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Short History of the Breed This breed has was developed in the Pyrenees Mountain range in south-western France. It was a livestock guardian, watching over flocks of sheep in the steep, hilly terrain. These dogs work independently of humans and live with the flock that they protect. The Great Pyrenees became the court dog of France under Louis XIV. The breed was established in North America in 1931 and earned AKC registration in 1933.
Physical Description and Size
The Great Pyrenees is a very large breed. It ranges from 27 to 35 inches at the withers and is about half again long as it is tall. It weighs between 85 and 120 lbs. Its coat is white, however markings, particularly a mask, of grey, badger, reddish-grey and tan, are common. This breed is also distinguished by having a double set of dewclaws on the back legs.
The Great Pyrenees is truly a gentle giant. In a household setting, they are confident, affectionate and are wonderful (And patient) with children. They can be reserved with and wary of strangers, but readily accept guests invited into the home. Pyrenees are outstanding guard dogs, with a loud, deep bark. This is an intelligent breed with an instinctive independence that results from its work guarding sheep. Pyrs can be headstrong because of this and obedience training is a must.
Pyrenees shed copious amounts of fur seasonally and a certain amount year-round. If you do not vacuum often, a patina of dog hair will appear on your carpet. Brushing at least once a week ensures a healthy coat and eliminates tangles in the undercoat, which can be painful to the dog.
Health Issues and Life Expectancy
Great Pyrenees are susceptible to the usual large breed health issues- hip dysplasia, stomach torsion (Bloat), cancer, and skin problems.
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