The Great Pyrenees or the Pyrenean Mountain Dog is an amazing dog breed – soft, white and fluffy. And if you think the adults are impressive; wait till you see the puppies! They are literal balls of fluff and are sure to tug at your heartstrings. Here is a brief guide to help you understand your intelligent and calm Great Pyrenees.
Size, Weight and Physical Features
This a proportionate dog with height at withers ranging from 27 to 32 inches for males and from 25 to 29 inches for females. A male dog will weigh about 100 pounds and females up to 85 pounds. Pyrenees are generally white and sometimes have markings of gray, brown or tan. He possesses a keen intelligence and kindly, regal expression. This is a dog with elegance and unsurpassed beauty.
Where to find a Great Pyrenees
There are many places a person can adopt a Pyr from. Buying always comes with some risks but with some information and you can increase your chances of purchasing a Pyr that will fit well in your home. The Great Pyrenees Club of America is a great place to look for Great Pyrenees breeders. When given a choice between whether to adopt or buy a puppy and an adult dog, most potential dog owners settle for youth. After all; puppies are easier to fit into our homes, can be trained and are less likely to have health issues. However, there are many subtle and not so subtle differences when it comes to buying from breeders. A good breeder will ensure Great Pyrenees with sweet temperament and you can also get health guarantee. If you choose to adopt an adult, then note that he may have already formed his opinions and basic impressions about humans. Great Pyrenees Rescue is a good place to find adult rescue dogs.
Great Pyrenees Temperament
- The breed is known to have a willful and dominating streak which can become an issue when the dog is not given some basic obedience training.
- Great Pyrs are generally not aggressive towards humans but they can be territorial and protective of their flock and family.
- Make sure you socialize your pet from the beginning so he or she will know how to behave towards people.
- Temperament is usually acquired behavior; so provide your pet with a good environment to reinforce good temperament.
- Great Pyrenees need plenty of training and it helps if their owners are not timid or easily challenged.
- This is a smart, gentle, self-confident, independent, loyal and courageous dog.
Pyrenees wool has a great demand and is used for making sweaters etc. Regular grooming is a weekly commitment; owners must make it a point to brush the coat at least once a week. Brushing regularly will remove loose and dead hair. The coat is water and dirt resistant, so bathe your dog only when absolutely needed. Shedding is once a year phenomenon though some Pyrs may shed all year round. Warm baths can release the shedding hair.
Apart from bathing and brushing, you must check your dog’s ears every few weeks. Also trim the nails if they are not naturally worn down. Brush your pet’s teeth once a week to eliminate plaque and tartar.
Lifespan and diseases
Great pyrs have a lifespan of 9-12 years. They are susceptible to hip dysplasia and joint problems. Keep your pet well exercised-outdoor walking or jogging twice a day for 45-60 minutes is useful in keeping your pet healthy. Regular vet checkups are a must.
It is important to feed your Pyrenees a high quality dog food. Do not cut corners when it comes to buying dog food as cheap ones will not make your pet’s coat gleam or your puppy grow up healthy. Remember: dogs do not get bored eating the same food over and over. For variety, you can give home cooked dog food based on recipes given here.