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Description: 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.
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.
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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