The Bergamasco It is a breed of dog originating in the Italian Alps, used as a herding dog. Its appearance recalls to the of the Komondor (Hungarian dog).
This breed comes from contact with dogs of nomadic shepherds and their flocks that came from East to West. The ancestors of the Bergamasco Shepherd in the area of the Alps are an ideal zone to deploy its features.
From 1300 determines the use of these dogs pastoring typical sheep flocks of Bergamo. In the four centuries that followed, the Bergamasco Shepherd, It has increased with the expansion of the sheepmeat. After 1700, However, After a gradual reduction of the pastoral activity, This race began to decrease its population, to almost extinction during the two world wars.
In 1890 the race continues calling “mountain dog” and, in 1949 the lovers of the Bergamasco Shepherd company is founded. A few years later, Finally formalized the name: Bergamasco Shepherd.
The tail is thick and strong at the base, Tuning towards the tip. Is covered with hard hair slightly wavy. Allowed colors are all shades of black (not bright), even with grey spots. The colour shall be determined from the root of the hair, because the part of Tufts often form different tones.
The coat is very abundant, long, wavy, rough texture (goat) at the front of the trunk, of wool (sheep) the other half, less hard in the head.
The eyes are large, more or less dark, with eyelids slightly oval. The ears are upright, but they are falling in the last two-thirds. The length of the muzzle is equal to the skull. As a whole is large, cuboid-shaped. The skull is wide and slightly convex between the ears. Feet are oval-shaped, with toes well arched and closed.
Did You Know?
The coat of the Bergamasco is mat to protect it from bad weather and predators that might have to chase in defense of his flock.
Character and skills
He has a temper, obedient and responsive, is a very versatile dog, their ability to learn and to decide, along with the inborn patience, make it a dog suitable for various uses. The family is identified as his flock, and to be a sheep dog, likes to keep everyone together. It will always be aware of the Group.
It is a great companion, for adults and children, to those who consider their puppies (the weak family part), and you care them with much more attention. It is very Protector, but nothing possessive. It is never aggressive despite the fact that it is a good guardian of the House, effective to deter, but not to be dangerous.
As a recommendation, It is important to care for their fur because they are many knots, and so it is good to styling it with the hands to untangle. We recommend bathing but let it dry in the Sun. It has one of the robes that needs less maintenance, to weights of appearances.
– Bergamasco Shepherd Dog / Bergermaschi / Cane da pastore Bergamasco / Pastor de Bergamasco
Type and recognitions:
Group 1 ⓘ / Section 1 ⓘ
FCI ⓘ, AKC ⓘ, ANKC ⓘ, CKC ⓘ, KC ⓘ, NZKC ⓘ, UKC ⓘ
FCI nomenclature of the Bergamasco breed – Bergamasco Shepherd