|About the Great Pyrenees dog breed:|
The Great Pyrenees is a large breed that has a powerfully built body. The external coat is coarse and extensive in length, while the undercoat is smooth and dense. The coat of the Great Pyrenees allows them to live in extreme weather conditions. The acceptable coat colors for this breed include yellow, gray, and white, and patches of tan are allowed as well. These dogs have eyes that are shaped like almonds, and they should be brown in color. The Great Pyrenees has an appearance that could be likened to a bear. The chest is wide, and the head has the shape of a wedge. The ears are moderate in length. The muzzle should be broad, and the teeth should form a scissors bite.
The Great Pyrenees are related to the St. Bernard. As the name suggests, these dogs originate in France near the Pyrenees mountain range. They have been used as guard dogs for many years, and are one of the oldest breeds in Europe.
Also Known As
Chien de Montagne des Pyrenees
Chien des Pyrenee
Montanes del Pirineo
Pyrenean Mountain Dog
The Great Pyrenees is a reliable dog that has a formidable presence. While it is loyal to those that care for it, it will be cautious around strange humans or animals. Because of their size and protective instincts, these dogs have frequently been used to guard cattle. However, these dogs are calm around those they love. They have been bred to work, and they have a no nonsense demeanor. These dogs are not playful or comical like other breeds. It will function well with children that are introduced to them while they are puppies.
As the Great Pyrenees is a large breed of dog, hip dysplasia is a problem which is frequently seen with this breed. Some may also develop skin disorders if they live in climates that are exceptionally warm. The Great Pyrenees has a maximum life expectancy of 10 years.
It is important for this breed to get exercise on a consistent basis. While the exercises donít need to be intense, they must be done regularly. These dogs are too large to live in apartments, and were not bred to live in small spaces. Owners will need to give them a large yard. These dogs will perform best in cool environments, and care should be taken to protect them in hot weather.
Special Grooming Needs
These dogs have elaborate coats that owners will want to brush regularly. However, when the Great Pyrenees begins to shed, their coats will need extensive amounts of care. These dogs will shed large amounts of fur.