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JAFFI owned by Siv Grönholm.
His full name is Rosso Di Sera Di Selvaspina and his breeder is Ms Anna Albrigo in Italy. He was imported to Finland in the autumn 1996 by a finnish breeder that later on decided that she had too many Maremmanos. We bought him as a pet in December 1997 and are very pleased with him. After moving from the suburbs to a small farm in October this year Jaffi now spends a lot of time outside guarding his own territory. Jaffi has turned out to be a wonderful family dog when remembering he was brought up in a kennel in Italy, imported to Finland to live in a flock consisting of 4 other Maremmanos, and then re-homed in a family with two small children, Mathias and Pamela, at that time aged 3 ½ and just under 2. Though Jaffi was not used to small children we have not had any problems. As a curiosity I can tell that my daughter Pamela is born 20.01.96 and is thus one week older than Jaffi. These first photos of my son Mathias, then aged 4, and Jaffi were taken in summer 98.

siv with her maremma sheepdogs

siv with her maremma sheepdogs

This photo of Jaffi trotting along is one of my absolute favourites. It is taken in the evening after the World Dog Show in Helsinki, Finland, in June 1998. Jaffi won the Open class and was beaten only by the two Italian champions participating. Needless to say I was very proud of him.

siv with her maremma sheepdogs

  Siv, Mathias and Pamela, relaxing in the snow with Jaffi.  
  siv with her maremma sheepdogs  
  The famous maremma in repose - don't we all know this legs crossed position!  
  maremma sheepdogs  
  maremma sheepdogs  

Meet Ardito, my new pup from Italy!

15 weeks and all 'muscles' on ma's kitchen table

  ardito a maremma sheepdog  
  ardito a maremma sheepdog  
  Ardito thinking: First I lick and kiss..  
  ardito and jaffi, 2 maremma sheepdogs  
  .. still some more kissing.....  
  ardito and jaffi, 2 maremma sheepdogs  
  .. and then I take liberties......  
  ardito and jaffi, 2 maremma sheepdogs  
  ardito a maremma sheepdog  
  Ardito likes to stay close to water  
  ardito a maremma sheepdog  
  This pic of Mathias and Pamela was taken about a year ago. In the background you can see our house and all the other buildings.  
  the maremma sheepdog farm  
male maremma playing with his pups displaying the loving nature of these livestock guardian dogs

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