Bergamo Shepherd Dog

Bergamo Shepherd Dog Breed description: Character & Co

Bergamo Shepherd Dog


PROFILE: Bergamo Shepherd Dog

The Bergamasque Shepherd Dog, often referred to simply as the Bergamasker or "Cane da pastore Bergamasco", has its roots in northern Italy, more specifically in the Bergamo region. This robust and hardy dog was traditionally used for sheep guarding and herding in the alpine regions.

Its history goes way back and is closely linked to the shepherds of the Bergamo region. The Bergamo Shepherd Dog has developed over centuries into a faithful companion and reliable working dog.


This pedigree dog is suitable not only as a herding dog, but also as a loyal family dog. Here are some main characteristics:

  • Will to work: originally bred as a working dog, it has strong instincts and zeal. This requires regular mental and physical activity.
  • Attachment: He forms a close bond with his family and is often wary of strangers.
  • Low maintenance: His special coat requires little maintenance, unlike other breeds. It also protects him from extreme weather conditions.
  • Adaptable: Although he is most comfortable in rural areas, he can also adapt to city life as long as he gets enough exercise.


The Bergamo Shepherd Dog is a versatile and loyal companion. Its origins in the Bergamo region have made it a sturdy and hardy dog that is valued both as a working dog and as a family member. Those looking for an active and loyal companion will find a perfect partner in the Bergamo Shepherd Dog.

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Alternate Name Cane da pastore Bergamasco, Berger de bergame
Origin Italy
Life expectancy 13 - 15 years
Care requirements high-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group Sheepdogs
AKC group Herding Group
KC group not recognised

Bergamo Shepherd Dog - Character & Nature

The Bergamo Shepherd Dog is more than just a herding dog from the northern Italian regions. Its unique nature and distinct character traits make it a special companion in many walks of life.

Character traits

  • Loyalty: The Bergamo Shepherd Dog is extremely loyal to his family and often forms a strong bond with a primary caregiver.
  • Alertness: Alert by nature, he can prove to be a good watchdog without being aggressive.
  • Intelligence: His quick perception and ability to learn make him easy to train and adapt to various tasks.
  • Gentleness: Despite his working past, he often shows a gentle and patient side, especially with children.


Embedded in his traits is the general nature of the Bergamasque Shepherd Dog:

  • Calm and Balanced: Even though he is alert and vigilant, he often maintains a calm and even-tempered nature.
  • Confident: He is aware of his surroundings and his abilities, which gives him a natural self-assurance.
  • Willing to Work: His herding instinct is deeply ingrained, which makes him always want to be kept busy.


The Bergamasque Shepherd Dog has an impressive nature, characterized by loyalty, intelligence and gentleness. His character traits make him an ideal companion for families, work assignments or as a loyal friend by your side. Those looking for a calm, balanced, yet attentive dog will find the perfect partner in the Bergamasque Shepherd Dog.


Bergamo Shepherd Dog - Care, Health & Breeding

The Bergamo She pherd Dog is known for its hardiness and longevity, but proper care is crucial to its health and well-being. In this fact sheet, you'll gain insight into the care, health and breeding of the Bergamo Shepherd Dog.


  • Coat Care: His curly coat is not prone to matting, but should still be brushed regularly. Interestingly, he sheds little hair, which makes him interesting for allergy sufferers.
  • Ear and Eye Care: It is important to check his ears and eyes regularly and keep them clean.
  • Exercise: As an active dog, the Bergamasker needs regular exercise and mental challenges.


  • Robust Nature: This breed is not prone to many hereditary health problems and has an average life expectancy of 13-15 years.
  • Common Diseases: Some Bergamasques can be prone to hip dysplasia. Regular vet visits and checkups are recommended.


  • Breed Purity: Careful selection of parents should be taken when breeding to ensure the purity and health characteristics of the breed.
  • Breeding Clubs: Bergamasker breeding clubs exist in many countries to set standards and ensure quality breeding.


The Bergamasque Shepherd Dog is not only hardy and durable, but also easy to care for. Regular coat, ear and eye care as well as sufficient exercise will keep him healthy and active for a long time. When breeding, emphasis should be placed on quality and adherence to breed standards to preserve the unique characteristics of this wonderful breed.

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The Bergamo Shepherd Dog is not only known for its characteristic nature, but also for its special appearance. Here we give a detailed overview of the coat, appearance, size and weight of this impressive breed.

Coat & Appearance

The most distinctive feature of the Bergamo Shepherd Dog is undoubtedly its dense, curly coat. It not only serves as protection from the alpine weather conditions, but also gives it its unique appearance.

  • Coat Color: The coat can come in various shades including gray, black, silver and also merle.
  • Coat texture: The coat is long, curly and falls in characteristic "shag" or "strands". Undercoat is also present, but less visible.
  • Grooming: Despite its density, the coat is surprisingly easy to groom. Regular brushing is usually enough to keep it clean and healthy.

Size & Weight

The Bergamasque Shepherd Dog presents as a medium to large dog with a strong build.

GenderHeight in cmWeight in kg
Male58-62 cm32-38 kg
Female54-58 cm26-32 kg


The Bergamo Shepherd Dog is notable for its distinctive coat structure and rugged appearance. With a height that varies between 58-62 cm in males and 54-58 cm in females, he weighs up to 38 kg. His appearance, coupled with his curly coat, makes him a distinctive and impressive dog.

Fur length medium
Fur -
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail lang
Anatomy rugged
Size ♀ 54 - 58 cm
Weight ♀ 32 - 38 kg
Size ♂ 58 - 62 cm
Weight ♂ 32 - 38 kg
Suitable For -

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