Bergamasco Photo Gallery – Pictures of Bergamascos!

The Bergamasco is an extremely unique looking medium sized (70-85 lb) breed of dog that originated in the Italian Alps thousands of years ago.  The breed is also known as the Bergamasco Sheepdog.  This stocky dog is actually quite athletic, though the breeds “dreadlocks” sometimes cause people to think otherwise.

Photo by ★Tom [luckytom]

The Bergamasco puppy in the photo above hasn’t started to become felted (or matted.  This trait is normal and completely healthy for this breed.  The coat of a Bergamasco is contains 3 types of hair that naturally form flocks or mats.   These will grow until they reach ground length.  This process usually begins when a dog is approximately 1 year old.  At that point the owner must help the mats form neatly to insure they stay separated.  The coat must be checked every few days until the pup is about a year and a half.  At that point the mats need very little maintenance.

Photo by Adotta un amico

A Bergamasco’s mats actually protect the dog from water as well as cold.  The dog in the picture above could tolerate extended times in the water even if it was chilly, as the mats keep him insulated and warm.  They severed to protect the dog against bites from predators they would have encountered while guarding a flock in the mountains.

Photo by DutchHighlander

Once a Bergamasco is completely flocked, they loose very little hair and are considered to be a low to no shedding dog (however they may shed a bit during the puppy phase).  They will only need to be bathed a few times a year.  Drying can take an extended amount of time due to the density of the mats.

Photo by Aircooled Army

Bergamascos generally get along well with other dogs as long as they aren’t overly dominant.  They will generally do fine with cats too, if they are properly introduced.

Photo by Lyrumoi

Bergamascos are independent thinkers who use their intellect to make decisions based on the circumstances that face them.  They form independent relationships with each individual within a household and will react accordingly based on each person’s personality. This breed is known to be gentle and an excellent choice for homes with children.   The only exception to this placid nature comes if an intruder invades their territory.

Photo by Stefan Hartwig

Bergamascos are extremely active and need long daily walks as well as lots of mental and physical stimulation.  They are a working breed and need to be kept busy and challenged.

Photo by Volkher

Bergamascos come in a variety of colors including all shades of grey, black and silver.  You can see 2 examples of these colors in the picture above.

Photo by merdeath

This photograph is a great example of a fully matted Bergamasco.

Photo by Lyrumoi

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