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GENERALBreed group: Working Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Carting, Guarding, Sledding, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Large Weight: 100 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black & White, Brown & White, Gray / Salt & Pepper, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: About 10 ÃÂ 12 years Rarity: Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Good for every climate
The Great Pyrenees comes from the Kuvasz and the Maremmano-Abruzzese. This dog is native from France and was used as a guard dog for sheep and cattle. Back in 1800 B.C., a dog similar to the Great Pyrenees had been discovered in Europe. The breed probably first came from Asia or Siberia, but when established in Europe, it stayed in the mountainous regions until the middle ages. The dog became a noble guard dog as it gained popularity. In the 17th century, every French noble wanted a Great Pyrenees. It was used to protect owners from bears and wolves. Later on, this breed was used for rescue operations from avalanches, as a sled dog, as a pack dog, as a cart-puller and as a guardian. It may have been used as a war dog in ancient time when it was less gentle. It was officially recognized by the AKC in 1933.
The Great Pyrenees can be white, white with gray markings, reddish brown or different shades of tan. Markings can appear on the ears, on the tail and on the body and a full face mask can also be seen.
The coat of this breed is double coated consisting a long, flat, thick, weather resistant. The outer coat has a coarse hair, straight or slightly undulating while the undercoat is dense, fine and woolly.
The Great Pyrenees, suspicious of strangers, is a very imposing guardian, devoted to its family and capable of self-sacrifice if needed. This dog is courageous, loyal and obedient, but it can also be very stubborn. It tends to be gentle and affectionate, somewhat independent, with the family. This is a good breed for children but it does better when it's raised with them. This dog is also used for livestock guarding. Calm when not provoked, this dog is well-mannered and serious. The Great Pyrenees tends to be dominant with a less strict owner. These dogs usually get along very well with other non-canine pets, especially cats. Their puppyhood lasts only two years.
The Great Pyrenees is prone to hip dysplasia and may develop skins problem in warmer weathers. A regular brushing is demanded to keep the coat in a good condition. The Great Pyrenees heavily sheds once a year, an extra care should be taken during this period. Bathe this dog only when necessary.
The Great Pyrenees needs to have leash training, to learn the meaning of 'no' and to learn how to act in the family house at an early age by using positive reinforcement. To socialize the dog at a very young age is also very important.
The Great Pyrenees needs regular exercise to be stay in shape and be healthy.