The Bergamasco is an ancient shepherding breed which found popularity in the Italian Alps, whence it derived its breed name.
The Bergamasco has roots in the Middle East where it was used as a work dog.
The breed are characterized by a three-layered coat with woolly, felt-like, corded loose mats.
Bergamascos still have efficient herding and guardian instincts. They occasionally serve as therapy dogs, and are well suited as a pet with an easy temperament but do require considerable grooming on a regular basis.