Thinking about purchasing a Bergamasco? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Bergamasco breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Bergamasco owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Bergamasco and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Bergamasco Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Bergamasco and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Bergamasco Breed Profile
The Bergamasco originally came from Italy, and still largely resides there to this day. Bergamascos have spread out lightly since their progression northward, but still remain relatively rare outside of Italy. Almost pushed to extinction in the past, they are slightly rare within Italy as well, as the need for herding is slowly dwindling. Ancestors of the Bergamasco spread out along the Alpine chain. Named after the region in which they rose to fame, in the Bergamo area of northern Italy, this breed is a robust herding dog with flock guarding capabilities. They are working dogs with a coat recognizable in any country. Their coats are unique to only a few breeds, in that their fur actually grows into long mats that eventually turn into "cords" that are twisted and rough. Bergamascos largely resemble that of a dirty mop in that their fur is gray or black, with a light coloring of fawn and white. Its flocked coat is considered to be hair, not fur, and thus non-allergenic. Strong, sound and brave, with a distinctive layered coat, the Bergamasco is very intelligent and has good balance. A solidly compact dog with a strong, powerful build, Bergamascos may appear imposing with its thick coat, but the breed tends toward a peaceful nature.
Other Names: Bergamese Shepherd, Bergermaschi, Cane da Pastore Bergamasco
Height: Males: 24 - 25.5 inches. Females:
Color: Any grays or blacks, including
silver, coal and black. Light coloring of fawn and white also appear, although
too much white disqualifies.
Temperament: Strong, hardy, brave and
intelligent, the Bergamasco serves as a herding dog with protective tendencies
towards its family. They are devoted to their families but do not trust strangers.
They are also docile and loyal.
Watch-dog: Medium. Not instinctively
aggressive, the Bergamasco doesn't like strangers invading its world.
Bergamasco Care and Exercise: Occasional
brushing and bathing. Cords should be separated by hand and brushed lightly.
Bergamascos will exercise outdoors on their own accord, but daily walks, herding
the sheep or play with kids is an ample exercise that will force them to exercise
but will not be too harsh. They have a moderate activity level.
Activity: Medium. Bergamascos like to
work, but are not always willing to fulfill commands, as they are more apt to
please for affection than to submit.
Bergamasco Health Issues: Usually a very healthy breed. There are no known health concerns.
Life Span: 11 - 15 years
Country of Origin: Italy
First Registered by the AKC: 1997
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Monday, August 19, 2013