The Great Pyrenees!

The Great Pyrenees has a large head, drooping rounded ears and a long plumed tail. However, the head is not heavy in proportion to its size. There is sufficient bone and muscle providing balance to its frame. Its double coat is weather resistant consisting of a long, flat, thick, outer coat of coarse hair over a dense, wooly undercoat. Its movements are smooth and elegant that suggests power and agility. It is an ancient breed who got its name from the mountain range in Southwestern Europe. Also known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog in the United Kingdom, it is called Le Chien de Montagne des Pyrenees or Le Chien des Pyrenees in its native France. It is in the Pyrenees Mountains where the breed developed its characteristics of a unique flock guardian dog.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
10-12 years

Energy Level:

Living Conditions:
Needs ample space both indoors and out.


Exercise Needs:
Daily outdoor activities.

Breed Group:

Large & Tall

25 to 32 inches

85 to 115 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
White; can have markings of gray, badger, reddish brown or varying shades of tan.

National breed club:
The Great Pyrenees Club of America

Great Pyrenees Skills

The Great Pyrenees was originally bred to protect sheep. At present, it has become a trusted companion and family dog. It is proving itself as a versatile breed as it is fast gaining popularity as therapy and rescue dogs. One of its special abilities is the capability to identify predators and unwelcome visitors. Long after the bears and wolves have gone from the mountains, the Great Pyrenees continue to guard homes, property and large estates.

Great Pyrenees Personality

The Great Pyrenees is territorial and protective of its flock and family. It is by nature confident, gentle and affectionate while being strong willed, independent and fearless at the same time. It exhibits quiet composure, patience and tolerance in its dealings with humans and fellow animals. The lonely mountain pastures has taught this breed the devotion and understanding he possess for mankind.

Exercise Needs

Regular exercise would benefit a Great Pyrenees due to their natural instinct of patrolling a large territory. It is important for it to enjoy outdoors activities as a bored and lonely dog of this breed can be destructive.

Living Conditions

It is in a farm or other similar environment where the Great Pyrenees thrives best. It is recommended to provide the dog a quiet place of its own. For urban living, a well fenced yard is a must. A small apartment or home with a small yard may not be able to provide sufficient space for its activities.

Grooming Requirements

It is necessary to have a weekly grooming routine and inspection for a Great Pyrenees. A wire card brush can be used to pick-up any loose hairs. Sometimes called the most beautiful dog, it is endowed with a coat that sheds dirt and makes grooming fairly easy. It will enjoy occasional baths and dry cleaning.

Health Issues

The Great Pyrenees is basically a healthy and long lived breed. Some areas to be checked regularly are the presence of worms and other parasites, ear infections and fungus between toes. This breed has a low metabolism and sensitive to anesthesia. It may be prone to hip dysplasia.

If you liked this dog…

...then it is possible that you would like a Newfoundland. It is believed to have originated from a cross between the Great Pyrenees and the ancestors of the Labrador Retriever. It is also kept mainly as a pet and guard dog.

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