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Bergamasco Information

Name Bergamasco
Other Name Bergamasco Shepherd Dog, Bergermaschi, Cane da Pastore
Origin Italy
Build Type Medium
Life Cycle 12-14 years
Group Herding
Character Determined, Alert, Intelligent, Vigilant, Fearless
Height Male:23-24 inches
Female:21-23 inches
Weight Male:70-85 pounds
Female: 60-70 pound
Color Black, Brown, Fawn, Grey, Merle, Black & Brown, Silver-grey
Average price 1200 US$


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Hypoallergenic Yes



A strong work ethic dog, the Bergamasco is a big fluffy breed with distinguishing characteristics of its coat. The hairs seem to be “dog hairs", “goat hairs", while wool can also be noticed. These hairs combine to form black or gray mats which grow throughout the dog’s life to reach the ground at the age of 6 years. Its wet coat smells like sweater. Apart from its impressive appearance, the Bergamasco is actually a trim, athletic and working sheepdog. This breed is highly intelligent, sociable, joyous and independent with strong desire to please the owner. Usually they hold equal possession for being a valued member as other human members of the family. They shed minimal, require less grooming efforts but demanding in exercise requirements. They are easy to train, excellent with children of all ages, sociable with other dogs and cats while curious to strangers. They prove perfect watchdogs.

The Bergamasco is a well proportioned medium-sized dog breed. A harmonious, calm and confident breed with rustic appearance, the Bergamasco is a solidly compact, smart, strong, powerful, well muscled yet flexible, agile, speedy and high endurance dog. One of its distinguished and well praised characters is its thick and long coat which off course is resistive and protective from weather and other environmental severity. The curtain-like hairs covering the eyes serves as a visor protecting the dog from dazzling sun reflections of snowy mountains. The color of the coat may vary from gray to silver which again serves in camouflage and avoid detection of the dog over mountainous regions. They hold hereditary pattern and follow even in modern days. They are strong followers of ancestors.

This sheepdog is an ancient breed of approximately 2000 years old. The ancestors of this breed were spread out along the Alpine chain. Another line of these dogs was described in the Vallese region. From both sources one thing was common that was the long coat, thick and shabby. The breed was strong, sound and daring besides intelligent and holds good equilibrium of temperament. This breed moved with shepherds in search of new pastures and a wide majority settled in Italian Alps. This breed got the name “Bergamasco" from here. Alike other dog breeds, this breed too, was badly affected by World War II and was near to extinction when Dr. Maria Andreoli, an Italian breeder, helped the dog to survive. This breed was exclusively selected for guarding livestock due to its working aptitude, the local shepherds kept the secret of their bloodlines for a long time.


The Bergamasco is an intelligent, brave, balanced and sound-temperament dog. Able to stay with hundred of sheep and look after them for any unexpected threat, they hold strong guardian instinct. This nature of job demands highly intelligent and independent trait that can make decision at the spot when owner is not in vicinity. Their quotient of intelligence builds up gradually with real time situations and experiences, thus an old dog would be more intelligent than a young one. They are peaceful dogs, they love to share play, eager to contribute in house routines yet watchful observing their surrounding all the time, attentive and alert for the safety of flock, family and property, they are curious to unknown peoples and would bark to notify their presence. Although not aggressive yet strong protective, they do not like strangers invading in their territory.

They are remarkable with children of all ages, they hold most profound and primitive instincts of sharing and caring kids with great tolerance, they seek for their company, share their play and establish strong friendship besides highly affectionate and caring to safeguard them from any situations. These dogs have been used as therapy dogs for handicapped children. Well cooperative to other dogs and afford them until challenged or any threat to family is felt. Cats can also be placed with them but should be raised together.

The Bergamasco dog is not for all but for right and experienced owner. They need a strong leader yet calm and confident, able to enforce natural order of the pack. They may found slightly tough in training, they tend to stubborn, ignorant to owner’s commands whenever the dog has decided its own solution to any situation. Be patience, consistent and committed during early age of training, encourage them with positive reinforcement and reward on their achievements. Keep them well exercised for their physical and mental stimulation.

Owner Should Know

  1. The Bergamasco do best in cold climates because of their dense and long coat.
  2. They are not suggested for apartment life, they should be kept in a house sharing an opening to fenced yard.
  3. Keep them well exercised to stay calm, peaceful and tranquil in the house. If not applied for herding, they must be accompanied on long walks or romp with kids and play vigorously with them. Remember an unsatisfied dog would be too rambunctious; it will try to burn energy in destructive activities.
  4. Its long coat builds up steadily, once fully flocked, they require minimal grooming efforts. They would need occasional brushing and seldom baths.
  5. Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.

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