Origin: Bred for centuries to guard sheep in the Pyrenees Mountains and Spain, they also guarded fortresses and were left alone days at a time. In Many countries, the breed is known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog.
Temperament: In nature the Great Pyrenees is confident, gentle and affectionate. A calm dog with dignity, the Pyr has guarded families and flocks for centuries. Retaining the guarding instinct, the Pyr will protect loved ones, especially children. Pyr puppies need socializing as all puppies do, and can be counted on to be friendly and gentle.
Height: 27-32″ for males, 25-29″ for females
Weight: About 100lbs for males, 85lbs for females. Weight is in proportion to the overall size and structure.
Coat: The coat of the Pyr is mainly white, which can have grey or badger/tan markings. Surprisingly, their beautiful coat is very easy to maintain; dirt and mud, once dry, is easily brushed clean.
Feeding: The Great Pyrenees has an astonishingly low metabolism. They are not big eaters. They eat far less than other breeds of comparable size.
Training & Obedience: Puppy obedience classes are recommended. This is very important for early socialization. Leash training and using a buckle collar are a must for all pyr pups. A fenced yard is also required for the Great Pyrenees.