The American Hairless Terrier Bergamasco Sheepdog Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the American Hairless Terrier and the Bergamasco Sheepdog. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The American Hairless Terrier is known for being lively, inquisitive, and intelligent. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the American Hairless Terrier or the Bergamasco Sheepdog? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful American Hairless Terrier Bergamasco Sheepdog Mix.
While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their American Hairless Terrier Bergamasco Sheepdog Mix puppy. That is, if they have any American Hairless Terrier Bergamasco Sheepdog Mix puppies for sale.
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All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.
American Hairless Terrier History
The American Hairless Terrier started in 1972 from one hairless female puppy in a litter of Rat Terriers. This one lone dog, named Josephine had pink skin with large black spots. She was actually given away out of the litter. Being that she was hairless and didn’t shed, the Scotts (who now had adopted the puppy), went on to breed her. Her offspring was originally registered as a hairless variety of Rat Terrier. Many American Hairless Terriers are still born with a coat, recognised as a coated variety. This breed went on to be recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2004 and the American Kennel Club in 2016. The breed still continues to this day and comes in two sizes, miniature and standard. All of this breeding was done with careful outcroppings with the Rat Terrier. If you are wondering about the Rat Terrier, they were originally bred to hunt Rats and other vermin. People would actually place wagers on them and use them as a way to place bets. However, the original breeding was done for practical purposes - to keep rats out of barns.
Bergamasco Sheepdog History
He looks like a Muppet with dreadlocks, but in reality he’s a sweet, loyal sheepdog with a patient nature and an intelligent, independent spirit. And you can see that in his eyes, if you look for them! You might look at this dog and think, “grooming nightmare.” Not so! The Bergamasco’s coat needs some prep work when he’s still a puppy, but after that, it’s smooth sailing. He wears his mats (or “dreads”) proudly, and once established they require almost no maintenance. Among adult dogs, little to no brushing is required, and bathing usually isn’t necessary more than one to three times a year. Experts advise that the dog never be shaved. As sheep-herders, Bergamascos were bred to work independently and to problem-solve without a handler’s supervision or commands. This makes him somewhat different from other shepherd breeds. A strong, muscular dog with a considerable ability to endure long working hours and harsh elements, Bergamascos are believed to be descendants of ancient dogs that tended and herded flocks of sheep in mountainous Iran (then Persia) for their nomadic masters. Over time, some of these nomads settled and remained in the Italian Alps. It is there that the dog came to be known as the Bergamasco (for Bergamo, one of the first Italian towns where he worked tending sheep).
More recently (in the period immediately following World War II), Bergamascos nearly became extinct because of the drop in wool production and the corresponding drop in need for sheep and sheepdogs. A highly trained Italian scientist, Dr. Maria Andreoli, is credited with saving the breed by studying and observing its genetic traits. Over 40 years of careful breeding, Dr. Andreoli developed many lines of champion dogs at her Dell' Albera kennel. She is also credited with sharing knowledge that enabled the Bergamasco to be successfully introduced in the U.S.
American Hairless Terrier
Height: 12 - 16 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 10 - 16 lb.
Lifespan: 14 - 16years
Height: 22 - 24 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 57 - 84 lb.
Lifespan: 13 - 15 years
The American Hairless Terrier and the Bergamasco Sheepdog might be a little bit spunky. They can be an inquisitive little fella so keep on the lookout for that behavior! All dogs need attention and don't want to be left alone. That's why you have a pet, right? Plan on putting forth effort to socialize her as this will reap dividends in the long run. Please use always use positive reinforcement even though they can have a mind of their own. Enjoy being with your new mixed breed and love the relationship you will have with them.
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The American Hairless Terrier mixed with the Bergamasco Sheepdog might be prone to joint dysplasia, patellar luxation, allergies, epilepsy, dental, deafness, liver shunt, among others.
Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.
What are the grooming requirements?
Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.
What are the exercise requirements?
Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the training requirements?
This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.
"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."