The Pyrenean Mountain Dog is also known as the Great Pyrenees and is a large majestic breed belonging to the Pastoral group. It was traditionally used for guarding livestock in pasture. It features a large domed head with no stop, strong muzzle that tapers to a black nose with almond-shaped, dark-amber brown eyes that shows an intelligent and thoughtful expression and small triangular ears lying flat against the side of the head, carried slightly raised whe the dog is alert. A strong jaw features either scissor bite or pincer bite with black lip markings. The thick, muscular but short neck is covered in profuse coat that forms a mane (especially in dogs) and aptly carries the head with distinction. It has straight, fringed front legs that are heavily boned and well muscled while the equally muscled thighs are covered by long, dense, woolly hair and cushioned by short and compact feet. The body of the Pyrenean Mountain dog features a broad chest, rounded ribcage, and broad, muscular back. The slightly curled tail is thickly feathered and tapers to a tip. It is normally carried low with the tip turned slightly to one side when the dog is at rest; carried high above the back in a circle when the dog is alert. It has a double coat made of coarse, long and thick outer coat with straight or slightly wavy hair over a very fine and profuse undercoat. Coat colour comes mainly in white with patches of badger, wolf-grey or pale yellow.
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.
The Pyrenean Mountain Dog is one of the most ancient breed of dogs and has a long working history in its native France where it was used as a flock guardian and protector of chateaux. Remains of a dog similar to the Pyrenean Mountain Dog were found in Europe dating back to 1800 B.C. but experts claim that the breed might have originated far earlier back in Asia or Siberia either brought to Europe by the Aryans or the Phoenicians via Spain who settled in the Pyrenean Mountains. The breed remained in the high mountain regions of the Pyrenees until the Middle ages, when it was discovered by the French to be an excellent guard dog. Its long history have somewhat influenced (in one way or the other) some of the modern European livestock guardian dogs that we know today, including the Italian Maremma sheepdog, Hungarian Kuvasz, Anatolian Shepherd, Newfoundland and the Polski Owczarek Podhalanski among others. The Pyrenean Mountain Dog was so popular in the late 1600s that King Louis XIV bestowed upon the breed the “Royal Dog of France” in 1675. Historical evidences suggest that this breed was also used as a rescue dog, cart-puller and a sled dog working in a pack. It was even used as a war dog because the ancient Pyrenean Mountain Dogs were more aggressive than their descendants today. The breed became less popular during the 1900s both in France and England although there were many purebreds left high up in the Basque countryside. It was brought to the United States in the 1930s and remains today, a moderately popular breed.
This giant breed is fierce protector and guardian of livestock, property and its human companion but in general, has a gentle and affectionate character. Its guarding instincts made it somewhat wary of strangers, alert and always on the lookout. Working in a pack in ancient times also made this large working dog generally good with other dogs regardless of size, although some lines tend to display same sex aggression. Being a flock guardian, it is independent and quite stubborn by nature and has a propensity to bark a lot. This gentle and playful breed is a slow-maturing dog, typically taking about two years to reach adulthood.
This breed requires a commanding owner that can provide firm and confident training, which should start at a very young age. Socialization at an early age is also recommended.
The profuse coat needs to be brushed on a daily basis while extra attention is required during heavy shedding season, usually once a year.
With a lifespan between 10 to 12 years and a moderately popular status, this large working dog has not changed significantly in centuries which mean that it is notably a healthy breed. Unlike other large dogs, hip dysplasia has a low incidence for the Pyrenean Mountain dog. Eye problems and gastric torsion are two possibilities but can be very rare.
Like most mountain dogs that live in cold weathers, the Pyrenean Mountain dog requires a diet which is high in fat content. Similarly, lamb, poultry, wheat or potato will do best for this breed.
Even though the Pyrenean Mountain dog is a large breed, exercise need not be vigorous but must be regular. Normally, taking the breed for a moderate walk on a daily basis is sufficient enough to keep it mentally and physically healthy. This breed was born in the cold climates of the Pyrenean Mountains hence, it can not tolerate extreme heat conditions and must be kept in shade all the time when it is outside in such weather.
The Pyrenean Mountain Dog is typically good with children and will protect other household pets especially cats.