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GREAT PYRENEES or PYRENEAN MOUNTAIN DOG

Breed Group: Guardian

For full breed standards, visit UK Kennel Club or American Kennel Club

Average height: 63 - 82 cms (25 - 32 in)

Average Weight: 38 - 46 kgs (85 - 100 lbs)

Coat Length: Medium

Life Span: 8 - 12 years

Colours: White, white with tan, gray, reddish brown, or badger markings; does not carry the gene for black

HISTORY

The Great Pyrenees is a pastoral guardian in the mountains, developed to work alone to protect sheep and goats from wolves and bears. In addition to originally being mountain shepherds dogs, the 'Great Dogs of the Mountains' later became guardians of the Chateau of Lourdes and were adopted as the Royal Dog of France by King Louis XIV, and were much sought after by nobles.

 

L.E.G.S.

Using the L.E.G.S.¬ģ model, our breed descriptions offer insights into typical behavior based on Genetics, Learning, Environment, and Self.¬†

Knowing¬†the¬†sort of 'job' a breed was¬†created¬†for can offer valuable insights into the type of life¬†dogs of that¬†breed would most enjoy. But bear in mind, they are all individuals, treat the following as an¬†indication of breed tendencies ‚Äď not a prediction.

Shedding

minimal <> considerable

Grooming

minimal <> likely to need professional grooming

Barking

relatively quiet <> very vocal

Predatory behaviour around other pets/livestock

low<>high

Response to strangers

happy to greet everyone <> very wary

Affectionate with family

not at all<>very cuddly

Playful

serious<>very playful

Focus on handler (bond)

independent thinker<>very biddable

Excitable/Impulsive

very calm<>easily aroused

Motivated

laid back<>obsessive

Easy to care for

suitable for inexperienced<>challenging

Exercise needs

minimal<>hours daily

Off-lead exercise needs

happy on lead<>needs plenty of freedom

Enrichment needs

basic<>needs challenges

WHY YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR GREAT PYRENEES

  • They are loyal, sweet, extremely smart, level-headed¬†and intuitive
  • Known for their calm temperament¬†

WHY THEY MAY BE HARD TO LIVE WITH

  • They are large¬†‚Äď so make sure you have the space for one¬†
  • They were bred¬†to be guardians working independently, they can be¬†continuous 'alert' barkers, and¬†may wander if able to escape
  • They may be suspicious of strangers

YOUR GREAT PYRENEES PUPPY HIGHLIGHTS

They are dogs made to do a whole lot of nothing until the time they have to do something, so keep it simple and well-controlled to enjoy this big, hairy dog! They are generally easygoing but may start showing their naturally protective instincts at an early age so socialisation and training are crucial. 

YOU MAY NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP WITH:

  • Resource guarding
  • Not coming when called
  • Aggression toward unfamiliar people
  • Protectiveness
  • Wandering¬†
  • Barking

YOUR RELATIONSHIP SURVIVAL KEY

  • They have a genetic propensity to guard and protect, and despite their laid-back appearance don't forget their ability to spring into action to protect their "flock"
  • They are best suited to an environment that provides space and outdoor time
  • They are adaptable as long as they are with their people. They are not fond of chaos.
  • Consistent planning and action on their human's part will help them learn that everything is under control

UPBRINGING

It's important to instill early positive socialization to situations and various humans and learn mindful body handling when caring for this dog.

LIFESTYLE 

They are best suited for home with plenty of outside space or rural settings where they can roam freely. Despite their size, they are low energy but do enjoy regular walks.

INTERESTS & HOBBIES 

They like to sit on the highest point surveying their territory or lounging around with their family.

EDUCATION 

They are big, hairy dogs so teach them not to jump on people and to respond to 'come' with an enthusiastic run. Teach your dog that they don't need to always be on guard and that you have it under control. Keep in mind that rote repetition is not the name of their game.