Bergamasco

Published: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 9in - 2ft 0in
Weight: 56-84lbs
Lifespan: 13 - 15 Years

Behavior

  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly2/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount1/5

Care

  • Grooming Difficulty1/5
  • Shedding Amount1/5
  • Easy to Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need2/5

Environment

  • Cold Tolerance5/5
  • Heat Tolerance2/5
  • Apartment-Friendly1/5

Bergamasco Information

BergamascoFirst, let’s talk about the hair. The Bergamasco sports quite a cool coat that creates felt-like mats in black or gray. Around age 6 is the time the mats usually reach the ground. You’d think the Bergamasco’s mane would be difficult to maintain, but it’s actually not all that hard according to dog enthusiasts. Underneath the hair is an athletic, strong build which is surprisingly sleek and agile.

Independent and intelligent, the Bergamasco was originally used as a herding dog in the Italian Alps. It is a sociable breed with a zest for life. The Bergamasco is a rare dog, so consider yourself lucky to have one of these pups!

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Breed FAQs

Can Bergamascos be apartment dogs?

Bergamascos don't do very well in apartments. It's recommended to look at another breed better suited to apartment-living.

Can Bergamascos be left alone?

While Bergamascos prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Bergamascos good with kids?

Bergamascos can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Bergamascos friendly with strangers?

Bergamascos tend to be uncomfortable with strangers. They will require extra training effort to socialize them with those outside their family.

Do Bergamascos get along with other dogs?

Although Bergamascos will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Bergamascos bark a lot?

Bergamascos don't bark very often of may never bark. Most barking is trained or in extreme situations.

Do Bergamascos shed a lot?

The Bergamasco rarely, or never, sheds. They're excellent for someone who doesn't want to clean up much dog hair.

Do Bergamascos need a lot of grooming?

With a Bergamasco you won't need to dedicate any extra time to special grooming. Their coats are easy to deal with.

Do Bergamascos need a lot of exercise?

Bergamascos don't need a ton of exercise. You'll just need to provide some basic activity to keep them healthy.

Are Bergamascos easy to train?

Although Bergamascos can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can Bergamascos handle cold weather?

If you live in a cold climate, Bergamascos will do extremely well and may even enjoy being outside in the chilly weather.

Can Bergamascos handle hot weather?

Be careful with Bergamascos in the heat. They don't do well in hot climates for long periods.

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