Description: Bred to do just about anything that needed to be done in the mountains, it seems hard to believe that these dog craves being inside with his family/owners/handlers. Interestingly enough, this breed does well doing what it was bred to do, but can present challenges for obedience training, Be gentle and patient, because your Great Pyrenees has yet to see the point.
These dogs are levelheaded, attentive, vigilant, brave and intelligent with an independent streak to match. These dogs are not excessive barkers.
Other Names: Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Chien des Pyrenees, Chien de Montagne des Pyrenees
Height: 26 - 32 inches
Weight: 90 - 125 lbs.
Coat: Long and coarse textured with a profuse undercoat of very fine hair.
Temperament: Watchful, loyal
With Children: Usually gentle, makes an great playmate for children.
With Pets: Protective of own, will chase others away.
Watch-dog: Very High, will bark and if necessary, fight predators.
Care and Training: 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. 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 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.
First Registered by the AKC: 1933
AKC Group: Working