Bergamasco  

          

The Bergamasco is a breed  Of Dog  with its origins in the Italian  Alps, where it was originally used as aherding dog.  The breed's most distinctive feature is the unusual felted coat which is a normal and healthy characteristic of the breed. Bergamascos are born with short, smooth fur, which slowly develops the characteristic mats as the dog grows. The mats may reach as low as the dog's paws in adulthood.The Bergamasco is a muscular, heavy-boned herding dog with a large head and a thick tail that hangs down to the hock and curves slightly upward at the end. The entire dog is covered with an abundant coat that forms mats. The Bergamasco is compact in profile but is just slightly longer than tall.

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