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At A Glance


Size: Giant

Weight: 90 - 132 lbs.

Height: 26" - 32"

Life Span: 9 - 11 years

Great Pyrenees

Also know as: Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Chien de Montagne Pyrénées, Great Pyrenean

Group: Working

Origin: France (Ancient Times)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Guard Dog

History and Facts: This breed is considered an aristocratic brother of two similar breeds: the St. Bernard and the Newfoundland. It is thought that the breed originated in ancient Asia or Siberia. It was later discovered and brought back to France where it was primarily used as a guard dog for flock animals. At the beginning of the 1800s, the breed was nearly extinct, but gradually became reestablished in France, Great Britain and North America.

Temperament / Behavior
The Great Pyrenees' devoted, well-mannered and serious nature stems from its history as a guard for sheep. The Great Pyrenees is gentle and loving towards those it knows, but can be wary of strangers and strange animals. It is considered a patient and noble breed, but can get defensive if it feels its territory is being invaded or one of its family members is being harmed. The breed can also be stubborn and independent, and may try to dominate an owner if it senses insecurity in that person. Usually great with kids, other dogs and cats.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Hip dysplasia; prone to skin conditions in very hot climates

Special Needs
Exercise: The Great Pyrenees is not very active inside, but appreciates moderate activity outside. Walks or play in a mid- to large-sized yard is best. Be aware that puppies are very active outside and may have a tendency to wander off or escape.

Grooming: Great Pyrenees shed heavily once a year but, otherwise, their coats are relatively easy to groom. Regular brushing of the long double coat is recommended to reduce shedding. The outer coat does not usually mat.

 

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