Bergamasco Dog Breed Profile
by Luke Blaise
Breeds Not AKC Approved
The Bergamasco Sheepdog is an old breed that is no less than 2,000 years of age. The family history of Bergamasco disseminate across the Alpine mountains. It is a medium-sized dog with long hair that forms mats, giving it an unkept appearance.
The Bergamasco dog has historic roots. Actually it comes down from a stock of cattle dogs and shepherds that scattered from the Orient to the European world after migrations of nomad communities and their flocks. The trade of the dogs occurred where the sheep were marketed.
The breed's most unique feature is the uncommon felted coat, a healthy and normal feature of the dog. The coat is seen as 3 kinds of hair; they are ample, and flocks or mats. The mats begin at the spine and drop down, growing each year to reach the floor.
The coat's color could be anything from a look of silver gray or gray to an assortment of black to coal, with brown tones also intermixed. These colors could have served like a camouflage when doing work out in the wild. The height of a male 23 inches and female 22 inches. The weight of a male is 70-85 pounds, and the female is about 60-70 pounds.
Brave, sound and strong, the Bergamasco dog is certainly very balanced and intelligent. This breed had to be intelligent in order to heard a large amount of sheep in a mountainous region.
Common Health Problems
Health information on this dog is hard to find. A 2004 UK Kennel Club study had too few dogs to draw any conclusions from.
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