The Great Pyrenees was brought to the US in 1824, but was not recognized by the AKC until over 100 years later in 1933. It is known as the Pyrenees Mountain Dog in Europe and is still a keen worker to this day.
Males: 100-150 pounds
Height: 25 to 32 inches at the shoulder
About the Breed:
The Pyr has a long, thick outer coat that is primarily white and somewhat coarse, with a soft, woolly undercoat of white. This breed has a moderate to high shedding rate and requires routine grooming, especially a thorough brushing once or twice per week. Special care should be taken to prevent exposure to very hot temperatures, as the breed can easily overheat. Pyrs are also known as dogs that have extra dewclaws on their rear limbs.
Pyrs have a strong drive to work and protect. If not working dogs, they need a fair amount of exercise on a daily basis. Pyrs will benefit from some type of "job," such as guarding the home or obedience competition. In general, these are usually very calm, loyal and loving companions. Pyrs are also intelligent dogs that respond very well to training.
The Great Pyrenees is a gentle giant that is quite versatile. Typically, this breed gets along very well with children with proper training and socialization. This adaptable dog breed can make a very suitable companion for a variety of household types.
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