Country of Origin: France
  • Activity Level: high
  • Grooming Level: moderate
  • Trainability: low
  • Adaptability: moderate
  • Kid/Pet Friendly: often
  • Average Size: Large
  • Average Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Prey Drive: high
  • Watchdog: very alert
  • Registered?: aca, akc
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Great Pyrenees Breed Profile

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Shoulder height: 25-32 inches. Weight: 90-150lbs.

They have a long thick coarse coat. Their coat colors are white, gray, and light tan

This breed tends to be quite good with children but does not tend to do well with other pets.

Great Pyrenees are known for being independently minded. This dog can also be very affectionate with their owners.

This breed requires daily brushing and extra grooming is needed during shedding.

This dog breed is highly intelligent, but they do not tend to be a good fit for novice dog owners. Great Pyrenees were bred to guard their livestock without requiring oversight. This, paired with their independent nature, makes standard obedience a boring task for the Pyr and a challenging one for dog owners. They can be indifferent to basic obedience commands as they don’t see the point of them and may show you how they feel about it with slow responses or no response at all. Puppy training classes are highly recommended with this dog breed.

As with all dogs, the Great Pyrenees needs socialization and lots of gentle, positive reinforcement. Because they were bred to be livestock guardians, they have an instinct to protect their “flock” and property. If not socialized or trained, their strong will, fearless personality, and protective nature can result in aggression towards other dogs, animals, and strangers that come near their property or family.

This dog needs plenty of exercise. They require daily walks and 1-2 hours of excercise a day.