Get to know the Bergamasco Shepherd
All you need to know about the breed
The loyal and warmhearted Bergamasco Shepherd holds a special place among breeds. With a can’t-miss coat and a determined and steadfast nature, this is a dog that will continue to surprise novice and seasoned owners alike.
First, that striking outer layer. Their coat is called “flocked” and is composed of three types of hair that intertwine to form loose mats that fall by the dog’s side. At first glance, one might think it a huge amount of work but the coat is surprisingly low-maintenance (yes, you read that right). Once their hair has grown in by age one, it’s practically wash-and-wear, but more on that later.
The protective but accommodating nature of the Bergamasco Shepherd has made them an excellent therapy dog, and they excel at search and rescue because of their bright outlook and powerful physicality. The latter trait has given the Bergamasco Shepherd the gift of hugely robust health. This is one strapping canine who should lead a very healthy life.
The breed also epitomises faithfulness and determination. The Bergamasco Shepherd was raised in the Italian Alps to be a guardian, particularly of sheep, so their protective instincts are well-embedded. They’ll gladly play that out where family is concerned, and are most content when by someone’s side - they in fact almost need to be so. And guarding children, once they are familiar with these mini-humans in their midst, is the Bergamasco Shepherd’s top priority.
2 facts about Bergamasco Shepherds
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Bergamasco Shepherd