The Bergamasco is a complex being. Because it is a Shepherd by nature, it has developed critical thinking skills which allowed the Bergamasco to work both with it's master and independently. It was able to understand what it's human Shepherd wanted it to do and it was also able to conform to the situation to make important choices in moving sheep across the mountains. The Bergamasco is categorized as a "flock protector". They were responsible for keeping the wolves and other threats away from the flock. Intimidating once aroused, but non-aggressive, the Bergamasco is always on alert and ready to protect that which it calls it's own.
The Bergamasco is still on alert today in the home as a domestic pet. Nothing gets past our Bergamascos. Their level-headedness balances their protective nature and thus we have a dog that will bark and alert you of changes or intruders but is not aggressive and not an attack dog.
The Bergamasco responds to everyone differently and does not choose one member of the household. Instead they create different relationships with different people, as we do.
Bergamascos love to be with you. They thrive on human companionship and are not a breed to be left outdoors to fend for self.
A note about children and Bergamascos:
Bergamascos are generally excellent with children if raised in the home with them. They tend to form special bonds with them. Because children can be high-pitched, and quick moving, it can bring out the herding instinct in a herding breed. Bergamascos may tend to try to herd children at play. Caution should be taken with any breed of dog and no child under 12 years of age should be left with a dog unsupervised.
We are blessed with the wonderful temperaments of our dogs as they reflect the sound temperaments of the Dell'Albera lines.