Groenendael vs Bergamasco

Compare the Groenendael to the Bergamasco. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Groenendaels and Bergamascos.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Groenendael is a good choice for new owners, whereas the Bergamasco is not recommended for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Groenendael is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Groenendael is easier to groom than the Bergamasco.
  • Barking - The Bergamasco bark/howls frequently. The Groenendael has a low tendency to bark.
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Groenendael vs Bergamasco
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Breed NameGroenendaelBergamasco
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan11-13 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height22-26 in.21-24 in.
Weight60-75 lb57-84 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryBelgiumItaly
Origin Year1890 AD1850 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodPoor
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodPoor
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Jealous
  • Loving
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorNoNo
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹20°F to 80°F20°F to 75°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium
Exercise RequiredHighMedium
Top Running Speed30 mph28 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighNone-Low
SheddingHighNone
DanderHighNone
Drool AmountLowLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameGroenendaelBergamasco
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesYes
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsHighAverage
FightingAverageBelow Average
GuardingAverageHigh
HerdingHighHigh
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionHighHigh
Remove VerminBelow AverageAverage
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameGroenendaelBergamasco
Lifespan
Lifespan11-13 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatNoYes
EpilepsyYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HyperthyroidismYesNo
Joint DysplasiaNoYes
Skin AllergiesNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameGroenendaelBergamasco
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Corded CoatNoYes
Wire CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
ShaggyNoYes
WavyNoYes
WrinklyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
GrayNoYes