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Bergamasco

An ancient shepherding breed, the Bergamasco, worked closely with his master in a one-to-one relationship in order to protect the flock in isolated, remote mountain pastures. By necessity the Bergamasco needed to take its lead from the shepherd, but often work independently, making decisions, identifying and solving problems in order to achieve the desired result. 

As a result the Bergamasco developed into a highly intelligent, self-suffieceint breed which combines a deep desire to please with an ability to think for himself. A partner of equal standing rather than a subordinate.

The Bergamasco's coat has three types of hair, a dense oily waterproofing undercoat, a rough strong 'goat hair' protective layer and a wooly top coat which masses together into felt-like 'maps'.

Friendly, affectionate and spontaneously obedient, the Bergamasco will never blindly execute orders. It is impossible to make a robot out of it. Repetitive training methods which work well with other breeds will not get you very far with the Bergamasco. It always needs to understand "why" it has to do something. 

A Bergamasco needs to be treated as the intelligent being which it is: only if you can make it understand "rationally" what you want of it, will it comply with pleasure but, in its own way, otherwise, it will simply walk off, bored, disillusioned and, maybe, even offended.

 

Bergamasco Size: Large
Height: Dogs: 58-62cm; Bitches 54-58cm
Coat: Long
Grooming: Daily
Exercise: Up to 1 hour daily
Ideal Home: Large countryside dwelling
Colours: Fawn • Black • Grey • Isabella