KC Group: pastoral
Size: x large
Good with children?: seek breeder advice
Exercise requirement: moderate
Good guard dogs?: yes
Moulting level: high
Jogging partner: no
The Pyrenean Mountain Dog's roots can be traced back to before the Bronze Age. They belong to the pastoral group and have been used to guard sheep and cattle in the inhospitable climate of the mountainous regions of Southern Europe.
The first Pyrs kept as pets had rather assertive, warrior like personalities but are now kind natured, patient and noble due to generations of selective breeding. They are courageous, affectionate and mix well with children and like to be included in all family activities. However, they can be aggressive towards other dogs of a similar size and to strangers making excellent guard dogs Their size and tendency to bark a lot make them unsuitable for urban areas. They are highly intelligent and can be stubborn, so it is important to train them from an early age.
Extra large. The average height for bitches is 65-72cm and for dogs is 70-80cm. The Breed Standard weight for bitches is 40-55kg and for dogs is 50-60kg.
Pyrs are highly resistant to disease. They are susceptible to bone and joint related problems due to their size. Deafness is also known in the breed due to the colouration of their coats. You can expect them to live up to 11-15 years.
Their history as a working dog has meant they have developed as a well-balanced breed requiring little special attention.
Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.
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