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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.

Some good websites to read while researching this breed are:

LINK:   So You Want a Great Pyrenees? - It's Dog or Nothing

LINK :   Great Pyrenees

COMMON QUESTIONS:

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.

 

BREED STANDARDS

LIFESPAN: 10-12 years w/ few major genetic problems
HEIGHT: Males 27"-32”; Females 25”-29”
WEIGHT: Males 100 lbs @ 27”; Females 85 lbs @ 25"
HEAD: The width and length of the skull are about equal. The muzzle blends smoothly with the skull. The cheeks are flat. The eyes are a rich dark brown and almond shaped; set slightly oblique. Eyelids are close fitting with black rims. A slight furrow exists between the eyes. The bony eyebrow ridges are only slightly developed. Lips are tight fitting with the upper lip just covering the lower lip. There is a strong lower jaw. The nose and lips are black.
EARS: Of small to medium size and carried low, flat and close to the head. They almost disappear by blending into the fur of the neck and ruff. Shaped in a blunted triangle.
TAIL: Normally, carried low in repose. It should hang down so that the last bone of the tail reaches at least to the hock. A kink (Shepard’s crook) with one or two bones angled away from the straight tailbone alignment is acceptable. When in motion, the tail is carried either over the back or low.
COAT: Double coated with a flat, thick, coarse outer coat and a seasonal undercoat grown in the fall to provide warmth. It is a dense growth of fine, woolly textured hair and typically shed in the spring. Male’s coats tend to be longer and more profuse, with thicker ruffs around neck and shoulder. Coats should be straight or slightly waving (never curly or standing out from the body).
COLOR: White or white with markings of gray, badger, reddish brown or varying shades of tan. Markings of varying size may appear on the ears, head (including a full face mask), tail and a few body spots. The undercoat may be white or shaded.
TEMPERAMENT: Confident, gentle and affectionate. While territorial and protective of their flock or family (when necessary), the general demeanor is one of quiet composure, patience and tolerance. They are strong-willed, independent and somewhat reserved, yet attentive, fearless and loyal to their charges (both human and animal).