The Bergamasco was developed in Persia, and he is one of the oldest herding breeds. This breed almost disappeared after the Second World War but has been restored by the Italian scientist and breeder Dr. Maria Andreoli. To this day, the Bergamasco remains relatively rare breed in Europe and North America. The Bergamasco Sheepdog was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015.
Height: 22-25 inches Weight: 70-84 pounds Lifespan: 13-15 years
The most distinctive feature of this breed is its amazing coat. The Bergamasco Sheepdog is a muscular, heavy-boned herding dog of medium size. This is a true working breed, completely devoted to assigned work and refers to it very seriously. Representatives of this breed are strong and very courageous animals. Comparable Breed: Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Puli.
The Bergamasco Sheepdog is not recommended for inexperienced dog breeders. This dog is loyal, calm and always ready to defend his home, family and territory. Bergamascos quickly find a common language with other dogs, as well as with other pets, especially if they grew up together. This breed shows great patience in dealing with children. At the same time, they are suspicious, cautious and even hostile to strangers. In general, this is alert, attentive, intelligent, noble and well-balanced animal.
Coat / Care:
The Bergamasco Sheepdog has a truly unique coat, made up of three types of hair. The coat forms flocks, which cover the dog’s body and legs and protect the dog from weather and predators. The hair on the head is typically long and hangs over the eyes. Flocks are separated by hand, and each is individually cleaned. Bathe your dog only if necessary.
The Bergamasco Sheepdog is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Eye Problems, Hip Dysplasia and Gastric Torsion. The Bergamasco Sheepdog has a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years.
Weight / Height
The male Bergamasco Sheepdog dog breed’s height is around 24 – 25 inches and weighs around 75 and 84 pounds. Female Bergamasco Sheepdog dogs can reach a size from 22 – 23 inches and weighs between 70 and 80 pounds.
Intelligent and independently-minded, the Bergamasco is not a submissive dog, but it may submit in order to show his attachment to you. Harsh or oppressive methods are useless, on the contrary, training should be based on unconditional respect, firmness, fairness and consistency.
Due to his size, the Bergamasco Shepherd is not suitable for apartment living- he requires a large yard to exercise in. This dog does best in cold or at least seasonal climates due to its dense thick coat. The Bergamasco can be trained to compete in herding trials, due to his herding instincts. Bergamascos are still used in the Alps to herd cattle.
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