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Statistics on maremma sheepdog early Australian breeding

These statistics are derived from my own research on all the Australian Maremma sheepdogs registered until May 2000.

These dogs are the foundation of the Australian maremma sheepdog.

(These figures are of course for registered maremmas only)

TOTAL MAREMMAS TO 2000
2414
TOTAL DOGS
1146
TOTAL BITCHES
1268

TOTAL ORIGINAL IMPORTS
17

NUMBERS BORN EACH YEAR TO 2000
.
1984 Australia's First breeder Charles and Sandra Curwen Hollinsdale Kennels
1
1985
0
1986
15
1987
5
1988
16
1989
40
1990
106
1991
91
1992
115
1993
150
1994
224
1995
232
1996
378
1997
300
1998
351
1999
334
2000
34

It is plain to see how the breed numbers jumped from 1990 onwards. But it should also be plain for anyone to see that if there were only 17 original animals, and 77 bred from them in the first 6 years, then the numbers begin to rise the way they do, that the gene pool is in great trouble. Out of these 17 imports, 2 proved to be sterile. Interesting is also how those original 15 animals were used in the breeding program.

There were 2 dogs and 1 bitch in particular that became the greatest contributors to the overall breeding population, and today nearly every maremma in Australia bears these animals in their pedigree, many of our animal bear all 3 in their pedigree, and many bear them multiple times.

MAREMMANO KNIGHT COMMANDER
SIRED: 98
GRANDSIRE TO: 477
SONYMER KYBER
SIRED: 73
GRANDSIRE TO: 459
LOLA
BORE: 22
GRANDDAM TO: 353

As you can see, just one generation down, and a large percentage of our maremmas are related to these 3 original animals. Even though Lola, being a bitch did not produce a huge amount of direct offspring, her offspring are widely used.

Listed below are the statistics on breedings from the other original imports

DOGS

.

.

SONYMER KARL

SIRED: 56

GRANDSIRE TO: 155

ABRUZZO ENRIKO DELPHINO

SIRED: 16

GRANDSIRE TO: 69

CHARLIAN ESCAPADE

SIRED: 22

GRANDSIRE TO: 3

LURGENGLARE BASILIO

SIRED: 74

GRANDSIRE TO: 299

LURGENGLARE DANIO

STERILE

.

SONYMER ICESTORM AT SUNSHOO

SIRED: 5

GRANDSIRE TO: 48

SUNSHOO DAYTRIPPER

STERILE

.

BITCHES

.

.

LURGENGLARE BERNITA

BORE: 31

GRANDDAM TO: 56

LURGENGLARE DESMA

BORE: 20

GRANDDAM TO: 146

LURGENS BARISSA

BORE: 24

GRANDDAM TO: 112

MAREMMANO ELOQUENT GUARD

BORE: 11

GRANDDAM TO: 181

SONYMER JOYFUL

BORE: 23

GRANDDAM TO: 105

SUNSHOO DEVIL-INHERHEART

BORE: 28

GRANDDAM TO: 103

TAVOLIERE ZECCA

BORE: 9

GRANDDAM TO: 14

So we see that for our 17 imports, 2 of them were sterile, so only 15 actually contributing to the gene pool, and some contributing far more than others.

Statistics from 2000 - 2011

It does not matter what the quality of an animal is, you cannot continue to inbreed on that animal endlessly without running into problems.

male maremma playing with his pups displaying the loving nature of these livestock guardian dogs

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