock. The night of
the earthquake they barked so forcefully that their barking woke
people who lived several kilometers away.
This video is my answer to whomever asks me about our dogs:
The Children of the ACLIs visit our farm
group of children of the ACLIs has come to make visit to
The dogs have appreciated a lot the visit and the
children have been able to understand that the
Shepherds Abruzzesi, those true, are not dangerous dogs
for the tourists and that they can develop well their
job without particular bothers for the man.
The meeting is an initiative of promotion of the
tratturis denominated "On the Paths of the Tratturis"
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IN THE WORLD
numer of our dogs present on the various part of the world is
Senta is a first female of our Abruzzese shepherd dogs in Usa
and become a symbol of our region.
Choice to now
strengthen a molt of dogs in the defense of the flock from the
attacks of the predatory now she has become a great female that
works fair in Minnesota. Later
Senta there have been other dogs that have honored our region
with their job and that they have begun to produce pups very
required and appreciated.
We are proud for this and repays us of the immense job developed
for selecting these dogs and to make to know them to the foreign
the left Vincenzo working in USA.
Also in Sweden our dogs are being successful.
The dogs sent in the last years have begun to make litter,
looks the video, and begun a complicated project of
education of the local populations to their use in substitution
of the rifle to protect the breeding animals from the attacks of
the predatory, above all wolves.
also in England they are attraction for our dogs: Penelope and
his song Uno win in some show and other a coming on.
Who knows the Abruzzo region knows about the existence of big
white dogs used to defende the animals from raiders.
But the Abruzzese is not famous only in Abruzzo, rather, to the
foreign countries It is making to surprise the local populations
that they would ever have thought to a so useful use of these
dogs that thanks to their job they have succeeded where
expensive projects had failed.
In Australia the press has writed a lot of pages about some dogs
Abruzzesi used for protecting a colony of penguins.
In Australia, these dogs have been being introduced for
different years and they have a great deal now a number of
A breeder of chickens Australian Allan Swarp, called "Swampy"
has decided to try to defend the colony of penguins to Middle
Island of Warrnambool's using some shepherds Maremmano
Note that this article is only in Italian
We hope to translate it on English with your help.
Abruzzeses dogs save wolf
1 November 2006:
fact of chronicle happened in the mountains of the Laga at the
end of October 2006 has had a lot of prominence in the Italian
The newspapers are instigated with the strangest conjectures
giving a lot of prominence to this fact defined anomalous.
Two Abruzzesi shepherds dogs have saved a wolf from the certain
The attack of Roccacasale
Some wolves have attached a
flock of sheep to Roccacasale in July 2006.
Being present I could not do to less less than make you a
chronicle than happened Here is the story
of a day given to find again the lost sheep.
it is the second attack in the valley Peligna after that of
Pacentro of last year. We warn you that some images are
rather strong and not suited for the vision of sensitive people.
Nevertheless, the interest shown by the international scientific
world for our wolves induces us to make to see you these photos.
year has passed from its theft and despite the signalings
Cleopatra has not been found again yet.
We would have had to remove this news now old but we have
decided to leave the photo that has made her famous more
The photos that it has him withdraw on the Morrone Mountain
are published in a lot of magazines and web sites.
INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL MUSEUM OF THE VRECCALE.
Finally on line the first virtual museum of the Vreccale.
A page to know as in the various parts of the world the shepherds defended their dogs from the attacks of the
wolves. In the page there are so many collars of different nations.
If you want to enter here click
The pages of the
history. In exclusive for You the history and the ancient photos of the shepherds of the Morrone
Mountain. Extracted by a study in phase of realization.
A special preview devoted to the past times and their
To see the page click it
A thanks to everybody and
particularly to the friends that send us e-mail from the whole world.
In the last year we have received the visit of many friends, of numerous
journalists and of important broadcasting stations television parties to
see our dogs.
A Thanks to all for the compliments and you keep on writing us, we will
Abruzzese Shepherds appeal to a wide range of people, and are
ambassadors of friendship to the whole world.
The photos of the dogs
represented in this site are mainly of dogs bred by the
Petrella family. They have strived to continue a family
tradition dating from many generations devoted to the
breeeding of these splendid shepherd dogs, following the
criteria and guidance of the shepherds of Abruzzo today.
These dogs, which are very greatly valued by breeders, are not
show dogs, but are mainly selected for protection of the flock,
according to the preferences of the shepherds handed down from
generation to generation.
In these pages the history is told of the Abruzzese shepherd dog
and how they have retained useful suggestions for a correct breeding of the race.
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Pratola Peligna (AQ) ITALY.
Phone 0039.0864.272356 cell.0039.349.2886009 (we speak Italian and
French and a little of english)
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