Bergamasco Sheepdog

Beneath the Bergamasco Sheepdog’s one-of-a-kind coat is a large, muscular shepherd dog of ancient pedigree. But, since the coat is the breed’s hallmark, let’s take a close look. The Bergamasco has hair of three different textures that form naturally occurring loose mats, or “flocks” (strands of hair woven together, creating flat layers of felted hair), covering the body and legs. The flocks provide protection from the fierce cold and wild predators of the Italian Alps, the breed’s ancestral homeland.

Bergamasco Sheepdogs | A Coat Unlike Any Other

We asked the following questions to various experts involved with the breeding & showing of Bergamasco. Sheepdogs. Below are their responses, which are taken from the March 2020 issue of ShowSight. Above photos taken from the article "Bergamascos Today" by Michael ...