Elegant, imposing and majestic, the Great Pyrenees is a massive dog of moderate substance that’s slightly longer than tall. Its thick coating gives the impression of thicker bone and prestige. This strain was designed to guard flocks on steep mountain slopes and therefore must combine power with agility. It moves easily, with good reach and drive. Its weather-resistant double coat is made up of dense, wooly undercoat and a long, horizontal, coarse outer coat, imparting great insulating material in the Pyrenean chilly. Its expression is tasteful and contemplative.
The Great Pyrenees is a competent and imposing protector, dedicated to its loved ones and somewhat cautious of strangers — either human or puppy. If not provoked, it’s calm, well-mannered and rather severe. It’s quite tender with its loved ones members and kids. It’s a different, somewhat uncooperative, temperament and could attempt to control a less protected owner. Some are bad off leash and might drift away. The Great Pyrenees will bark a lot.
|• Major concerns: CHD, patellar luxation
• Minor concerns: entropion, OCD, skin problems, osteosarcoma
• Occasionally seen: ChD, gastric torsion, otitis externa, panosteitis
• Suggested tests: hip, knee, (eye)
• Life span: 10 – 12 years
|Also referred to as the Pyrenean mountain dog, the Great Pyrenees is a really old breed, likely descending in the Tibetan mastiff. It may have come to Europe using the Aryans from Central Asia, in Addition to with Phoenician sea dealers. They settled in the Spanish Pyrenees and at numerous mountain castles in Europe. It had been used from the earliest days to protect flocks. A painting of these times reveals a set of those guards, each sporting a spiked iron collar to guard its neck from human or animal adversaries. In medieval France, the Pyrenees turned into a powerful fortress protector, and eventually a group of those imposing dogs was the pride of several big chateaus. From the late 1600s, the strain captured the eye of the French nobility, and for a short time they had been in good need from the court of Louis XIV. In Reality, at 1675 the Great Pyrenees was decreed the “Royal Dog of France” by Louis XIV. Around precisely the exact same period that the Great Pyrenees came to Newfoundland, in which it might have played a part in the maturation of the Newfoundland breed, however it didn’t itself last as a pure strain. The first recorded Pyrenees came to America with Gen. Lafayette in 1824. From the 1900s, the strain had vanished from French courtroom, and the rest dogs were those discovered still functioning from the isolated Basque countryside. A number of the poorer dogs were offered to tourists that brought them back to England and other nations. These puppies bore little similarity to the glorious Pyrenees that had once been so honored, however. Interest in the breed dropped in England, but fortunately the strain still existed in adequate quantities and quality in its own native mountain soil so that after fanciers could acquire great breeding stock. These puppies served as the basis of the contemporary Pyrenees. Intense importation of the strain to America happened from the 1930s, and from 1933 the Great Pyrenees obtained AKC recognition. It attracted great attention in addition to new owners; now that the Great Pyrenees enjoys moderate popularity.|