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Great Pyrenees Information

Description

This huge, wooly dog closely resembles a bear in its size, but it is as gentle as a teddy bear with its family. The coat is relatively long with highly protective outer hairs to provide water resistance and a thick, wooly undercoat for warmth. These dogs are very muscular and sturdy, with a deep chest and strong back and hindquarters. The head is broad and framed with two triangular shaped ears that hang down the side of the face. The head is somewhat wedge shaped and the eyes are dark brown, highly intelligent and very noticeable in the light colored coat. The Great Pyrenees can be cream, white, light tan or any combination of those colors.

Temperament

The Great Pyrenees is a natural guard dog and will protect its family from strangers and other dogs. They are somewhat aggressive towards other dogs, especially if they have not been neutered or spayed. If raised with other pets including cats they are excellent companion dogs. The Great Pyrenees is very intelligent and loves to be with family. They are excellent dogs with children although their size may frighten some kids. The breed does require a confident trainer as they can be quite independent and somewhat stubborn. Once they are trained they love to receive praise for following commands and tend to respond best to positive rewards.

Grooming & Shedding

As can be expected the Great Pyrenees is a average shedder, but the coat is so thick and the hair so light colored that it often appears that this breed sheds much more than it actually does. Grooming at least every other day with a pin brush, paying particular attention to the wooly undercoat will help prevent a lot of hair loss and prevent mats. The breed has been developed to stay outside in harsh weather, so bathing is not recommended unless absolutely necessary. The breed does fully shed its coat at least once a year and extra brushing is necessary at this time, especially if the dog is to be in the house.

History

Originally descended from Tibetan Mastiffs, these large dogs were first bred in the Pyrenees Mountain areas of Spain. Originally hey were used for guarding flocks of sheep throughout the mountains from wolves, predators and even other people, they had to learn how to work independent of owners. In the early 1600's French nobility took a fancy to the breed, and in 1675 it was named the Royal Dog of France. While the large breed became less favorable in Europe throughout the 1900's it gained popularity in American, and also was used in the development of the Newfoundland breed. Throughout history the Great Pyrenees, also known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, was used as a cart dog, guard dog and rescue dog.

Health Issues

  • Major Concerns: patellar luxation, canine hip dysplasia
  • Minor Concerns: OCD (growth disorder), osteosarcoma, entropion, skin problems
  • Occasionally seen: gastric torsion (bloat), panosteitis, canine hip dysplasia, otitis extrema
  • Suggested tests: eye, knee, hip

 

Characteristics

Height

Males 27-32 inches (69-81 cm)

Females 25-29 inches (63-74 cm)

 

Weight

Males up to 100 pounds (45 kg)

Females up to 85 pounds (38 kg)

Lifespan

10-12 years

Exercise

Medium – long regular walks

Apartment

No

Families

Yes

Young Children

Yes

Need exercise space

Yes – love to be outdoors

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