Bergamasco Shepherd

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Bergamasco Shepherd History

The Bergamasco is a sheepdog that originated in the Lombardy region of Italy. The Bergamasco is a rustic, mountain-dwelling herding and flock guarding dog. The Bergamasco has been recognized by the Kennel Club since 1920. The Bergamasco is among the 22 native Italian breeds and is one of four cattle and sheep protector dogs. The gene pool is relatively small and, therefore, prone to inbreeding.

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Bergamasco Shepherd Physical Characteristics

The Bergamasco Shepherd is a tall, large-sized breed of shepherd that typically stands between 28 and 30.5 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 120 and 150 pounds. They have a massive, muscular body with a broad chest and a heavy, long, straight or wavy coat that is red, gray, or fawn. They have a plumed tail that hangs down over their back. The Bergamasco Shepherd has a heavy, broad head with very large, dark eyes set closely together. They are a courageous, intelligent, and protective breed.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 23 – 24 inches

Female Height Range: 21 – 23 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 70 – 84 lbs

Female Weight Range: 57 – 71 lbs

Bergamasco Shepherd Health

Description of breed health.


13-15 yrs

Bergamasco Shepherd Health Concerns

Usually A Very Healthy Breed, Hip And Elbow Dysplasia

Bergamasco Shepherd Temperament and Behaviour

The Bergamasco Shepherd is calm, gentle, and sociable. They are sensitive, and prefer to be around people they know. They are smart dogs that respond well to training and are eager to please. Their working heritage makes them easily trainable for activities like agility, herding, and search and rescue.

Bergamasco Shepherd Activity Requirements

The Bergamasco Shepherd is a medium to large-sized herding dog that is believed to have roots in the ancient Roman empire. They are strong, agile, and alert, making them excellent herders. While they are not known for being overly energetic, the Bergamasco Shepherd does need regular exercise. They are best suited to life on a farm where they can run around and work. A daily walk or jog will also keep their muscles toned and their mind occupied. If you are looking for a large, active dog, the Bergamasco Shepherd may not be the best choice for you. They need lots of space to move and they need to be kept busy. While they are suitable for owners who are interested in showing their dogs, they are less suitable for owners who want a laid-back, low-maintenance pet.

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Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Bergamasco Shepherd is part of the Herding group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Bergamasco Shepherd is part of the Pastoral group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Bergamasco Shepherd is part of the Working group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Bergamasco Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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