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 Dogs (Herding Dogs)|
Other Names |
What other names does the Bergamasco have? The dog breed also known as...
|Bergamasco Shepherd Dog, Bergamasco, Cane da pastore Bergamasco, Bergermaschi|
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
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.|
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? Bergamasco price:
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.
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Bergamasco size:
How much does the Bergamasco weigh? Bergamasco weight:
|Male: 70-84 pounds (32-38 kg), Female: 57-71 pounds (26-32 kg)|
Avg. Weight |
What is the average weight of the Bergamasco? Bergamasco average weight:
|Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 61 pounds (29 kg)|
How tall is the Bergamasco? Bergamasco height:
|22-24 inches (54-62 cm)|
Avg. Height |
What is the average height of this fido? Bergamasco average height:
|23 inches (58 cm)|
Coat / Hair Types |
What type of coat does the Bergamasco have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Bergamasco's coat?
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 Bergamasco Shepherd Dog? Bergamasco shedding level:
Bergamascos shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Bergamasco dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
What kind of personality does the Bergamasco have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
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 for 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.
Are Bergamasco dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
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.
How playful is this breed?
Bergamascos, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as 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, noisy or office environment and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level |
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Bergamascos are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs |
How much social interaction does the Bergamasco Shepherd Dog 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.
Do Bergamasco dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Bergamasco 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 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 Bergamasco Shepherd Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Bergamasco? Why do dog bites happen?
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.)
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?
Nem a legjobb választás Bergamasco, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Bergamasco tartása lakásban.
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.
Fighting Dog |
Where Bergamasco dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
|Not really |
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Bergamasco temperament with other people:
Bergamascos are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
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.
Office Friendly |
Are Bergamascos good office dogs? Do Bergamascos make good office friendly dogs? Can Bergamascos be office dogs?
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 Bergamasco Shepherd Dog temperament with senior people? Are Bergamasco dogs good for elderly owners?
Bergamascos are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
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.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is Bergamasco breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Bergamascos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
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 |
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 |
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Bergamasco is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat 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.
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.
Health Issues |
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Bergamasco dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Bergamascos tend to have more and 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|
Life Expectancy |
How long do Bergamasco dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Bergamasco be?
Is the Bergamasco breed hypoallergenic?
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 to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. 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 & Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & 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.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
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.
Gestation Length |
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
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.
|How often can the Bergamasco have a litter?||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?
Bergamasco Pros & Cons
- 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.
- Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
- Trainability: Bergamascos aren't famous for their trainability.
- Health Issues: Bergamascos tend to have more and 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.