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Dog Breed of the Week: Great Pyrenees

By November 14, 2012

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The Great Pyrenees is a massive and regal dog that is both powerful worker and gentle companion. Among the oldest of dog breeds, this working dog has a long history of guarding sheep and protecting homes. Pyrs were once beloved by French royalty and nobles. Perhaps this is because of their diligence combined with calm, gentle dispositions. Their beauty and grace was surely a reason as well.

Like most puppies and adolescent dogs, young Pyrs are very active. It takes training and patience to end up with a stoic, well-behaved adult dog. Fortunately, the intelligent Pyr is a fast learner. Above all, this dog is a worker that needs plenty of exercise. If you have the space and can provide the activity, the adaptable Pyr is most likely going to fit in well in your home. This breed typically does well with children and other pets.

Learn more about the Great Pyrenees and decide if this breed is right for you. If you have already shared your life with this wonderful breed, tell us about your Great Pyrenees!

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About the Photo: Patch, a 15 month old Great Pyrenees. Read Patch's Story

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