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Bergamasco: Origin, Personality, Fitness & Health
Group: The Bergamasco
belongs to the group of herding or pastoral dogs.
Also Known As:
Bergamasco Shepherd Dog, Italian Bergama Sheepdog,
Bergamaschi Herder and Cane da pastore Bergamasco
are other names of the Bergamasco dog breed.
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Bergamasco dog has its
origins in the Italian Alps. This ranks as
a very ancient Italian dog breed. It served
as a flock guide in the Alpine regions over
The process of modernization
adversely affected the flocks and their dogs.
Sheep rearing no longer remained as an important
economic resource of the area and the shepherd
masters no longer protected sheep and sheepdogs
like Bergamasco. All this led to a partial
extinction of the dogs.
In recent times however the efforts
of few enthusiastic breeders has made it possible
to bring about a revival in the numbers of the Bergamasco
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A General Description of
The Bergamasco has a rustic appearance.
Its most distinctive feature is its felted coat
made up of three types of hair (undercoat, goat
hair and outer coat) growing copiously that forms
mats or flocks. Starting at the spine the gray or
silver gray to coal colored mats go down the flanks.
They keep growing and reach the ground every year.
The dogs are not considered to be shedders. It is
also held that their hair is non-allergenic.
This is a medium-sized dog having
a well-proportioned, solidly compact and harmonious
body. Its strong and powerful build gives it great
resistance while not curbing its agility and speed
The skull of the dog and the muzzle
are of nearly equal length and are parallel to one
another. They are joined by a pronounced stop. The
skull, slightly domed between the ears and rounded
at the forehead, has a prominent occiput and a marked
median furrow. The muzzle is blunt and tapering
slightly towards the nose. The lips are of black
pigment. The eyes of the dog are brown-colored.
The darkness of the color varies
according to the color of the coat. The dog has
a large and black nose that does not extend beyond
the forepart of the muzzle. The ears of the Bergamasco
are soft and thin. The ears hang down on either
side of the face. The dog has an uncut tail that
is thick at the base and tapering to the tip.
Male: 22-24 inches
Female: 21-23 inches.
Male: Between 70 pounds and 85
Female: Between 57 pounds and 71 pounds.
Temperament of the Dog
Bergamasco dogs are friendly dogs
that bond very closely with humans. As herding dogs,
they are brave and alert, independent, balanced
and calm and intelligent. They are always eager
to work. They are easily trained. If socialized
properly at a young age they get along well with
other pets. They tend to have a protective attitude
towards children. The dogs act as vigilant guards.
They have patience, perseverance
and other special qualities that make it an excellent
working dog and a wonderful companion. The Bergamascos
however require much space for moving around freely
and exercising throughout the day.
How active is the breed?
Being working dogs, Bergamasco
dog breeds are very active and energetic by nature
and need to be given plenty of exercising opportunities
everyday. Regular long walks can act as a good exercise
for them. If a large, well-fenced large area is
made available for it then the dog can well take
care of its own exercising needs.
Suitable for apartment
The Bergamasco Dogs are energetic
creatures and need plenty of exercising. They do
not qualify as good apartment dogs because they
just do not like to be kept locked up inside the
house all day.
Since these dogs hail from cold
regions they are best suited for cooler climates.
It needs to be ensured that they never get overheated.
There should be a place secured for it away from
the sun where it can go and get itself cooled.
Bergamasco dog breeds have high
grooming requirements. Special grooming efforts
need to be made right from the time when the dog
is in a puppy stage. The coat of the puppy needs
to be kept free from tangles and debris by brushing
at least once a month.
Then after around 8 months of age
when the matting starts to occur very close to the
dog’s skin and begins pulling the skin then
manual grooming is to be resorted to.
The clumps are to be separated
into smaller groupings. Making use of the slicker
brush in order to get rid of dirt and debris on
the coat of an adult dog is recommended.
Bergamasco is a very healthy breed
of dogs. Dog breeders have not yet known about any
hereditary diseases of this breed of dogs.
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