Weight: 90 - 132 lbs.
Height: 26" - 32"
Life Span: 9 - 11 years
Health Problems: Hip dysplasia; prone to skin conditions in very hot climates
Origin: France (Ancient Times)
Also Known As: Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Chien de Montagne Pyrenees, Great Pyrenean
Group: Guardian / Herding
Category: Companion Dog, Guard Dog
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.
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.
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.
Compatibility with Kids
Does best with children when raised with them from early puppyhood.
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.
Great Pyrenees are not recommended for apartment life. It is a large breed that requires some space, it needs outdoor room for play and exercise and prefers cool climates.