Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees information

The Mountain Great Pyrenees is a herding dog who has been trained to guard livestock.

He is a good natured dog who love his owners to bits but can be wary to strangers. Due to his origins, he will need strong leadership from his owner.

Great Pyrenees characteristics

The Great Pyrenees has a white long haired coat. His outer coat, being very thick, protects him from extreme weather conditions.

The Great Pyrenees measures 25 to 32 inches and weight from 38 to 45 Kilos.

Great Pyrenees grooming

A Great Pyrenees will need to be brushed at least twice a week. Brushing your dog regularly will help you ensuring your dog's hair is free for tangle. It is also advised to bath your dog a few times a year. However, it is best not to bath your dog too often as a natural grease builds up onto your dog's coat to protect him from extreme weather conditions.

The ears of the dog should also be checked regularly to prevent infections.

Great Pyrenees temperament

The Great Pyrenees has a strong character and is not easy to train. Being a Shepherd dog, he likes to take his own decisions. Great Pyrenees are very active dogs who need a lot of exercise. They will need a big fenced garden where they can exercise. Great Pyrenees like to explore their surroundings and can jump pretty high also it is necessary to secure your garden with a high fence.

At home, the Great Pyrenees is a good and affectionate companion. He also is a good watch dog as he will notify his owner from strangers approaching the house. The Great Pyrenees can, sometimes, be over protective of the family. An early socialization is, therefore, recommended.

At night, their natural instinct of guardians comes into effect and subsequently, they often bark heavily. Their strong bark can be considered as a nuisance by close neighbours. As a result, this large dog is not suitable for a life in an apartment or in a housing estate.

Great Pyrenees training

Great Pyrenees tends to be dominant also it is necessary to give them a consistent training. Great Pyrenees puppies will need strong leadership from their owner. They will constantly test their owner in trying to disobey.

Great Pyrenees require a large amount of exercise. When not challenged enough, they can adopt destructive behaviours. When going on a walk, it is recommended to let them on the lead. This independent dog breed is known to have a great interest in exploring his surroundings and will often not react to his owners calls. Also, being dominant, Great Pyrenees can be aggressive toward other animals.

Great Pyrenees food habits

Due to their slow metabolism, Adult Great Pyrenees have a moderate appetite. However, during their growth and throughout their life, they require to be fed a good quality aliment to remain healthy.

Great Pyrenees health

Like most large dog breeds, the Great Pyrenees can suffer from hip dysplasia. Also, breeders should bring their dogs to the vet for a complete examination before breeding.