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Bergamasco Breed Summary

Protective, Energetic, Weary, Intelligent and Independent

These doggies were developed in North Italy, bred to herd and guard livestock in harsh environments and terrain. They are a very unique looking doggy with distinctive coats that form loose mats and cords.

They aren't the best breed for first time owners due to their powerful ways and better suit owners who have experience and knowledge of handling similar breeds. They are also very confident, though quite cautious by nature. These dogs also need plenty of access to outdoor space as they love to be outside!

Fun Fact: They are over 2,000 years old!

Kennel Club Group Pastoral
Lifespan 13 - 15 years
Height (at the withers) Males 60 cm, Females 56 cm at thewithers
Weight Males 32 - 38 kg, Females 26 - 32 kg
Coat The Coat is Very Long wit Mats that Fall Loosely from the Topline Down Their Flanks. They are Hard in Texture on the Forequarters but Softer one the Legs and Head. The Undercoat is Much Shorter and Denser
Colour Solid grey, All shades of grey right through to black, Black, Isabella, Fawn
Eye colour Brown
Other Names Bergamasco Shepherd Dog, Cane da pastore Bergamasco

Bergamasco's are naturally protective by nature and weary of strangers. Along with an incredible hearing, it means they make fantastic watch dogs! However, this does mean that guests to their home may be ‘un-welcome’, so they will need plenty of socialisation and training as pups to try and avoid these behaviours becoming overly intense. Their independent natures also mean they aren’t highly keen on listening on what you have to say and may decide when and how they respond – another need for lots of training as a pup! However, for the right family, they will make fantastic family pets.

These guys were developed in Italy and are now highly prized for their excellent guarding and herding capabilities. It’s thought that they had strong relationships with the shepherds and worked closely together through a variety of challenging climate and terrains. The dense coat that surrounds their bodies allows them to be protected from the more severe elements of their environments as well as protection from predators, such as Bears and Wolves. Although we don’t know exactly when the breed first came about, they can be traced back over seven thousand years to Iran! Bergamasco's are also extremely independent and are able to think for themselves, a necessary skill in the field of flocking sheep!