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Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees, also known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, is a large breed of dog that was bred mainly for use as a livestock guardian dog. The breed originated from the Pyrenees mountains on the border of France and Spain. They are a very old breed, having been used by shepherds for hundreds of years. Predominantly white in color, the Great Pyrenees is a powerful dog with a strong and sturdy build. The body is slightly longer than it is tall and the chest is fairly broad. The coat is thick and weather resistant.


The Great Pyrenees is loyal and devoted to its owner and family. If socialized from a young age, the Great Pyrenees will bond well with children and other pets and dogs. It is very protective of its family and territory and can be very wary of strangers, be they human or canine. This makes the dog a fantastic guard dog. This breed is very calm and even-tempered when in familiar company and is also gentle and affectionate. It is a very brave and courageous breed of dog that would defend its family to the death. The Great Pyrenees is highly intelligent and easy to train if the owner is firm, but gentle and calm. This dog's somewhat independent nature can make it stubborn at times.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Dogs 27-32 inches (69-81cm) Bitches 25-29 inches (63-74cm)

    Weight: Dogs from 100 pounds (45kg) Bitches from 85 pounds (38kg)

  • Health Problems

    The Great Pyrenees can suffer from hip dysplasia, bone cancer and can develop skin issues in very high temperatures. They are also prone to bloat. Care should be taken not to over exercise the Great Pyrenees when the weather is warmer.

  • Living Conditions

    As a dog that needs its space, the Great Pyrenees is not recommended for apartment life. They do much better in larger households that have a yard or garden in which the dog can exercise.

  • Exercise

    As a working breed, the Pyrenees needs plenty of exercise to stay in the best shape. They are happiest with a job to do, however, failing this, if they are taken on long and brisk daily walks, they should be fine. Play time is also essential to stimulate the dog's mind.

  • Life Expectancy

    The life expectancy is, on average, around 10 years.

  • Litter Size

    The Average litter size is 9.

  • Grooming

    The coat will need a regular brushing to keep it in good condition. Take extra care when the dog is shedding the undercoat. These dogs tend to shed moderately all year round and do so very heavily once a year. Bathe or dry shampoo when necessary.

  • Group

    Flock Guard, AKC Working

  • Recognition