Dog Profiles - Description of Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees

Description: The Great Pyrenees gives the distinct impression of elegance and unsurpassed beauty combined with great overall size and majesty. He has a weather resistant coat that will allows him to withstand intense cold temperatures. He needs human companionship and attention and lots of space. The Great Pyrenees will not do well with apartment dwellers. He is a pleasant, gentle breed of enormous size, extremely intelligent, loyal to his family.

Height: 26-32 inches

Weight: 90-125 lbs.

Colors: White

Coat: Long and coarse textured with a profuse undercoat of very fine hair.

Temperament: Watchful, loyal. Usually gentle, makes an great playmate for children. Protective of own pets, will chase others away. Very good watch-dog. Very good guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Daily brushing of his long double coat, extra grooming during shedding. Bathing only when necessary. Needs plenty of exercise but a large yard with ample space to roam will give him enough exercise.

Training: Must be well trained. Learning Rate: Medium, Smart, but must respect owner.

Activity: Medium, but must be exercised daily. Long walks are good.

Living Environment: Rural or suburban is best. Should live with a family and have a job to do. Needs human companionship and attention.

Health Issues: Usually very healthy, may suffer from hip dysplasia, hot spot skin conditions, epilepsy.

Life Span: 10-12 years

Litter Size: 6-10

Country of Origin: France

History: He is one of the oldest of the natural breeds dating back to about 3000 B.C. He was developed in the Pyrenees for rugged mountain work, guarding flocks against wolves and bears and drawing sleds. He was also said to have been used as a guard dog of sheep and chateaux. A favorite at the French court prior to the French Revolution.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 2), KC(GB), UKC