The Belgian Malinois Bergamasco Sheepdog Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Belgian Malinois and the Bergamasco Sheepdog. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Belgian Malinois is known for being a protective, guardian breed. 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 Belgian Malinois 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 Belgian Malinois 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 Belgian Malinois Bergamasco Sheepdog Mix puppy. That is, if they have any Belgian Malinois Bergamasco Sheepdog Mix puppies for sale.
If you are interested in helping animal rescues raise money, please play our quiz. Each correct answer donates to help feed shelter animals.
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.
Belgian Malinois History
The Belgian Malinois (sometimes called the Malinois Dog) is part of the quartet of known Belgian sheepdogs. Smoother-coated than her cousin the Belgian Laekenois, she is similarly strong, swift, and powerful. She takes the name Malinois from Malines, the Belgian city from which she hails. Malinois are working dogs, happy to have an assignment — whether it’s agility, herding, tracking, obedience, therapy, rescue, or military or police work. Further proof of her versatility is that the Secret Service uses Belgian Malinois to patrol the grounds of the White House!
Like her other Shepherd kin, though, the Malinois needs activity, and this cannot be overstated. They do best with owners who lead active lives themselves and want a dog to share that with. People who are looking for a quiet dog who can be left alone for hours should not consider a Malinois, as boredom can make them destructive. They also have a strong prey drive, which means the owner will need to keep the Malinois secure when outdoors -- for the sake of small game and cats. The Belgian Malinois emerged in the late 1800s as a herding dog. With a warm coat, fluidity of movement and boundless energy, she could work for long hours in the worst of weather. It wasn’t long before the military recognized the breed’s value during wartime, and Malinois represented their home country during World War I as messenger carriers, ambulance dogs and even pullers of heavy machine guns.
Diesel, a female Malinois police dog killed by friendly fire in the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, was given a funeral with full honors. A new police pup was christened Diesel in her honor.
A Belgian Malinois named Rocket served India's National Security Guard's K-9 unit as an expert assault and sniffer dog. Rocket was recommended for a gallantry award in 2016 for detecting enemy presence during an airbase attack. The operation caused burn injuries to his paws and forehead, but after weeks of treatment, he was back on the job.
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.
Height: 22 - 26 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 55 - 75 lb.
Lifespan: 12 - 14 years
Height: 22 - 24 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 57 - 84 lb.
Lifespan: 13 - 15 years
The Belgian Malinois and the Bergamasco Sheepdog are known for being courageous and protective. They are also very loving dogs. This dog will require a very strong and firm owner who makes sure to assert that they are the alpha and not the dog. They are cautious, yet non-threatening with strangers, and are affectionate towards family and children. Early socialization helps take care of any bad habits that could develop. She responds well to positive reinforcement, like all dogs. She should be rather affectionate and enjoy spending lots of time with you. Don’t plan on leaving her alone for long periods as he won’t do well alone. She wants to be with the “pack.”
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 Belgian Malinois mixed with the Bergamasco Sheepdog might be prone to joint dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, 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."