Belonging to the AKC’s Working Group, the Great Pyrenees or Pyrs were bred to protect livestock from wolves and other predators in the mountains. These are very loving dogs, and they are smart and patient too, with a calm temperament.
Sounds like the perfect pooch? Read on to learn more about the Great Pyrenees breed.
In terms of size, Great Pyrenees stand 25-32 inches tall and weigh 85-100 pounds or more. The average life expectancy for a Great Pyrenees is 10-12 years.
A Great Pyrenees is highly affectionate with family members and quite playful too. These dogs do reasonably well with young kids and other dogs, provided they are trained appropriately and receive early and appropriate socialization as puppies.
While moderately open to strangers, the Great Pyrenees has a very protective nature and is therefor an excellent watchdog. This breed can adapt to changes in routine to some degree.
The exercise and mental stimulation requirements of a Great Pyrenees are moderate. While these dogs are reasonably energetic, they are not overly so. They need some exercise but not a whole lot (they were historically bred to conserve energy in case of an attack on livestock under their watch). A Great Pyrenees will bark on occasion but this is not a very vocal breed.
A Great Pyrenees can be trained but gets easily bored, so you’ll have to keep the tasks interesting.
Great Pyrenees have a medium-length double coat that sheds a lot. The coat needs to be brushed at least once a week to keep it healthy. A Great Pyrenees can drool on occasion but not to the point that you always need to have a towel on hand.
All in all, the Great Pyrenees is a large and powerful working dog that was bred to protect farm animals. They are loving, gentle, calm companions that act as reliable guardians for family members. Their thick waterproof coat makes them suitable for colder climates.
If you think that the Great Pyrenees is the right breed for your family and lifestyle, Puppy Hero is the right place to be. We have the contact information for the best Great Pyrenees breeders in the country, so you can be sure you’re bringing home a happy, healthy puppy who will provide years of loving companionship.