Limited Registration: $2250.00

Or Full Registration: $3500.00

River arrived to Mountain Mist in January 2021 as part of our Cabrita Hills Chiara and Sky Island Niko litter. We initially thought to keep River for our own breeding program, however due to her close familial ties with both our current breeding males we ultimately decided against this. River is currently intact and so may be available to the right home as either limited or full registration. 

As with all our puppies, River began her exposure to sheep, goats and chickens at 5 weeks old. Except for a few short periods of youthful boisterousness where she was kept in an adjacent pen, River has been in the livestock pens with either the sheep or goats 24/7. She has been heavily exposed to chickens from new chicks on and has spent up to 2 hours unsupervised in the chicken run without issue. She has been regularly exposed to strangers; so she will bark but will also happily accept treats from anyone who offers. We have practiced regular handling since birth (ears, eyes, teeth, collar, paws, tummy, tail) to assist with grooming and vet care. River has been exposed to electric and page wire fencing, knows several verbal commands, is familiar with a number of door styles including jump and creep gates, loves car rides, and is leash trained. 

We believe that River would work best on her own or paired with a male dog. Adequate fencing is a must for any adult livestock guardian dog being moved to a new area. Although she has spent significant time with both the sheep and goats, our observations is that River is better suited to the goats. River also shows the makings of a great chicken guardian. 

We remind any prospective buyers that although River has had a solid foundation year, like most 1 year old dogs she is still an overgrown puppy at times. She will need ongoing guidance  and input from her people as she goes to work and continues to mature. Moves can be hard on these routine loving dogs who rely heavily on what is familiar and 'normal' to them. It can take days to months for an adult guardian to fully settle into their new situation. 

Pictures and Videos can be found on our Facebook page - link at bottom of page. 


Our puppies are from 5th generation working purebred maremma parents. They are raised inside the goat and/or sheep pens, gradually transitioning to being with the animals "full time".  In 2020 we added a small flock of chickens for early exposure to birds. Pups come with vet checks, first vaccinations, and microchips.

-------------------------------------------- Our next litter is expected late summer/early fall 2022 ----------------------------------------


Our next Arwyn and Vito litter is expected late summer/fall 2022. Our website and Facebook pages will be updated once we are sure a litter is on the way.           

Cost of a Limited Registration (no breeding rights) maremma pup is $1250.00 CDN. 

Cost of a Full Registration (includes breeding rights) pup is $2500.00 CDN. 

A $250.00 CDN deposit is necessary to Hold a maremma pup. Full payment - includes deposit - is due at time of pick-up or before transport. First come first served, i.e., the first deposit will have first choice of pups (male/female), then second and so on. Your deposit reserves a puppy, however we will wait until personalities begin to appear before deciding which puppy is right for you. As we cannot predict the number of puppies in each litter, we may not be able to fill all requests. If so, your deposit will be refunded or put towards the next litter, your choice. All our puppies are eligible for registration with the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America. Included in the total fee per pup is deworming, first vet check and shots, and microchip. 

We believe in having our dogs OFA Hip/Elbow certified. We are currently the only breeder to receive certification with the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America as ethical breeders in Canada. We believe that all breeders - regardless of breed - should have their breeding pairs tested. This does not guarantee that a pup will not develop problems but it certainly improves their odds. All breeders owe it to their clients to promote the best their breed has to offer.

Results from our current and upcoming breeding stock (PennHip does not have an online database. Scores available on request):

Cabrita Hills Vito:

Cabirta Hills Chiara:

Sky Island Niko: PennHip tested.

Mountain Mist Benson Ranch Arwyn: PennHip tested.


The buyer is responsible for the cost of a kennel and airfare if the pups are flown. Due to the distance from the nearest airport, we charge an airport delivery fee of $200.00. We will work with you to ensure the best airline for transport. Keep in mind some airlines have a lower transport fee when the owner or a transporter is on the same flight. Flights or long distance transport costs may include vet certificates of health, kennel fees, wellness checks, etc. as determined by airline policies, time of year, or third-party porters. Be aware that COVID restrictions have drastically reduced the number of spots available for air transport of dogs. 

Typically our pups go to their new homes between 10-12 weeks. Occasionally we are asked to hold a pup for transport or training purposes. Pups travelling to the USA must wait until 4 weeks after Rabies vaccination, typically 4-5 months old. In these instances we do charge $100.00 CDN/month for board as well as any additional vet fees as appropriate for age.