Great Pyrenees

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Great Pyrenees

ORIGIN

The Pyrenean Mountain Dog , known as the Great Pyrenees in North America, is a large breed of dog used as a livestock guardian dog. The Great Pyrenees is a very old breed that has been used for hundreds of years by shepherds, including those of the Basque people, who inhabit parts of the region in and around the Pyrenees Mountains of southern France and northern Spain. One of the first descriptions of the breed dates from 1407.

TEMPERAMENT

Confident, gentle (especially with children), and affectionate. While territorial and protective of its flock or family when necessary, its general demeanor is of composure and patience and loyalty. It is a strong willed, independent and reserved breed. It is also attentive, quite fearless and loyal to its duties. The Great Pyrenees can be slow to learn new commands, slow to obey, and somewhat stubborn to train.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Average, the breed needs moderate exercise but tends to be somewhat lazy especially in warm weather.

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

From 69 to 81 cm (M) and 64 to 74 cm (F) / From 50 to 54 kg (M) and 39 to 45 kg (F).

COAT

The weather-resistant double coat consists of a long, flat, thick, outer coat of coarse hair, straight or slightly undulating, and lying over a dense, fine, woolly undercoat.

COLOR

The main coat color is white and can have varying shades of gray, red (rust), or tan around the face (including a full face mask), ears and sometimes on the body and tail.

GROOMING

Considerable. When domesticated, the Great Pyrenees’ coat needs brushing once or twice a month.

(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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