TRAITS

Personality: Calm, patient, smart; strong-willed yet affectionate, we have had many dogs over the years but by far the personality of these beat them all

Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Not a particularly active dog, but these big guys need their exercise

Good with Children: Better with Supervision, only because their size makes it easy to knock over little ones

Good with other Dogs: With Supervision, or if socialized early with many dogs and breeds

Shedding: Seasonal, and takes a good amount of time, large trash bag and a furminator or similar comb/brush

Grooming: Occasional, matts yes but bathing not so much they seem to be magic they come in full of mud and next day their white again

Trainability: Independent, we found remote collar training effective

Height: 27-32 inches (male), 25-29 inches (female)

Weight: 100 pounds & up (male), 85 pounds & up (female)

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Barking Level: Likes To Be Vocal, but mainly barks for something in the yard that shouldn’t be NOT so great for little neighborhoods with a lot of night activity

 

HISTORY

Origin: France

Year Recognized: 1933

Breed History & Job Description: Pyrs were bred centuries ago to work with shepherds and herding dogs in the Pyrenees Mountains, the natural border between France and Spain. The Pyr’s job was and still is today across many farms, to watch the flock and deter predators, whether wolves, bears, or livestock rustlers. Their innate patience came in handy when sitting atop a freezing-cold mountain for days on end with nothing to do but look at sheep. Their courage when defending the flock is legendary.