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There are so many different breeds of dogs that every breed is unique. You will find dogs without any hair, dogs with lion’s mane, dogs with long ears, and so on. One such unique breed of dog is the Bergamasco Shepherd, also called Bergamaschi, Bergamese Shepherd, Cane da Pastore Bergamasco, and Bergamo Shepherd Dog.
Facts about Bergamasco Shepherd
The Bergamasco breed have brown eyes with black, grey, or silver coat. Their coat is highly dense and corded. As they do not shed, they are also ideal for those who are allergic to dog hair. Some facts about Bergamasco Shepherd include
- Origin: The Bergamasco Shepherd breed originated in Persia, now known as Iran. Their origin is estimated to be more than 2000 years ago and were bred for their herding skills.
- The name Bergamasco comes from the region of Bergamo in Italian Alps, where the nomadic shepherds from Persia decided to settle down.
- A unique dog with a heart of gold! The Bergamasco breed is known for its independent spirit and gentleness. These dogs have a unique relationship with their owners. The breed makes a wonderful companion as they are loving and affectionate.
- They are shockingly intelligent. These dogs have excellent herding skills and were bred as guard dogs to protect the sheep while out in the fields. The Bergamasco breed of dogs shocked everyone by herding the sheep without any directions. They managed to figure out a way to herd the sheep on their own without the need for command or cues. They are also known to have problem-solving skills that other sheepdogs lack.
- These breeds have not been altered in any way as there is a fear that any alteration may reduce their intelligence and ability to herd sheep without direction.
- The Bergamasco breed almost went extinct once during World War II when the need for shepherding dogs reduced due to a decrease in the production of wool. Wool production decreased due to the great depression. The breed was saved, thanks to the hard work and dedication of Italian breeder Dr. Maria Andreoli.
- They are well known for their felted coat. They have a shaggy coat with a lot of components to it. The Bergamasco dreadlock is made up of dog hair, goat hair, and wool, and designed to protect it from different kinds of weather. As a pup, the dog has curly hair which reaches the flocking stage when the pup is eight or nine months old and continues up to age two.
- Once the flocking stage begins, the owner will need to help ‘felt’ the coat by pulling apart the strands. A groomer or a breeder may be able to help in this process. They will also need to check for flea and tick as the hair grows long and reaches the ground. The long dreadlocks cover their eyes but allow them to see as well as protect them from the harsh sun.
These dogs were originally guarding dogs, but now they not only herd the sheep but also take part in competitions and dog shows.