Bergamo Shepherd

Other names: Berger Bergamasque, Cane da Pastore Bergamasco, Bergamasco Shepherd Dog

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The Bergamo Shepherd is an almost perfect dog for families, whether large or not. He forms a close relationship with his master, in whom he shows himself to be faithful and loyal. He is protective, from his origin. He loves the great outdoors and needs them to run and exercise. In addition to an excellent character and a very easy upbringing, he is endowed with an iron health, without any disease to be deplored.



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Hair type Long
Origin Italy
Template Big
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 26 kg to 32 kg From 54 cm to 61 cm
Male From 32 kg to 38 kg From 55 cm to 63 cm
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History of the breed

The Bergamo Shepherd corresponds to a very old breed , since this dog was already used by shepherds in Roman times. Originally from the Bergamasque Alpine regions, specializing in the care and management of flocks of sheep, he has also distinguished himself as a family dog. The breed almost died out after WWII, but an enthusiast, Dr. Maria Andreoli, has largely helped to save it by maintaining a quality breeding.

Today the Bergamo Shepherd is highly regarded as a companion, guard, therapy and mountain rescue dog . However, it remains relatively unknown outside of Italy. The breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on February 23, 1956.

Physical features

His hair: abundant, long, covering all parts of the dog’s body, which can be very rough in texture (goat hair), especially on the rear part of the trunk. Characterized by streaks on all limbs.
Its color: all shades of uniform gray with or without gray spots. Shades, light fawn or unicolour black are allowed.
His head: well proportioned to the rest of the body. The length of the muzzle is equal to that of the skull. The forehead is broad and rounded, the stop is well adjusted, the lips thin, the jaws well developed and the cheeks little raised.
Its ears: triangular in shape, semi-drooping, set high, wide at their base, length between 11 and 13 cm.
His eyes: large, brown in color in accordance with the dress, displaying a look that is at the same time soft, peaceful and attentive.
His body: writable in a square. The withers are well extended, high and long, the back very straight and muscular, the croup broad and robust, the chest ample and well arched.
Its tail: set rather low, thick at its base and thinning towards its end, furnished with a slightly wavy woolly hair, carried like a saber at rest, animated like a whip when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Bergamo Shepherd is an intelligent, determined and vigilant dog, while displaying a level-headed and patient personality. Never fearful or aggressive, he has all the qualities that have allowed him to shine in his favorite field: driving and guarding herds . As a family, he is a pleasant companion for everyone, especially children.

He shows attachment to his master and courageously watches over his house. The Bergamo Shepherd can also be stubborn from time to time. He can be shy , and he is never aggressive or fearful .

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Despite his small, strong-headed side , the Bergamo Shepherd demonstrates a remarkable capacity for learning which facilitates his education. It must be precocious, just like its socialization, and this, in order to temper its character. The Bergamo Shepherd is not very difficult to train. You have to be firm , strict but also gentle so as not to offend your sensitivity . He has great learning abilities . He is determined to succeed and to please his master

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Bergamo Shepherd is primarily an outdoor dog and large spaces. He will have a hard time getting used to a city lifestyle , especially in an apartment, if he is not sufficiently stimulated through long and frequent outings. He must then be constantly in the presence of his master. What appeals to him are the large expanses that he can find in the mountains or in the countryside. He must be able to frolic, exert himself, and breathe pure air.


Ease of gaining weight

The Bergamo Shepherd is a robust dog, which tolerates the cold remarkably well and does not suffer from any pathology specific to the breed. In addition, due to its origin and its very long coat, it tolerates the cold wonderfully.

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 13 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of a Bergamo Shepherd is, on average, between 13 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Bergamo Shepherd is not affected by seasonal shedding , but its coat is constantly growing. Despite the coarse and abundant appearance of his coat, he is a dog that requires little maintenance .

This dog is neither to brush nor to groom . It just needs to be washed every now and then and dried slowly in the sun. Regular brushing must accompany the life of the Bergamo Shepherd. It will be possible to check the condition of his ears or his eyes , but simply for the form because he is not subject to any infection.

Price and budget

Purchase price

700 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Bergamo Shepherd is between 700 € and 1200 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 1,450
1500 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Bergamo Shepherd is between € 1,450 and € 1,500.

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The Bergamo Shepherd will be fond of human food , based on meat, fresh vegetables or starches. This responds to all of his needs, he who must be able to spend himself daily. It will also be possible to give him industrial food made from high quality kibble . It will be rationalized according to its burnt calories.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Bergamo Shepherd needs a lot of exercise to stay happy and balanced. Used to large spaces, it must be walked for a long time and frequently . His extreme docility and intelligence allow him to perform in canine activities. He needs to run and exercise daily to thrive and stay healthy.


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