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Judging the Bergamasco in Two Minutes or Less

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412 – November/December, 2022

By Bergamasco Sheepdog Club of America

As the judge is waiting for the next breed to come into the show ring, you may see piles of wool stacked ringside. The steward calls the numbers and-all of the sudden–the piles start moving and magnificent dogs flood the ring. Here enters the Bergamasco Sheepdog, a true heritage breed, which developed unique characteristics without man-made aesthetics. They are from the Alpine regions of northern Italy and southern Switzerland. In this region, over the centuries, the Bergamasco acquired its own characteristics: a dignified, intelligent sheepdog with a calm, self-assured expression.

While the standard has guidelines about the breed traits, it is important to note that the individuals of a heritage breed are not cut from one single mold.

When the dogs enter the ring, the main points to watch for are:

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