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Bergamasco

Origin Italy
GroupPastoral Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Bergamasco have? The breed also known as...
Bergamasco Shepherd Dog, Bergamasco, Cane da pastore Bergamasco, Bergermaschi
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
Price
How much does the Bergamasco puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$1000-$1300
If you choose to purchase the Bergamasco, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Bergamasco gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What is the Bergamasco's size? How big is this dog?
Large
Weight
How much does the Bergamasco weigh?
Male: 70-84 pounds (32-38 kg), Female: 57-71 pounds (26-32 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 61 pounds (29 kg)
Height
How tall is the Bergamasco?
22-24 inches (54-62 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
23 inches (58 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Bergamasco have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseFine
Colors
What color is the Bergamasco's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
Grey
Grooming
How to groom the Bergamasco and how often?
Easy to groom: The Bergamasco doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Bergamasco is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Bergamascos shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Bergamascos shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Bergamascos could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Bergamasco have?
DeterminedPatientQuietVigilant
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Bergamasco?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Bergamasco obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Bergamascos easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Bergamascos aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Playfulness
How playful dog breed is this dog?
Bergamascos, like any other average dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
Bergamascos are less sensitive than other dog breeds. They aren't receptive to their owner's emotions and handle soft punishment quite well. They don't mind an always changing daily routine, a hectic household, young children, noisy environment and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Bergamascos are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed doesn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Bergamascos are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Bergamascos bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Low to Average: The Bergamasco rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Bergamascos good watchdogs?
Bergamascos are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Bergamascos will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Bergamascos strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Bergamasco has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Bergamasco do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Bergamascos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Bergamascos need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Bergamasco to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Bergamascos tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Bergamasco have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Are Bergamascos good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Bergamascos are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Bergamascos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Bergamascos are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Bergamascos kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Bergamascos are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Bergamascos get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Bergamascos are average friendly dogs towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Bergamascos get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Bergamascos are average friendly dogs towards other dogs.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Bergamascos have health problems?
Bergamascos tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Bergamascos live? What is this dog average life span?
13-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Bergamasco breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Bergamascos do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Bergamasco have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Bergamascos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Bergamascos require per day?
Bergamascos need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Bergamascos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Bergamasco need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Average. The Bergamasco has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Bergamasco's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Bergamasco can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Bergamasco has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Bergamasco is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Bergamasco: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Bergamasco have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Bergamasco have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-10 puppies

Advantages

  • Hypoallergenic: Bergamascos do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Bergamasco doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Bergamascos shed none to minimal.
  • Barking: Low to Average: The Bergamasco rarely barks.
  • Watchdog Ability: Bergamascos are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Bergamascos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Territorial: Bergamascos strongly protect their territory.

Disadvantages

  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Trainability: Bergamascos aren't famous for their trainability.

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