Thinking about purchasing an Great Pyrenees? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Great Pyrenees breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Great Pyrenees owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Great Pyrenees and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Great Pyrenees Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Great Pyrenees and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Great Pyrenees Profile
The Great Pyrenees give the distinct impression of elegance and unsurpassed beauty combined with great overall size and majesty. They are large dogs with very woolly and long coats. It is also weather resistant and allows them to withstand intense cold temperatures. They have large paws, bred for have a steady foot on dangerous mountain paths. They also have drop ears, a bushy tail and an evenly muscled body. Their fur almost resembles a white mane. They need human companionship and attention and lots of space. The Great Pyrenees will not do well with apartment dwellers. They are a pleasant, gentle breed of enormous size, extremely intelligent, and loyal to their family. They have been bred to bond very closely with their family or the flock they are guarding. They are also protective of them. The Great Pyrenees does well with other animals and livestock, and are loving with their families. Although bred to have a kinder personality, the breed still excels with predator control around the home. Great Pyrenees are gentle, affectionate and loyal to the ones they love.
Other Names: Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Chien des Pyrenees, Chien de Montagne des Pyrenees
Type: Guardian Dog
25 - 32 inches.
with or without patches of badger, wolf-grey, tan or pale yellow.
Pyrenees are watchful, loyal, friendly and protective. They will bond closely
with their owners or the ones they are guarding. They are sweet, gentle and
are good with kids. They do not do well with other pets, however, unless those
pets are sheep and livestock. They are powerful, assertive when need be, and
territorial. They are confident and affectionate, and a stable breed. They tend
to be nocturnal; resting during the day and guarding during the night.
Watch-dog: Very High. Great
Pyrenees will bark and if necessary, fight predators.
Great Pyrenees Care and Training:
Great Pyrenees require daily brushing of their long double coat, extra grooming
is needed during shedding. Bathing is needed only when necessary. Great Pyrenees
need plenty of exercise but a large yard with ample space to roam will give
them enough exercise. Pyrs must be well trained, so that they do not attack
or guard against welcome people or animals.
Activity: Medium, but must
be exercised daily. Long walks are good for this breed.
Great Pyrenees Health Issues: Great Pyrenees are usually very healthy, but may suffer from hip dysplasia, hot spot skin conditions, and epilepsy. Other health concerns include entropion (inverted eyelids), luxating patellas, and bloat (gastric torsion; twisted stomach). Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Great Pyrenees can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests.
Life Span: 10 - 12 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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