A sheepdog with a strong work ethic, the Bergamasco's most unique characteristic is its coat, which contains "dog hair," "goat hair" and "wool" that combine to form black or gray felt-like mats. The mats grow over the course of the dog's life, reaching the ground at approximately 6 years of age. The coat can actually smell like a sweater when it is wet. But despite its formidable appearance, the Bergamasco is really a trim, athletic sheepdog.
Did You Know?
The Bergamasco has been assigned the Herding Group designation.
The Bergamasco is also known as the Cane da Pastore Bergamasco.
The Bergamasco has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 1997.
Despite its formidable appearance, underneath that coat the Bergamasco is really a trim, athletic dog weighing 50-75 lbs, with no tendency to overeat.
Bergamascos have extremely long upper eyelashes to keep the curtain of hair that falls from their forehead out of their eyes. The curtain of hair is to protect the Bergamasco's eyes from snowblindness.
The Bergamasco traces its origins back nearly 7,000 to what is now Iran.
The Bergamasco's coat contains "dog hair" "goat hair" and "wool" which combine to form feltlike mats that grow over the course of the dog's life, reaching the ground at approximately 6 years of age. The coat can actually smell like a sweater when it is wet. Most people with allergies to dogs are not allergic to the Bergamasco coat; however, those with allergies to wool or lanolin have been known to react. Thus the Bergamasco has many similarities to the sheep it has lived to protect....
The Bergamasco has extremely acute hearing and an almost psychic awareness of its environment. With these faculties, they can be very reliable predictors of approaching visitors or violent behavior. They have even been known to warn unsuspecting people that another dog was preparing to attack.
The Bergamasco is a very sociable animal, developing independent relationships with each person in the household, and relating to them in an individualized way.
At the February 2014 Board Meeting the Bergamasco Sheepdog Club of America became the official parent club for the Bergamasco. The Bergamasco became eligible for AKC registration, December 1, 2014 and was eligible to compete in the Herding Group, effective January 1, 2015. AKC will maintain an open registry for the breed until January 1, 2020.
At the February 2010 Board Meeting - the Bergamasco Sheepdog Club of America will serve as the AKC Parent Club to represent the Bergamasco and was approved to compete in the Miscellaneous Class, effective January 1, 2011.
At the May 2007 Board Meeting the Bergamasco became eligible to compete in Companion Events effective January 1, 2008.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
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