The Great Pyrenees, also known as Patou or the Pyranean Mountain Dog, is a well-liked breed of dog that originated in France. It belongs to the Working breed family which is remarkable for their outstanding rescuing and guarding skills. Great Pyrenees have been bred to become sheep dogs. Their double coat is dense and wooly underneath, and long and coarse outside. Its colors usually come in solid white or white with a few colored patches. Markings include wolf-gray, tan, pale yellow, or reddish brown.
Height and Weight
The male members of the Great Pyrenees breed normally stand a height of 27 to 32 in at the withers, and weigh at least 100 lbs. The bitches, on the other hand, commonly have a height of 25 to 29 in, and a weight of not less than 85 lbs.
Pyranean Mountain Dogs, in general, are capable, courageous, and imposing guard dogs which are usually used to watch after livestock. They are loyal and devoted to their family masters, though can be rather wary with strangers. When the breed is not provoked, they are serious, calm, and well-mannered. Pyranean Dogs are also known to be gentle, obedient, and affectionate toward their owners. They bond well with children especially when the breed has been raised with them since puppyhood. The breed also get along well with non-canine animals. Handlers are encouraged to socialize the dogs with places, people, and noises. Pyranean Dogs have also been described to be independent, and quite dominant. They generally need an owner that can be firm yet gentle in disciplining them. To keep them from becoming destructive, the breed has to be provided with adequate exercise. In addition, Pyranean Dogs bark a lot, and tend to drool and slobber.
Members of the Great Pyrenees breed are generally heavy shedders. Daily combing is very important during their annual shedding periods. Otherwise, brushing them every other day will be enough. Bathe and dry shampoo the breed only when very necessary.
Some of the common health conditions associated with the Great Pyrenees breed are skin allergies, luxating patella, heatstroke, osteosarcoma, and heart disease. Nevertheless, with proper care, diet, and exercise, the breed can live for as long as 10 to 12 years.
Pyranean Dogs are highly capable of thriving in cold places, even those areas capped with snow. Nonetheless, they are highly sensitive to warm climates. The breed can adjust to living indoors or outdoors. Because of the Great Pyrenees’ size, access to a spacious, secure yard is highly recommended. In terms of exercise, hiking trips as well as sled-pulling in the snow are excellent for them. The breed has a moderate exercise needs that could be easily met through leashed walks.