Pyrenean Mountain Dog

Breed stats

Breed group Pastoral Size Large Life span Over 10 Years Exercise Up to 1 hour per day Grooming More than once a week Coat length Medium Coat sheds? Yes
This gentle giant is a natural guard dog who is normally affectionate toward their own family.

The Pyrenean Mountain Dog is a very large well-proportioned dog with a large body and a great, thick weather-resistant double coat. The undercoat is soft and woolly and the top coat, coarse and flat. They also have a mane around the shoulders and neck. The coat is mainly white but can have small patches of badger, wolf-grey or pale yellow.

Originally, they were used as a flock guard in the Pyrenees. They are very intelligent, independent and protective. Within their own family they are serious but can be affectionate with children, animals and people they know. Because it is in their nature to want to look after their family, they need to be socialised well with people, children and animals from outside. Pyrenean Mountain Dogs need a moderate amount of exercise so need a good daily walk if not being used as a working dog.

The heavy coat needs regular brushing and combing, they shed continually but more so at certain times of the year. They can be prone to bloat, hip dysplasia, bone cancer and kneecap problems.


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