Herding – AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS)

Photos courtesy of Alp Angel Bergamasca

The Bergamasco is a highly intelligent breed combining its desire to please with the ability to think for itself.  Bergamascos are always on alert, never aggressive toward people unless provoked or threatened.  It is very intelligent and balanced and a peaceful dog.  They participate in everything that goes on around them. An excellent watch dog that doesn’t like strangers invading its home.  It loves children and makes an excellent Nanny. It behaves in a slightly different manner towards each family member, adapting to their personal temperaments and acting accordingly.  Bergamascos are usually good with other dogs or cats.

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Notes for owners
A family dog in the true sense of the word
3 layers with “flocks” Minimal unless tangled Need daily walks.


Relevant Web Sites


AKC Breed Profile

Bergamasco Sheepdog Club of America

International Bergamasco Sheepdog Association

We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA (, and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.