The Bergamasco is one of the oldest breeds; thought to have been in existence for 2000 years.
They are a medium-sized, well-proportioned and strong breed. The most distinguishable feature about them is their coat. It is made up of three types of hair which grow very long and hang together in "flocks" which gives them the appearance of having "dreadlocks". Long hair covers their eyes too. The coat comes in varying shades of very light to very dark grey.
They originate from the Alps where they were used to guard and herd sheep. They are intelligent and balanced, attentive and watchful. Although not naturally aggressive, their first instinct is to guard so the right training is essential.
They will tend to use their own judgement about people so may need to be taught to accept all types. They are generally excellent with children. They tend to like other dogs and can be trained to accept other animals. They are usually more comfortable outdoors, especially colder climates, due to their massive coat. They need plenty of exercise.
The flocking coat needs careful management to maintain it. They are generally very healthy.