Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees

Dog Facts

Type:
Pastoral
Energy:
Low
Exercise Requirement:
Medium - high
Affection Level:
Fairly affectionate
Protection:
Very protective
Size:
Large
Grooming Maintenance:
High
Temperature Preference:
Cool - temperate
Typical Lifespan:
10 - 12 years

About the Great Pyrenees Breed

The Great Pyrenees is a big dog that can seem both imposing and majestic. It is not square in proportion, and is slightly longer than it is tall. However, it is not necessarily as big as it looks because the coat really bulks the dog out and gives it a heavier set appearance. It can tackle mountainous slopes with strong, smooth movements, and keep going all day due to its high stamina. It has a characteristic double dew claw on the hind leg.

The Pyrean Mountain Dog, as it is sometimes called, is starkly white, and has a big, thick, double layered coat. However, the white can sometimes be broken slightly by tan, grey or rust coloured fur, especially around the face and ears. This coat will need to be groomed once or twice a fortnight, or daily during shedding season. It also lies thicker around the neck and can form a mane.

The Great Pyrenees is a loving family dog. It has a great deal of patience and so is good with children, and it is very loyal. It can be protective of the family, which could potentially cause problems with aggression, but if raised well and actively socialised, this should never be a problem. The Pyrenees has a tendency to be nocturnal, because of its past guarding flocks by night, and tends to bark in order to protect and scare off any intruders, be they seen as a threat to the flock or family home.

The dog has a reputation for being stubborn, and can be hard to train in obedience. If started early, there is more of a chance of getting it to learn tricks, but otherwise you may encounter difficulty. It also has a habit of wandering off and 'patrolling', so a safe, fenced in garden is required. Daily exercise is necessary or the dog will get bored and destructive.

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