Berger des Pyrenees
Breeding group : Herding
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GENERALBreed group: Herding Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Agility, Herding, Retrieving, Tracking, Tricks, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 15-32 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Black & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Light Brown / Golden, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 14-15 years Rarity: Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Not good for cold climate
The Berger des Pyrénées is also called 'Pyrenean Shepherd', 'Petit Berger' or 'Pyrenees Sheepdog'. Nick named 'Pyr Shep', is a herding dog originating in southern mountains of France. It is the smallest of the French herding dogs with a height between 15-21 inches and weigh between 15-32 lbs. The dog comes in two face varieties; Rough-faced and Smooth-faced. It is a small, sinewy, lean and lively dog whose sparkling personality and quicksilver intelligence are reflected in vibrant expressions of his unique triangular head and windswept face. The head of Berger des Pyrénées is triangular and small in proportion to the body. Almond-shaped eyes are open and very expressive. The moderate size ears can be cropped or uncropped. The skull is almost flat on top. Muzzle is straight and slightly shorter than skull. The neck is long and arched. The back is level and loins are slightly arched. The body is long. The tail may be docked, natural bob or naturally long. Forelegs are muscular and lean. The hind legs provide parallel columns of support from hips to hock. The coat can be any of two basic varieties; the smooth-faced coat and the rough-faced coat. Shades of fawn, brindle and shades of gray are most common colours for Berger des Pyrénées. This dog is recognized by AKC, FCI, CKC, KC(UK) and UKC.
Most common colours for Berger des Pyrénées are various shades of fawn, from tan to copper ,with or without black mask; gray ranging from charcoal to silver to pearl grey; Merle of diverse tones; brindle; black; black with white markings. A little white is acceptable on the chest, head and on the feet.
The coat has two basic varieties; the smooth-faced coat and the rough-faced coat. The smooth-faced variety has short, fine hairs on the muzzle, with a modest ruff around the face and neck and some feathering along legs, tail and belly. The Rough-faced has longer hair on face and muzzle and long or semi-long coarse hair on rest of the body. The rough-faced can also form cords over his hindquarters and front legs.
Developed for herding purposes, the Berger des Pyrénées or pyr Shep is a natural born herding dog that does not need to learn the art. These dogs can successfully herd the cattle from a very young age without any example of an older dog. The dog is surprisingly intelligent in that it knows what to do with changing circumstances and can problem-solve on its own. A very sensitive dog, it has a surprising ability to read its master's mood and can adapt according to it. The pyr Shep is a one man's dog and attaches itself strongly with its owner though it is very gentle and loving to its whole family. The dog has a built-in need to be working and will follow its master to every part of the house to assist in daily chores in whatever way possible. The dog has a very alert and protective nature which makes it an ideal herding breed as it can point to a predator very early. The pyr Shep is aloof towards strangers and can be aggressive towards them due to strong protective instincts. Socialization with people and places and obedience training is a must for this dog. Its cleverness and problem-solving attitude makes it a very good dog for different dog sports like flyball, competitive obedience and agility. The pyr Shep is very gentle and kind to children, specially if it is raised with them. It makes an excellent family pet and herding, watch and guard dog.
Weekly brushing and a check for burrs or mats is all the grooming that the Berger des Pyrénées needs.
The Berger des Pyrénées is a very intelligent dog and it can be easily trained. Eager to please its owner and sensitive to his mood, the dog displays remarkable learning qualities.
The Berger des Pyrénées is very energetic dog and is happiest when assigned a job to do. Need for physical activities is high in this small dog. It can readily take part in different dog activities like dog agility trials, obedience, showmanship, flyball and tracking events. It can be a good companion during hiking, jogging, walking and other activities.