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It has been a long road to breed recognition with AKC. Prior to full AKC recognition, we were able to show the Bergamasco as a Foundation Stock Service breed in Miscellaneous class. In January of 2015 The Bergamasco Sheepdog became a fully recognized breed even though the breed is ancient and has been around for many centuries. The AKC standard was created by Maria Andreoli in Italy, the country of origin. It differs only slightly from the FCI standard. Rather than describing the dog as “square”, it calls for 5% longer than tall, slightly off square. The belief is that this tiny bit of extra length is important for the movement and extension of a dog working in the mountains.

Because we are advocates and educators, it is important that we also show our dogs in AKC events. We are now part of a community that wishes to support the breed in health, conformation and temperament. By bringing our dogs to shows we can educate the public and the judges about this complex breed. As an AKC judge educator, I am available for seminars, tutoring and mentoring. Because we are a relatively new breed, it is important that we work with our AKC judges to ensure that they are familiar with our breed standard and can comfortably judge our dogs.

We have had much success in the show ring over the past few years. While our older dogs never had a chance to compete in AKC events, our younger generations have had lots of show weekends and we are so proud of their successes. We are happy to see Bergamascos gaining recognition and now competing with better known breeds. We support our families who are interested in showing their dogs and are happy to help them get started in showing as a family activity. We love mentoring those who are new to the show world and are committed to supporting the breed in this way.

We are so proud of our two girls, our own bred AKC Grand Champion Alp Angel's Faggia Dell'Albera and AKC Grand Champion Bergishe Bergamasker Amira for their wonderful 2017 show year. Faggia, as the 2017 #1 Bergamasco (Breed and All-Breed), earned Best of Breed in the National Dog Show in Philadelphia, the AKC National Championship in Orlando and at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City. Her mother Amira was the first Bergamasco to win an Owner Handled Best in Show. Together they have made AKC breed history!

We would like to thank Faggia's handler, Amanda Shea, for her professional and beautiful presentation of our girl.

In The Show Ring

Another amazing weekend for Faggia with a Group 3 under Judge Sulie Greenvale-Pavenza and a Group 4 under Judge Ed Hall. Thank you for these honors. Presented by Amanda Shea. A great start to 2018!  ...
What a great end of the year weekend for Faggia!!! She placed in Herding Group both Saturday and Sunday. Thanks to Judges James E. Frederkisen and Susan Godek for this honor and to handler Amanda Shea.   ...
We are so happy for Amira who took Best of Opposite at the Sunday show with a very large entry. She has had a great year and this was a perfect way to end it. I love being her partner in all things and it's always a joy to show our beautiful girl.&nb...
We are back from a very fun and exhausting road trip to Orlando, Florida for the AKC National Championships. It was great to get a little warm weather just before Christmas. It was actually 90 degrees one day...a little too hot for Faggia. She won Be...
​Faggia continues to amaze! She took Best of Breed Saturday in a ring with 19 Bergamascos! You can see Faggia on Thanksgiving Day on the Purina National Dog Show on NBC! Many thanks to Judge Harry ( Butch ) Schulman and Handler Amanda Shea. On S...
Faggia won a Group 4 placement and her mother won an OH Group 4!  ...