Bergamasco Shepherd Dog


Brief History
The Bergamasco is a very ancient breed of herding dog, widespread across the Italian Alpine region. Named after the Bergamo region, which was a vast sheep breeding area, they were used to help move sheep during the change or seasons. A Bergamasco was depicted in paintings in the 16th century.

Average Life Span
When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.
The average life span is 13 to 15 years.

As with all herding dogs, temperament must never be aggressive or fearful. Early socialisation and training will ensure a well-adjusted adult, with a close relationship with his human family.

General Breed Description
The Bergamasco is a medium sized dog, of rustic appearance with abundant, ‘one of a kind coat’. They are bright, loyal, loving and trainable although with a dash of independence. Colour can be any shade of grey up to and including solid black. They are considered to be non-shedding.

Coat and Care Requirements
The Bergamasco has hair of three different textures that naturally form loose mats or “flocks”, covering the body and legs. The flocks provided protection from the fierce cold of the Italian Alps. These “flocks” do require considerable maintenance to ensure he is hygienic and comfortable.

Height: Males 60cms, Females 56cms.
Weight: Males 32 to 38kgs, Females 26 to 32kgs.

All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Bergamasco is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally.

This breed can successfully compete in agility, obedience and other dog sports, however it is a relatively rare breed in this country, and it may be difficult to find one, as puppies are only occasionally available.

In Conclusion
Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

Link to Dogs Australia Breed Standard 


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