All About Great Pyrenees
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The Great Pyrenees is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 27 to 32 inches.
Weight: Up to 115 pounds.
Females – Height: 25 to 29 inches.
Weight: 85 to 90 pounds.
Great Pyrenees are commonly white. They sometimes have badger, gray or tan markings.
Bred as workers, Great Pyrenees retain many of the qualities that made them reliable, independent guard dogs. They are intelligent but also headstrong. They often have trouble at obedience classes because they like to follow their own instincts. They are serious, calm and loving toward their families.
Great Pyrenees are a low-energy breed. Although they require daily exercise, a short walk or romp in a fenced yard is usually sufficient. They also enjoy hiking.
- Great Pyrenees have a weather-resistant double coat. The undercoat is thick and woolly, while the outercoat is coarse and flat.
- They are a moderate-maintenance grooming breed, requiring weekly brushing except when they are shedding. Then they should be brushed daily.
- Great Pyrenees have muscled shoulders and necks, and they have a smooth, elegant gate.
10 to 12 years
The most common health concerns for Great Pyrenees include patellar luxation and canine hip dysplasia. Entropion, skin problems and osteosarcoma are less common but still occur within the breed, while gastric torsion, otitis externa and panosteitis are seen occasionally.
Great Pyrenees have a low tolerance for hot climates and a high tolerance for cold climates.
Great Pyrenees are very gentle with children in the family, although they can be wary of strangers of any age. They are shy toward other dogs but friendly toward other household pets.
- This very old breed is believed to have descended from the Tibetan Mastiff, immigrating to Europe with its Central Asian owners hundreds of years ago.
- Great Pyrenees were used as guard dogs in the Spanish Pyrenees.
- Louis XIV declared the Great Pyrenees the “Royal Dog of France” in 1675.