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Great Pyrenees


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The Great Pyrenees is considered a relative of the St. Bernard and the Newfoundland. History sees this dog dating back as far as 1800 BC; however it is thought that the breed probably originated much earlier in Asia or Siberia.  As the breed gradually gained popularity with the French nobility as a guard dog in the late 17th century, every French noble wanted to own one where it was used to protect vulnerable flocks from such predators as wolves and bears.  Born to live in the mountains, this versatile breed also served man in other ways such as an avalanche rescue dog, a cart-puller and sled dog, a pack dog on ski trips, and as a companion and defender of family and property. 



The Great Pyrenees is highly devoted to its family and is capable of being an imposing guardian but somewhat wary of strangers - human or canine. Courageous, very loyal and obedient, this gentle dog is very affectionate with those he loves and children if it has been raised with them.  When not provoked, they are calm, well- mannered, and somewhat serious, but do have somewhat of an independent nature and can become stubborn and territorial if not socialized and trained correctly. These dogs need to have adequate dog training to ensure a happy household. Generally good with non-canine animals, they usually like cats. These dogs do not reach maturity until they are about 2 years old.  Some Pyrenees are not good off the leash and may wander away.  These dogs tend to bark a lot, drool and slobber.



Height:  63-81cm  (25-32in)

Weight:  38-45kg  (83-100lb)

The Great Pyrenees is very large with a solid muscular body.  It has a weather resistant outer coat which is long, coarse, either straight or slightly wavy and a fine undercoat that is soft and thick.  The colours of their coat come in solid white, or white with patches of tan, wolf-gray or pale yellow.  A distinctive feature is the double dewclaws on their front and hind legs and their long, feathered, plumed tail which curves slightly upward at the tip.



To keep their long double coat, which does not mat when in good condition, regular brushing is recommended however, extra care will be required when this dog has its annual shedding of its dense undercoat.  Only bath or dry shampoo these dogs when necessary. If you don't have the time to bath or groom your dog, your local  dog grooming parlour provides these services.


Life Expectancy

10 Years


Health Concerns

These dogs are prone to hip dysplasia and if exposed to very hot weather can develop debilitating skin problems. Also always try to feed quality dog food to ensure a healthy happy dog.



The Pyrenees are not recommended for apartment life and as they are not active indoors, they need space to get regular exercise outdoors or in a mid-to-large sized yard.  Preferring the cooler climates and being able to adapt well to family life, they love to be taken for long walks with their owner so they can get the exercise they require to stay in shape.

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