General Information

Dog Name Bergamasco Sheepdog
Other NamesCane da pastore Begamasco
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeHerding
Country of OriginItaly

Physical And Size

Min Life Span13
Max Life Span15
Min Ideal Weight for male31
Max Ideal Weight for male32
Min Ideal Weight for female25
Max Ideal Weight for male32


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentIndependent, Sociable, Patient
Prey DriveNo
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyLow
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyMedium
Apartment FriendlyMedium
Senior Citizens FriendlyMedium
Service DogMedium
Search and Rescue DogMedium
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginItaly
Nicknames and Other NamesBergamasco Shepherd Dog
Cane da pastore Begamasco
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeHerding
Bred ForHerding livestock
Life Span13-15 years
Ideal WeightMale: 70-84 pounds
Female: 57-71 pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 23.5 inches
Female: 22 inches
Fur TypeThree typer: undercoat,
goat hair, outer coat
Common ColorsBlack
MarkingsBlack Patches
AvailabilityModerately available
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToKomondor

The Bergamasco Sheepdog is an ancient shepherd breed, which has remained unchanged for centuries, they are overprotective and alert which makes them excellent watchdogs.

These fluffy herding dogs are muscular and heavy-boned and featured with a large head and a thick tail that hangs down. Their entire body is covered with an abundant coat that form mats.


Bergamasco Shepherd is a breed of dog whose origin was in the Italian Alps near Bergamo, where they were originally used as a herding dog.

It is believed that the first Bergamasco dogs was originated from Asia. And later they were brought across by migrating Asians looking for fresh pastures.

They were bred for herding and guarding sheep on high mountains. And this job perfectly suited them due to their dense, woolly and weather-resistant coat.

But after World war I & II, the demand for them started to decrease, Tourism sprung up and demand wool also decreased, and demand for wool decreases means demand for Bergamasco decrease.

They almost went to extinct, but thanks to Italian breeder named Dr Maria Andreoli who took it upon herself to save the breed during the 1960s.

Are they Child-Friendly?

These weird-looking Bergamasco Sheepdogs are known to be child-friendly, they love playing with children and especially if they are raised together.

Their natural herding and protective nature naturally come, when they are around children. Dogs of this breed are also considered as therapy dogs for disabled children.

Behavior, Temperament and Personality

The Bergamasco Sheepdog breed is very strong-willed, brave and intelligent. Just as many other large dogs, it is a very peaceful breed.

They are peaceful, patient, tolerant and great with kids, and they are also very good and protective watchdogs and guards. But not aggressive guards, unless there is a real danger.

Bergamoscos are very old breeds
Bergamoscos Dogs
Image Via Pinterest

Although they aren’t aggressive, at times they can be little suspicious and disrespectful to strangers. So early socialization is a must. The Bergamasco gets well with other dogs pets in homes, even better if they are raised together while young.

Due to their heavy size, Bergamoscos are not suitable for apartment living. They require a large yard to exercise in.


Like other herding dogs, Bergamascos Sheepdogs are also intelligent, which makes them easy to train. Using positive reward can help you more. Socialization at an early age is a must to avoid future problems.

To grab their attention, you need to be firm and kind and create a boss in you. They should be able to receive all the required exercise from running to walking to keep them healthy and active.


Interesting Facts About Bergamasco Sheepdogs:

  • The breed’s original name is “Pastore de Bergamasco”
  • Bergamascos are never called Bergies or Bergs
  • Their coats develop into flat flocks naturally and are never twisted cords
  • It can take 8 hours for a Bergamasco’s coat to dry once wet

Common Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesBloat, Hip and Elbow Dysplasia,
Ectropion, Skin Allergies, Obesity
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis,
Canine Parainfluenza, Kennel Cough,
Canine Coronavirus
SheddingNone and Minimal
DroolingAverage drooler
GroomingEasy and Average
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
AllergiesSkin Allergies
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 25%-30%
Fat: 5%

Bergamascos are old breed and hasn’t changed for centuries, therefore they are very healthy and doesn’t tend to have any serious disorders and diseases. But there are some minor health issues which appear in them, such as:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Skin Allergies

Color Patterns

Bergamoscos are found in different colors such as:

  • Black
  • Grey
  • Fawn
  • silver-Grey
  • Black-Brown
  • Light Fawn


If you are willing to have a Bergamoscos pup as your new family member, then it is essential to keep your home and garden puppy-proofed well in advance before their arrival.

Bergamoscos pups have the habit to chew everything
Bergamscos Pup
Image Via Bergamasco Sheepdog Club of America

Puppy-Proofing your home and garden means putting away tools and other implements that a boisterous puppy might injure themselves on. Electric wires and cables need to be put away out of their reach because puppies love chewing on things and toxic plants should be removed from flowerbeds and the home too.

Dogs similar to Bergamoscos

Dogs similar to Bergamascos are:

A lot of people believe that Bergamascos are typical outdoor dogs that are alone all day long, but that is not true at all. Bergamascos love their people, they are loyal and loving to them and they want to live with them! Of course, they do like outdoors, but if his family is inside the home, he prefers to be inside with them.

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