Friday, June 26, 2015

Dog breed spotlight: Bergamasco

The Bergamasco is believed to be a descendant of longhaired sheep dogs brought to Italy by the Phoenicians. This intelligent and hard working breed can be traced back almost 7,000 years.

The most eye-catching aspect of the breed is the unusual felted coat. It consists of three types of hair: a fine, dense, and oily undercoat, long hairs similar to a goat’s, and a wooly outer coat. The mats “set” at age one, and after that the coat requires little maintenance. A Bergamasco should be bathed 1-3 times per year. They shed very little, and should not be brushed.

Bergamascos are known for being very sociable and having a strong work ethic. They think independently and are very intelligent. If you want a subordinate to the other members of the family, a Bergamasco is not a good choice; they tend to see themselves more as an equal that works together with the humans.

This breed is also known for its almost supernatural hearing, and for being good judges of character. As long-time protectors of herds they can predict violence, and they are reliable predictors of approaching visitors and violent behavior.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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