- SIZE: 8
- GROOMING:: 5
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 4
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 6
- WATCHDOG: 5
- BREED: Great Pyrenees
- COLOR(S):White, with or without patches of badger, wolf-grey, tan or pale yellow.
Great Pyrenees dogs are very large animals with solid muscular bodies; they give the distinct impression of elegance and unsurpassed beauty combined with great overall size and majesty. They have weather resistant coats that allow them to withstand intense cold temperatures. This breed needs close human companionship, attention and lots of space. Great Pyrenees dogs will not do well with apartment dwellers. This breed is pleasant, gentle, loyal and extremely intelligent.
Great Pyrenees puppies and dogs are very loyal and devoted to their family even if self-sacrifice is required. They are gentle, serious, calm, and well mannered. They are courageous and obedient. Great Pyrenees dogs are very affectionate with those they love. They do best with children when they are raised with them from puppyhood. Great Pyrenees puppies and dogs have an independent, somewhat stubborn nature, and may try to dominate a less secure owner. They may be slightly difficult to train; they need consistent, patient owners. Great Pyrenees puppies and dogs are good with non-canine animals, and usually love cats. Socialization at an early age is important. Males can be aggressive with other animals. This dog does not reach maturity until it is about 2 years old. Some are not good off the leash and may wander away. This breed tends to bark a lot and some tend to drool and slobber. They need plenty of exercise to stay in shape.
Long and coarse textured with a profuse undercoat of very fine hair. Regular brushing will keep the coat in good condition, but extra care is needed when the dog is shedding its dense undercoat. The outer coat does not mat, so care is relatively easy. Bathe or dry shampoo only when necessary. Great Pyrenees puppies and dogs shed heavily once a year.
Great Pyrenees dogs are usually very healthy, but may suffer from hip dysplasia, hot spot skin conditions, and epilepsy. Other health concerns include entropion (inverted eyelids), luxating patellas, and bloat (gastric torsion; twisted stomach). Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Great Pyrenees can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests.
Great Pyrenees dogs need plenty of exercise but a large yard with ample space to roam will give them enough exercise. Rural or suburban living environments are best. Great Pyrenees dogs should live with a family and have a job to do. They need human companionship and attention. The best owner for this breed would be a family with a job for the Pyrenees to do in a rural or suburban home setting.
Great Pyrenees puppies and dogs must be well trained, so that they do not attack or guard against welcome people or animals.