So you’re looking to adopt an Bergamasco Sheepdog, or already have one?
According to the American Kennel Club, “Beneath the 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 Sheepdog 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.Bergamascos are bright, loyal, loving, and trainable—with a dash of mountain-dog independence. They take to watching over loved ones with a serene vigilance. Wary of strangers until properly introduced, Bergamascos are aggressive only as a last resort. Generally happy with kids and other animals, the low-maintenance and robustly healthy Bergamasco is much more than a show-stopping hairdo. Eager to please, smart, and stubbornly devoted to work, Bergamascos are patient but protective.”
An Bergamasco Sheepdog typically ranges from 55.88cm to 59.69cm in height, and weighs from 25.85476509kg to 38.10175908kg.
There are a few pet insurance companies in New Zealand that offer dog insurance for Bergamasco Sheepdog breeds. Try Cove Insurance as they are currently offering a one-month free promotion. Typically Bergamasco Sheepdog insurance ranges from $30 per month to $65 – but of course this varies depending on a range of other factors such as gender.