Great Pyrenees, also known as Pyrenean Mountain Dogs, will be gentle with their own families, but suspicious and watchful of strangers — they live to protect. Although these massive pooches are loving, majestic dogs, they can be quite a handful. Read on and make sure you’re ready for the commitment.
Male: 100-130 lbs. Female: 85-120 lbs.
Give this huge dog a moderate amount of exercise: a good walk once or twice each day. Access to a fenced-in backyard (or a dog park) where they can enjoy free play, is recommended. However, don’t overdo it in hot weather, because these dogs can overheat.
Be prepared for some major shedding. Hair will become an integral part of your furniture, your wardrobe and even your food. You’d better have a good vacuum cleaner, because you’ll be using it often.
Barking and Volume:
Because Great Pyrenees were originally bred to guard flocks, they are quick to “defend” the family from potential predators…loudly. They have great hearing and a broad definition of predators, so anything from squirrels to extended family could be considered a threat to these dogs. Don’t leave them alone outside for long, because their booming bark will disturb the neighbors.
These intelligent, stubborn dogs have minds of their own and it’s especially important to train them well because of their great size. You need to show them you’re in charge when they’re young. It’s also a good idea to try crate training because they can be destructive in the house when left alone. A puppy class is recommended.
Health Factors: The breed is susceptible to gastric torsion (bloat), hip and elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, cataracts, addison’s disease, patellar luxation and bone cancer. *A responsible breeder can help minimize the risks of genetic disorders.
Grooming: You won’t have to spend much extra money on grooming this breed. Brushing, baths and nail trimming can be at-home projects.
Training: Puppy classes are recommended. Start teaching him early on that you’re in charge and that too much barking is not welcome.
Brush your Great Pyrenees several times a week to maintain a healthy coat and to minimize shedding. This breed only requires a bath a few times a year. Oh, and trim his nails regularly–you’ll be thankful you did, when he jumps up to greet you.
These dogs absolutely love children — love to protect them, love to love them. Although they are big dogs, they are rarely aggressive and make great family pets. Do be careful when they’re around very small children and watch out for cases where they might try to protect your children from other children. What children see as playing might look like danger to one of these dogs. Supervision is recommended.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
Great Pyranees will often get along with other pets but they can become aggressive with same-sex dogs. This can be avoided, or at least minimized, with proper socialization starting from puppyhood.
Friendliness: Towards People
These loving, loyal dogs will be very affectionate towards their own family, but should be given tons of socialization to get used to different types of people.
BE PREPARED FOR: A loud-mouthed watchdog with a beautiful, long coat and a gentle demeanor.