Fuzzy and friendly, the Bergamasco is a sheepdog with the traditional oversized coat. This breed is trim and athletic despite its deceptive coat. These dogs stay with livestock, protecting them from predators and keeping herds together. As with other herding dogs, the Bergamasco is very intelligent and loyal. Because of these characteristics, they work hard and seek to please their master. The upkeep for the Bergamasco, unlike dogs with thinner coats, means regular brushing and cleaning bits of detritus from their coats.