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Great Pyrenees

Gentleness, elegance and majestic appearance (other names: Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Chien des Pyrénées, Chien de Montagne des Pyrénées, Mastin del Pirineo)

Great Pyrenees
origin:France
life expectancy:9-11 years
classification:Herding
height:63 to 81 cm
weight:38 to 57 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Difficultclimate: Coldin/out: Outdoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Demandingsize: Giant
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History [ edit ]

The Great Pyrenees, also known as Pyrenean Mountain Dog, is, as its name suggests, a very large breed of dog. It is a very old breed. Remains of a dog similar to the Great Pyrenees have been discovered in Europe dating as far back as 1800 B.C. and although the Pyrenees mountains of Europe are considered to be its native land its ancestors were problably the Hungarian Kuvasz, the Turkish Karabash, the Slovakian Kuvac and the Italian Maremmano-Abruzzese. Until the Middle Ages The Great Pyrenees remained in the high mountain regions where they were traditionally used by nomad shepherds for flock guarding of whom they were fantastic allies once Great Pyrenees are absolutely intolerante for all predators while being extremelly patient and kind to its stock. By the 17th century this breed became quite popular as a guard dog among French nobility. Armed with a spiky collar The Great Pyrenees protected their flocks from predation by bears and wolves. With time, this versatile dog´s temperament became gentler and it has been used as a sled dog, avalanche rescue dog, cart-puller and pack dog on ski trips. Its great size does not make it suitable for apartment life but it is a good household member providing it may enjoy of some open space.
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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Great Pyrenees is a white, giant, well balanced dog of unsurpassed elegance and majestic appearance, resembling a brown bear except for its light coloring.The body, solid and muscular, is slightly longer than it is tall. It has a mod fairly broad chest and well sprung ribs, oval in shape sufficiently deep to reach the elbows. The topline is level and the Back and loin are broad and strong with some tuck-up.The wedge-shaped, large, and long head is not heavy in proportion to the size of the dog and the skull is slightly rounded. The muzzle is wide and slightly pointed, blending smoothly with the skull with no apparent stop. The cheeks are flat and lips are not pendent. The nose and the lips are black.The amber eyes are small, almond shaped, set slightly obliquely and have a serene, intelligent, thoughtful and dignified expression. Between the eyes there is a slight furrow. The ears are small, triangular and pendant and set at eye level, V-shaped with rounded tips.They are carried low, and close to the head.The tail is long, feathered, and curves upward slightly at the tip. It is, carried low when thre dog is relaxed and may be carried over the back, when the animal is alert. The double coat has a long, coarse, outer coat that is either straight or slightly wavy and a dense, fine, woolly undercoat. The coat is weather resistant which allows it to live outdoors year round in very harsh climates. The coat is more profuse about the neck and shoulders. Great Pyrenees come in solid white, or white with patches of tan, wolf-gray or pale yellow.
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Great Pyrenees is a confident, gentle, and devoted dog, a territorial and imposing guardian, very protective of his flock or family and quite reserved with strangers, human or others. If not provoked his general demeanor is one of quiet composure, both patient and tolerant with children although it does best when it is raised with them from puppyhood. The Great Pyrenees is strong willed and independent and it may be slightly difficult to train. Socialization with other animals should start at an early age, otherwise specially the male dogs can be aggressive with other animals. They tend to bark a lot and need patient training, which should be as much fun as possible; because Great Pyrenees are quick learners, they bore easily and can get very turned off by repetition. These dogs do not reach maturity until they are about two years old. They need human companionship and make great family dogs but they are best suited for households with a large yard.
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Health [ edit ]

Great Pyrenees are a breed relatively free of health problems but they are prone to hip dysplasia and can develop skin problems in very hot weather.
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Dog trivia [ edit ]

No breed of dog should be left tied. It promotes aggressiveness and other personality problems. Furthermore, it can be dangerous once the dog may wrap himself in the chain and get injured.
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28.10
Dogfan22 said:
i like this breed :)
20.08
Greatdogs said:
a Great pyrenees are a very gorgeous and friendly breed to have home. I now that because I owned a grat pyrenées girl and she was so gorgeous girl and I miss her so much
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