Breed Information Centre

Bergamasco (Imp)


Illustration of Bergamasco (Imp)

This ancient breed of sheepdog originates from the Italian Alpine region and takes its name from the town of Bergamo. Its distinguishing feature is its heavy coat which forms naturally into mats.

The matted coat gives insulation from the extremes of climate they have to endure in the heights of the Alpine pastures. The Bergamasco is an instinctive herder and is used both as flock herd and flock guard.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.

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