KC Group: Pastoral
Good with children?: Yes
Exercise requirement: Moderate
Good guard dogs?: Yes
Moulting level: Low
Jogging partner: Yes
An ancient sheepdog breed that was originally found in Alpine regions, hence the shaggy coat. The Bergamsco is still a working breed, giving exceptional service in search and rescue operations as well as its more traditional herding roles. Their instinct to protect the flock makes them useful as guard dogs.
An alert and friendly disposition help make the Bergamasco and ideal family pet. The Breed Standard describes them as "intelligent, cautious and patient." They have an almost human sense of being, especially expressed through their range of facial expressions.
The ideal height for dogs is between 58-62cm, bitches 54-58cm. They should weigh 32-38kg and 26-32kg respectively.
There are no know congenital disorders with this breed although due to its size hip Dysplasia may be an issue if care is not taken when exercising the young.
Eyes and ears should be checked regularly and as their coat can easily obscure their skin, care should be taken to check regularly for any signs of irritation or redness. Their temperature should also be monitored in hot conditions.
Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.
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