Bergamasco Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Bergamasco so you can get to know the breed more.

Group Pastoral / Herding Dogs
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OriginItaly flagItaly
Other Names
What other names does the Bergamasco have?
BergermaschiCane da pastore BergamascoBergamasco Shepherd Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Bergamasco Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Bergamasco puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$1000-$1300
If you choose to purchase the Bergamasco, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Bergamasco for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Bergamasco gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Bergamasco?
Frequent: The Bergamasco is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Bergamasco Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Large
Weight
How much does the Bergamasco weigh? Bergamasco weight:
Male: 70-84 pounds (32-38 kg), Female: 57-71 pounds (26-32 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Bergamasco? Bergamasco average weight:
Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 61 pounds (29 kg)
Height
How tall is the Bergamasco? Bergamasco height:
22-24 inches (54-62 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Bergamasco average height:
23 inches (58 cm)

Bergamasco Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Bergamasco have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
FineDense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Bergamasco's coat?
Grey
Grooming
How to groom the Bergamasco and how often?
Easy to groom: The Bergamasco doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Bergamasco is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Bergamasco dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Bergermaschi?
Bergamascos shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Bergamasco dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Bergamasco need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Bergamasco every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Bergamasco Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Bergamasco have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
DeterminedPatientQuietVigilant
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Bergamasco? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Bergamasco obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Bergamasco dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
A slightly harder to train than average. Bergamascos aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Bergamascos, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Bergamasco sensitivity:
Bergamascos are less sensitive than other dog breeds. They aren't receptive to their owner's emotions and handle soft punishment quite well. They don't mind an always changing daily routine, a hectic household, young children, a noisy or office environment, and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average to High: Bergamascos are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Bergermaschi need? Bergamasco social needs:
Bergamascos are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Bergamasco dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Bergermaschi bark?
Low to Average: The Bergamasco rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Bergamasco good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Bergamascos are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Bergamascos will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Bergamasco dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Bergamascos strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Bergamasco bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Bergermaschi? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Bergamasco? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Bergamasco has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Bergamasco has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Bergamasco bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Bergamasco, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Bergamasco do?
Bergamascos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Bergamascos need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Bergamasco to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Bergamasco roam?
Bergamascos tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Bergamasco have high prey drive?
Bergamascos have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Bergamasco good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Bergamasco indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Bergamascos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Bergamascos do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Bergamasco Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Bergamasco temperament with other people:
Bergamascos are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Bergamasco dogs get along with other pets? Are Bergamasco dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Bergamascos are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Bergamasco dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Bergamasco temperament with children:
Bergamascos are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Bergamasco dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Bergamascos are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Bergamasco good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Bergamasco dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Bergamascos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Bergamasco breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Bergamascos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Bergamascos good office dogs? Do Bergamascos make good office friendly dogs? Can Bergamascos be office dogs?
No
Bergamasco is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Bergamasco dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Bergermaschi temperament with senior people? Are Bergamasco dogs good for elderly owners?
Bergamascos are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Bergamasco Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Bergamasco dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Bergamascos tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Bergamasco breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Bergamasco breed? Most common health risks of Bergamasco:
BloatJoint DysplasiaSkin Allergies
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Bergamasco breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Bergamasco see the vet?
Frequent
The Bergamasco should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Bergamasco dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Bergamasco be? What is the age limit of the Bergamasco? How many years can the oldest Bergamasco live?
13-15 years
The average lifespan of Bergamasco: 14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Bergamasco breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Bergamascos do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Bergamasco have? What is the activity level of the Bergamasco?
Bergamascos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Bergamasco dogs require per day?
Bergamascos need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Bergamascos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Bergamasco need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Bergamasco risk for obesity:
Average: The Bergamasco has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Bergamasco's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Bergamasco can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Bergamasco has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Bergamasco drool?
The Bergamasco is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Bergamasco As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Bergamasco be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Bergamasco is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Bergamasco be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Bergamasco be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Bergamasco is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Bergamasco be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Bergamasco is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Bergamasco be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Bergamasco is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Bergamasco be a boat dog?

Not really

Bergamasco breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Bergamasco be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Bergamasco is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Bergamasco dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Bergamasco Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Bergamasco: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Bergamasco have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-10 puppies

Bergamasco Recognition

AKC Group
Is Bergamasco recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Is Bergamasco recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Bergamasco breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.United Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.

Bergamasco Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Hypoallergenic: Bergamascos do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Bergamasco doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Bergamascos shed none to minimal.
  • Watchdog Ability: Bergamascos are good watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Bergamascos tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Bergamascos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Bergamascos are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Bergamascos are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Trainability: A slightly harder to train than average.
  • Health Issues: Bergamascos tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Bergamascos do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Bergamasco is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Bergamascos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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