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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.  The AKC standard was created by Maria Andreoli. The FCI standard is the standard in Italy, the country of origin and everywhere else in the world except for the United States. 

Because we are advocates and educators, it is important that we show our dogs in AKC events. We are 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. I served as the parent club judge educator for many years. I am available for tutoring and mentoring presently due to my many years dedicated to the breed and to AKC. Because we are a relatively new breed, it is important that we work with our AKC judges to ensure that they are familiar with the breed standard and can comfortably judge our dogs.

We have had much success in the show ring over the past few years. 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 breed and the show world and are committed to supporting the breed in this way.




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

In The Show Ring

​Judge Dr. Eric LiebesHandler Amanda SheaFaggia BOB winner Westminster Kennel Club 2020 ...
What an exciting weekend for Faggia! She won best of breed at Westminster 2020 and this is her second time winning the breed at WKC. She previously won the breed in 2018. This is the third consecutive BOB win for Alp Angel Bergamascos as her sis...
Faggia was best of breed again this year in Orlando, Florida at the AKC National Championships. For the first time in history a Bergamasco Sheepdog made the cut or "short list" to be chosen for a group placement at the largest entry show in the Unite...
Martensa attended her first show at 4 months old and won a puppy group 2! ...
Faggia was BOB for 2019, making this her third year in a row for winning BOB at this show. You can see her on NBC after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade!  Presented by Amanda Shea ...
​We are so proud of our boy! Only shown a few times, he has earned his AKC Championship under Judge Joe Reno. Handled by Amanda Shea. Breeder Roza Palimaka.  ...