It has been a long road to breed recognition with AKC. Up until two years ago, we were able to show the Bergamasco as a Foundation Stock Service breed in Miscellaneous class. In January of 2015 The Bergamasco 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 the 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 of the Bergamasco, it is important that we also show our dogs and now become part of the community that wishes to support the breed in health, conformation and temperament. Only by bringing our dogs to shows can we educate the public and the judges about this complex breed. As an AKC judge educator, I am available for seminars, tutoring and mentoring. It is important to make sure that Bergamascos are being judged appropriately for the best possible outcomes for the future of this breed.
We have had much success in the show ring over the last two 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 the Bergamasco gaining recognition and now competing in an even playing field with more well known breeds. We know the Bergamasco will remain rare, as they are not for everyone.
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 #1 Bergamasco Breed and All-Breed and Amira as #1 Owner Handled Bergamasco.
We would like to thank Faggia's handler, Amanda Shea, for her professional and beautiful presentation of our girl.