- Activity Level: moderate
- Grooming Level: high
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: high
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 10-15 years
- Prey Drive: high
- Watchdog: aware
Mini Pyredoodle Dog Breed Information
A Mini Pyredoodle is a cross between a Miniature Poodle and a Great Pyrenees. They are loyal dogs with a protective instinct that are devoted to their families. They tend to be affectionate with them and love nothing more than being around their favorite humans.
Mini Pyredoodles tend to be calm, fearless dogs with playful and pleasing personalities. As long as they are properly socialized and trained, they tend to get along well with children and other dogs. They can have a high prey drive, so they may need some extra socialization and training if there are small pets in the household.
A Mini Pyredoodle can also inherit the guardian, protective, and territorial instinct of their Great Pyrenees parent. This makes them naturally wary and suspicious of strangers and makes strong socialization and good training even more important. A well-socialized Mini Pyredoodle will warm up to strangers once introduced instead of viewing them as a threat.
Mini Pyredoodles are highly adaptable dogs. They do well in homes with fenced-in yards where they can run and adapt well to apartment living as long as they get enough daily exercise and attention.
They do well in most climates, but are sensitive to heat and the cold. These dogs bond closely with their families and thrive on attention, so they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time. Because of their territorial instinct and high prey drive, they should only be let off-leash in secure areas.
Potential health concerns to be aware of in a Mini Pyredoodle include epilepsy, elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease, luxating patella, Legg-Calve-Perthes, and eye disorders. Good breeding practices make a big difference in avoiding these health concerns.
Reputable breeders will test and screen their dogs to avoid passing preventable issues to puppies. So, make sure you are asking about the health and genetic history of both of the parents. You can also ask about any health tests or clearances that have been done.
Mini Pyredoodles are intelligent and pick up on things easily. But, they are also easily bored, can be stubborn, and can have an independent nature. Because of this, these dogs are recommended for more experienced owners.
If first-time dog owners are willing to enroll in puppy training classes or enlist the help of a professional trainer, they can be a good fit for this breed. Puppy training classes are a good idea even if you don’t necessarily need them as they help socialize a puppy, reinforce training, and strengthen bonds.
Although a Mini Pyredoodle may inherit the low-shedding Poodle coat, it’s not a guarantee. They could end up with a coat like their Pyr parent, Poodle parent, or something in between.
If they have the Pyr coat, it will be fluffy and dense, shed a little year-round, and heavier as seasons change. Weekly brushing with daily brushing during seasonal shedding plus the occasional bath keeps the Great Pyrenees coat healthy and looking great.
If a Mini Pyredoodle has a Poodle coat, it will not shed. But, they will require daily brushing to remove tangles and mats in addition to professional grooming every 4-6 weeks. In addition to coat care, you will also need to take care of your Mini Pyredoodle’s nails, ears, and teeth.
Nail trims once or twice a month help keep nails from growing too long. Weekly ear checks with careful cleanings as needed can help prevent ear infections. Brushing teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste daily can help prevent painful, damaging dental diseases later in life.
Mini Pyredoodles may have bursts of high energy, but they tend to sit in a more moderate range. Daily walks plus some playtime or another activity are usually enough to keep them happy and healthy. If you are up for more activity, they likely will be as well.
Although there may be some variation among individual puppies, a fully-grown Mini Pyredoodle usually stands 12-24 inches tall and weighs 35-55 pounds.
Mini Pyredoodles generally live for 10-15 years.