Bergamasco Sheepdog

Description

Matting is not usually considered a positive feature of a dogтАЩs coat. In the case of the Bergamasco Sheepdog, it is its pride and glory. Undoubtedly the most distinctive feature of the breed, its coat is full of heavy matting that almost looks unmanageable. The fur is long and thinner at the face and just about obscures its dark brown eyes. The facial features are large and broad. Lightweight and hanging loosely, the ears seem to blend with the soft thin fur at the crown of the head. In appearance the dog seems to have a large body. The bulk of its weight and size is its heavy coat. It actually has a medium-size body that is only somewhat longer in length. The frame is muscular and strong. Its tail is bushy closer to the hindquarters and thinner in fur at the end. It varies from a relaxed position to a level and slightly curled upward position, depending on the dog’s behavior.

Temperament

If there is one word to describe the personality of the Bergamasco Sheepdog it would be adaptable. This breed has the unique ability to adapt to the various personalities in its family. Much of its adaptability is attributed to its wide spectrum of behaviors. It can exhibit playful and patient behavior with children and a serious attitude with an owner during training. The breed is mostly outgoing, but can act reserved around people it doesnтАЩt know. It is necessary to familiarize it with any regular guests to the home to bypass its reserved nature with strangers. The Bergamasco Sheepdog is not a violent dog and will typically not go as far as attacking an intruder. However, its protective nature that extends from its herding ancestry will cause it to guard its ownerтАЩs home diligently.

Height and Weight

Male height: 21-25 inchesMale weight: 55-85 poundsFemale height: 22-23Female weight: 51-71 pounds

Health Problems

Not only is the Bergamasco Sheepdog not associated with any genetic disorders, but it is also not very susceptible to developing illnesses.

Ideal Living Conditions

Outdoor living is most suitable for the Bergamasco Sheepdog. Either a large yard or open space will provide the breed with sufficient room for running. Proper climate is also important to keeping the breed comfortable. It will do fine in extreme cold temperatures.

Exercise

As much as two hours of physical activity each day is required for the Bergamasco Sheepdog. If left in a spacious environment to its own devices, the breed will obtain the exercise it needs. It has a medium amount of energy and only requires lengthy walks or jogs.

Life Expectancy

An average life expectancy of 11-13 years.

Litter Size

An average of 6-10 puppies.

Grooming

The unique coat of the Bergamasco Sheepdog is virtually maintenance free. The coat consists of flocks that only need to be hand-separated as needed. Its coat can easily gather debris and requires regular washing. The coat should be allowed to dry naturally after washing.

Origin

The Bergamasco is believed to have originated from sheepdogs of ancient Persia.

Group

Herding

Color

Gray is the primary color of the Bergamasco Sheepdog. The gray coloring may vary in intensity. Pure white patches of very small amounts is acceptable.