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Bergamasco : Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds; Bergamasco Ratings: - Ease of Training: 5 /10 - Intelligence: 7 /10 - Shedding: 1 /10 - Watchdog: 8 /10 - Guard Dog: 7 /10 - Popularity: 2 /10 - Size: 6 /10 - Agility: 9 /10 - Good with Kids: 10 /10 Bergamasco Attributes: Life Expectancy: 13-15 years Litter ... Bergamasco





Bergamasco Ratings:

- Ease of Training: 5/10
- Intelligence: 7/10
- Shedding: 1/10
- Watchdog: 8/10
- Guard Dog: 7/10
- Popularity: 2/10
- Size: 6/10
- Agility: 9/10
- Good with Kids: 10/10

Bergamasco Attributes:

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years
Litter Size: Average 6-10 puppies
Group: Miscellaneous Class
Color: Solid gray or gradations of gray (including merle) up to and including solid black, provided it is not shiny or lustrous. Color also includes shadings only of isabella and fawn at the lower part of flocks ( as a result of discoloration of old hair, not as a base color), Solid white is not allowed but white markings are acceptable if they cover no more than one-fifth of the body.
Hair Length: Long
Size: Medium , Large
Shedding: Very Lite Shed
Male Height: 70-84 pounds (32-38 kg)
Male Weight: 23.5 inches (60 cm)
Female Height: 57-71 pounds (26-32 kg)
Female Weight: 22 inches (56 cm)
Living Area:
Bergamasco can easily cope with extremely cold weather condition. A Bergamasco sleeping outdoors would not be an uncommon sight as these dogs would not appreciate being cooped indoors. These dogs will not do well in an apartment building. A house with a yard will be suitable as the dog will be given the chance to roam, to romp and exercise as if it is still living and working in a farm.
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Complete information about Bergamasco Breed:

Overview :

Bergamasco, also known as the Alpine sheep dog has very ancient origin. This breed that is believed to be more than 2000 years old is one the sheepdog breeds deemed to be have descended from the shepherd dogs brought by the Phoenicians to Italy. The breed spread out northward throughout Italy into the Alpine Chain. It is believed that this long haired dog is the ancestor of the Briard in France, the central Italy’s Maremma and the present Bergamasco of Northern Italy. Bergamasco shepherd dogs are highly intelligent dogs. Their natural intuitiveness makes them an indispensable shepherd’s helper and companion. Bergamaso are considered to be excellent herding dogs as their tenacity enables them to easily round up sheep scattered in pasture land and drive them through narrow mountain paths and over difficult terrain. Although always alert, these dogs are known to be quiet when their participation is not needed by the master. These dogs are excellent companions as they can be very loyal. As close bond with the human family is established, these dogs would prefer to be always at the side of the master. They have a sweet face that conveys an imploring expression not to be left alone. A Bergamasco is always attentive. Even if it seems to be sleeping, the dog’s eyes will follow the movements of the master, always ready to go at the slightest command. Although they can be trained to accomplish a variety of tasks, these dogs are not the “fetch and go” kind. They abhor useless tasks and would conserve their energies to do more useful tasks. The dog’s tenacious attitude makes it persevere until a task is done. This strong and rustic dog can adapt to any rugged terrain and harsh weather and would thrive more in a rural setting where it can roam unleashed and free. These dogs are excellent companions for active people who prefer to have an outdoor lifestyle as Bergamascos would require a lot of open space.

Bergamasco History :

Bergamasco is an ancient breed of sheep dog that is said to have originated from Persia (Iran). The dog is also known as Cane de Pastore de Bergamasco, Alpine sheepdog, Italian Alpine sheepdog and Northern Italian sheepdog. It was believed that these dogs are the descendants of the Maremma sheepdog and the Briard. It was speculated that Bergamasco’s ancestors are the Asian herding dogs that were brought to Europe by Phoenician traders. These traders are known to have barter transactions with the nomadic shepherds and exchanged the dogs with sheep. Eventually, the dogs were brought to the Italian Alps and given the name Bergamasco. Trained to guard and guide the flock, these dogs developed into an extremely intelligent breed so much so the shepherds have kept the bloodline a secret. Before World War 11, wool production considerably decreased thus the need for sheepdogs also declined. The Bergamaco almost became extinct. It was Dr. Maria Andreoli who saved the breed from extinction. This Italian breeder used the science of genetics to develop the Bergamasco bloodline. Soon after, the Valle Imagna Kennel in Piero Rota farm situated in the Bergamo hills of Italy has started breeding Bergamasco. Other kennels were established. One of these kennels is the Valle Scrivia, the oldest kennel in Italy. Interest for the breed spread across Europe and in the early 1990 the breed was brought to United States.

Bergamasco Temperament and Character :

Bergamasco dogs are highly intelligent. This intelligence was steadily developed as the dog have to deal with varied problems and difficulties that could arise while tending the hundreds of sheep scattered on the slope of the alpine ranges. Bargamasco is a peaceful breed. These dogs show respect for each other and are not known to irritate or provoke other dogs. These dogs make suitable guard dogs as they can be very reserve with strangers. Although always alert, they would not show aggressiveness unless there is a serious threat to the human family. Owning a Bergamasco dog is comparable to having a nanny for the kids as these dogs would be attentive and tolerant around children. This dog is often utilized as therapy dogs for handicapped and disabled kids. Bergamasco would usually tolerate smaller pets like cats especially if they are brought up together. Other dog breeds will also be tolerated as long as they don’t pose a threat. These dogs are used to seasonal climates. Because of the exceptionally thick and long coat that gives these dogs protection, they can easily cope with extremely cold weather condition. A Bergamasco sleeping outdoors would not be an uncommon sight as these dogs would not appreciate being cooped indoors. These dogs will not do well in an apartment building. A house with a yard will be suitable as the dog will be given the chance to roam, to romp and exercise as if it is still living and working in a farm.

Bergamasco Health Care :

There is almost no known health problems.

Bergamasco Grooming :

Although the Bergamasco is noted for its exceptionally dense coat, it requires very little grooming. The flocks would form naturally but in some specimens, the coat would form into a uniform and consistent flocked fleece in which case the hair must be separated and formed into smaller mats by hand. The dog does not shed therefore minimal brushing is required. Dogs that live indoors can be bathed more frequently but those that are allowed to live outdoors should be bathed 1 to 3 times a year. This is to ensure that the oil that waterproofs the hair is not removed. Shampoo should be used sparingly so as not to dry the coat. It is preferable to bathe the dog in the morning to give ample time for the hair to dry. The flocks would not need any brushing but the hair on the head can be brushed. Take care not to brush the hair while it is still wet. The coat should not be trimmed but it would be acceptable to trim the hair in the genital area especially when it gets too long.

Bergamasco Training :

Bergamascos will respond well to consistent and firm training while harsh training is strongly discouraged. These dogs are not overly submissive but they will obey as a means to show affection.

Bergamasco Activity and Exercise :

This breed has a moderate activity level and will often exercise on their own outdoors. In addition, daily walks, the chance to herd sheep or play with kids will provide suitable exercise for the Bergamascos. Exercise should not be too harsh.

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