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are so many different breeds of dogs that every breed is unique. You will find
dogs without any hair, dogs with lion’s mane, dogs with long ears, and so on.
One such unique breed of dog is the Bergamasco Shepherd, also called
Bergamaschi, Bergamese Shepherd, Cane da Pastore Bergamasco, and Bergamo
about Bergamasco Shepherd
Bergamasco breed have brown eyes with black, grey, or silver coat. Their coat
is highly dense and corded. As they do not shed, they are also ideal for those
who are allergic to dog hair. Some facts about Bergamasco Shepherd include
The Bergamasco Shepherd breed originated in Persia, now known as Iran. Their
origin is estimated to be more than 2000 years ago and were bred for their
name Bergamasco comes from the region of Bergamo in Italian Alps, where the
nomadic shepherds from Persia decided to settle down.
unique dog with a heart of gold! The Bergamasco breed is known for its
independent spirit and gentleness. These dogs have a unique relationship with
their owners. The breed makes a wonderful companion as they are loving and
are shockingly intelligent. These dogs have excellent herding skills and were
bred as guard dogs to protect the sheep while out in the fields. The Bergamasco
breed of dogs shocked everyone by herding the sheep without any directions.
They managed to figure out a way to herd the sheep on their own without the
need for command or cues. They are also known to have problem-solving skills that
other sheepdogs lack.
breeds have not been altered in any way as there is a fear that any alteration
may reduce their intelligence and ability to herd sheep without direction.
Bergamasco breed almost went extinct once during World War II when the need for
shepherding dogs reduced due to a decrease in the production of wool. Wool
production decreased due to the great depression. The breed was saved, thanks
to the hard work and dedication of Italian breeder Dr. Maria Andreoli.
are well known for their felted coat. They have a shaggy coat with a lot of
components to it. The Bergamasco dreadlock is made up of dog hair, goat hair,
and wool, and designed to protect it from different kinds of weather. As a pup,
the dog has curly hair which reaches the flocking stage when the pup is eight
or nine months old and continues up to age two.
the flocking stage begins, the owner will need to help ‘felt’ the coat by
pulling apart the strands. A groomer or a breeder may be able to help in this
process. They will also need to check for flea and tick as the hair grows long and reaches the ground. The long
dreadlocks cover their eyes but allow them to see as well as protect them from
the harsh sun.
These dogs were originally guarding dogs, but now they
not only herd the sheep but also take part in competitions and dog shows.