IS A GREAT PYRENEES RIGHT FOR YOU?
The Great Pyrenees is known as the “Gentle Giant”. They are wonderful family dogs and are very loyal. The Great Pyrenees is very even-tempered and loves attention, especially from children. They are very intelligent, but they can also be very independent and willful so they need consistent training. If you are looking for a dog who will be an “off leash” companion and will follow your every command, then the Pyrenees is probably not for you. They also have a natural tendency to roam, so it is important that when left outside in the yard all gates are closed and locked.
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Do Great Pyrenees Shed? YES -The Great Pyrenees does shed all year. This shedding can be minimized through routine grooming and regular brushing to remove dead hair, but it never stops completely.
Do Great Pyrenees Bark A Lot? YES -The Great Pyrenees was originally bred to be a livestock guard dog. They can bark as a reaction to unusual noises, but the amount of barking varies for each dog, with some dogs barking more than others.
Why do Pyrenees puppies need to have adult dogs in the home? Great Pyrenees learn their role from other dogs. The breed was created to be livestock guardians and even that role is not trained by humans, but by older dogs already successfully engaged in the work. The older dogs teach the appropriate behavior and this applies not only to working Pyrs, but family pets as well. As a rule the breed is not a "people pleaser" (like a Retriever or Lab). Pyrs tend to learn more from interacting with other dogs rather than their people. They learn appropriate dog interaction and socialization, they learn that biting hurts etc... Sadly, if not properly socialized as puppies they can become very difficult teens and adults.
Are Great Pyrenees Aggressive Guard Dogs? NO - They will normally accept anyone whom you invite into your home, but their physical size can be intimidating to a first time visitor. Properly socialized pyrs are not attack dogs and are usually very responsible in exercising their guarding instincts. They do have guardian instincts against predators.
LIFESPAN: 10-12 years w/ few major genetic problems