The Pyrenean Mastiff is a large working dog, well proportioned and well muscled. It has a large and moderately long head, somewhat triangular in profile, slightly tapering but never snipey. It has small, hazel or dark eyes with an aggressive look when staring, complimented by black eyelids, medium-sized v-shaped ears carried close to the head when at rest; carried partially lifted and slightly away from the face when the dog is alert. Teeth form a regular scissor bite. It has a wide, well muscled neck that provides abundant support to the massive head. The Pyrenean Mastiff is longer than it is tall. It has a wide chest and a back that narrows to the hips. The front legs are straight and well muscled complimenting the equally well muscled and heavily boned hind legs that sports cat-like, oval feet. The well-feathered tail is normally carried low, reaching the hocks when at rest and held slightly higher like a sabre, curled at the bottom but not resting over the hips when it is alert. The coat of the Pyrenean Mastiff is thick and laying flat on the body, never woolly. Coat base colour is white with body or head markings of grey, brindle, black, orange or fawn.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
back in the southern slopes of the Pyrenean Mountains in the north-eastern part of Spain, from Aragon to Navarra. It was probably brought by ancient Phoenecian traders from Assyria and Sumeria to Spain where they were sold and bred as working dogs. It belongs to a very large breed of molosser dogs that was once used to guard herds of sheep from predatory animals, protect houses, farms and castles. For many centuries, the Pyrenean Mastiff guarded the flocks during the “trashumancia” or the formal migration of flocks up and down the mountainside with the change of the seasons. It played a vital role in the development of other breeds after it was brought to different parts of Europe, from Turkey to Portugal and from Caucaso to Sierra Morena. This breed was once known as the Mastiff de Navarre and the Mastin d’Aragon, and almost became instinct once in its history mainly due to the disappearance of predatory animals in the region that rendered the Pyrenean mastiff useless and because it has a big appetite. During the 1970s, a comprehensive breeding program was initiated to save the breed from further deteriorating and the Club del Mastin del Pirineo de Espania was founded in 1977. Today, thanks to these valiant efforts, the Pyrenean Mastiff is once again getting noticed not only in Europe but in the United Kingdom and Unites States.
The Pyrenean Mastiff is described as a breed with an excellent temperament and a superb charm. It is brave, independent, and intelligent which makes it an excellent guard dog. Although it barks very little and very generally docile, it will tend to announce the presence of strangers with a deep, loud bark and can be extremely aggressive when defending itself, its owner, properties, or the animals under its charge. In general, the Pyrenean Mastiff is quiet, good and stable in practically all aspects. It is a working dog that will contentedly put on a collar and walk uncomplainingly beside its owner.
Because the Pyrenean Mastiff is such a huge working breed, it needs to be properly trained in obedience and extensively socialized at an early age. It is an excellent breed for those who seek an impressive dog and has plenty of room.
Grooming requirements are moderate but can be time consuming due to the size of the dog. Regular brushing with a firm bristle brush to prevent the coat from matting is sufficient. Bathe only when necessary.
The Pyrenean Mastiff is a hardy and healthy breed with an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years. It is a rare breed with no known hereditary problems except for what are common to large breeds which may include hip dysplasia and gastric torsion.
Although this breed does not require huge amounts of exercise, it is not suitable for an apartment living or even a small house. It will do best in a home with a large, fenced-in yard where it can freely run and play. Exercise should be moderate such as daily short walks, but puppies should not be subjected to any form of rigorous exercises to prevent bone injuries. It is also recommended to feed the Pyrenean Mastiff several small meals per day instead of one large meal and to avoid exercising the dog one hour before and after meal to prevent gastric torsion.
It is a noble, gentle and calm breed that goes very well with children and other dogs.