Get to know the Great Pyrenees
All you need to know about the breed
This ancient breed was developed in the Pyrénées mountains to guard flocks. Modern-day Great Pyrenees are confident, independent-minded and territorial dogs by nature. But they’re also protective, gentle and affectionate, and make wonderful family pets (well… you might think they’re your pet: to them, you’re their flock).
Great Pyrenees are, as the name suggests, large animals: their size coupled with the abundant white fur that kept them warm in the mountains and their doleful dark eyes makes for a truly handsome dog. At home, they are calm and patient, including with children, once trained. They don’t need huge amounts of exercise – or too much grooming, surprisingly, given their extravagantly fluffy appearance.
If all this is sounding a bit too perfect, don’t worry, Pyrs, as they’re known by their many fans, do have their little quirks: thousands of years of working without human guidance have left their mark in the Great Pyrenees’ temperament. That’s a nice way of saying you might struggle to get them to obey commands these independent-thinkers deem pointless – “sit”, “heel” etc. But why? those big brown eyes seem to be asking.
As they were bred to guard flocks against night-time predators such as wolves, they are naturally nocturnal dogs. They also have extremely sensitive hearing and a bit of a barking habit, all of which add up to the occasional night-time wake up. On the plus side you’ll be getting an adorable canine companion and a burglar alarm in one lovable package.
2 facts about Great Pyrenees
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Great Pyrenees