Blush x Bonavento 2019 Litter

~All Sold ~

MeadowCroft Blush x Benson Ranch Bonavento

Boni and Blush

ALL Pups Spoken for ~ from this litter

Benson Maremmas is proud to announce the arrival of twelve Maremma pups born 5/8/19. They will leave us sometime after mid-September-October.


I place my pups as started adolescent dogs only. They will be at least four months old and have had PennHIP testing completed. Giving my puppies significant training prior to them leaving me increases their likelihood of success and the satisfaction of their new owners. This helps to keep my puppies safe in their new lives.

The sire of the pups is our outstanding male Benson Ranch Bonavento. Boni’s hip scores are .18 & .16; those are the best hip scores for a male Maremma that I have ever heard of. He is a gorgeous dog with a kind and tractable temperament. Boni was a solid trustworthy guardian right from the start and has worked with a variety of livestock including lambs, sheep, mini cows and Miniature Donkeys.

Bonavento’s sire is Watermark Farm Centurion; hip scores .28 & .27. I have done hip testing on 18 of his puppies; the highest score of any of the pups was .37. Most of them scored in the 1’s and 2’s. This consistency is amazing.

Bonavento’s dam is Thistle Havens Liliana, who was bred by Peavine Hollow. Lili’s hip scores are .31 & .27. Lili is out of imported dogs selected by Kristina from true working bloodlines, not kennel raised show dogs as is most common in imported dogs. Liliana’s work ethic is impeccable and that comes through in her pups.

The dam of the pups is MeadowCroft Blush; her hip scores are .20 & .20. I have heard of only one other Maremma with hip scores as low as hers, other than some of Centurion’s pups. Blush’s sire was bred by Peavine Hollow and her dam was bred by Stoneybook Maremmas. I admire the wisdom and talent of these two breeders immensely. Blush’s dam, Stoneybrook’s Tillie has hip scores of .25 & .23, also out of hip tested parents.


** view hip scores at bottom of the page

So you see, these pups are very special. They will all have PennHIP testing completed before they leave me. Additionally, our training program here at the ranch is impressive and comprehensive. I begin training our pups when they are two weeks old using the Puppy Culture protocol and then add in all that I have learned over the years about training LGDs. I have owned or done training with over 120 Maremmas. For details about our training program please see the Husbandry and Training pages on my web site.

I want my puppy owners to be well prepared to take on my pups and work hard to support them through the training book I am writing, the content of my web site and increasing number of blogs there, as well as through training videos of this litter and previous litters.

I have created a blog series for my web site called “Follow Blush’s Pups.” If you sign up for Maremma News you will be notified when each of these blogs is posted.

Price: $2000, sold with Limited registration, placed in pairs only unless the buyer already has a suitable LGD partner

This price is for a pup four to five months of age, with PennHIP testing included. Additional training for pups produced here is $200 per month.


Benson Ranch Now Offers Maremma Puppy Training

As well as raising livestock and producing outstanding Maremma puppies we offer training on a per month basis. Buyers of my pups have the option of leaving them here with me in training beyond the minimum age at which they can leave. I think placing started pups at five to eight months of age is ideal.

Benson Maremmas now offer training to pups not born here as well. That rate is $250 per month. For more details please see the Services page on my web site.

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