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Pyrenean Shepherd Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Pyrenean Shepherd so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginFrance
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank180
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Other Names
What other names does the Pyrenean Shepherd have? The dog breed also known as...
Berger Des Pyrénées, Petit Berger, Pyrenees Sheepdog, Pyr Shep
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Pyrenean Shepherd recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2009 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Is Pyrenean Shepherd recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Pyrenean Shepherd breed?
American Kennel ClubFederation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainContinental Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Pyrenean Shepherd puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Pyrenean Shepherd price:
$500-$800
If you choose to purchase the Pyrenean Shepherd, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Pyrenean Shepherd for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Pyrenean Shepherd gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Pyrenean Shepherd size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Pyrenean Shepherd weigh? Pyrenean Shepherd weight:
15–32 pounds (7–15 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Pyrenean Shepherd? Pyrenean Shepherd average weight:
15–32 pounds (7–15 kg)
Height
How tall is the Pyrenean Shepherd? Pyrenean Shepherd height:
15.5-18.5 inches (39-47 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Pyrenean Shepherd average height:
15.5-18.5 inches (43 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Pyrenean Shepherd have? What does this canine coat look like?
RoughSmooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Pyrenean Shepherd's coat?
FawnWhiteBrindleGrayBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Pyrenean Shepherd and how often?
Average: The Pyrenean Shepherd requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Pyrenean Shepherd, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Pyrenean Shepherd dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Berger Des Pyrénées? Pyrenean Shepherd shedding level:
Pyrenean Shepherds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Pyrenean Shepherd have? What characteristics does the breed have?
BossyDedicatedTrainableCleverEnergeticWatchful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Pyrenean Shepherd? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Pyrenean Shepherd obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Pyrenean Shepherd dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Pyrenean Shepherds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Pyrenean Shepherd is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Pyrenean Shepherd sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Pyrenean Shepherds don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Pyrenean Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Berger Des Pyrénées need? Pyrenean Shepherd social needs:
Pyrenean Shepherds need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Pyrenean Shepherd dogs bark a lot? Why does my Petit Berger bark?
High: The Pyrenean Shepherd is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Pyrenean Shepherd good as a watchdog?
Pyrenean Shepherds are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Pyrenean Shepherds will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Pyrenean Shepherd dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Pyrenean Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Pyrenean Shepherd can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Pyrenean Shepherd will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Pyrenean Shepherd bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Berger Des Pyrénées? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Pyrenean Shepherd? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Pyrenean Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Pyrenean Shepherd do?
Pyrenean Shepherds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Pyrenean Shepherds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Pyrenean Shepherd to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Pyrenean Shepherd roam?
Pyrenean Shepherds tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Pyrenean Shepherd have high prey drive?
Pyrenean Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Pyrenean Shepherds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Pyrenean Shepherd good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Pyrenean Shepherds are apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walks outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Pyrenean Shepherds don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't like moving from one place to another.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Pyrenean Shepherd dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Pyrenean Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Pyrenean Shepherd dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Pyrenean Shepherd and children:
Pyrenean Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Pyrenean Shepherd dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Pyrenean Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Pyrenean Shepherd good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Pyrenean Shepherd dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Pyrenean Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Pyrenean Shepherd is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are Pyrenean Shepherds good office dogs? Do Pyrenean Shepherds make good office friendly dogs? Can Pyrenean Shepherds be ofiice dogs?
No
Pyrenean Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Pyrenean Shepherd dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Berger Des Pyrénées temperament with senior people? Are Pyrenean Shepherd dogs good for elderly owners?
Pyrenean Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Pyrenean Shepherd dogs get along with other pets? Are Pyrenean Shepherd dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Pyrenean Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Pyrenean Shepherd breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Pyrenean Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Pyrenean Shepherd be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Pyrenean Shepherd is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Pyrenean Shepherd be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Pyrenean Shepherd is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Pyrenean Shepherd be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Pyrenean Shepherd is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Pyrenean Shepherd be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Pyrenean Shepherd is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Pyrenean Shepherd be a boat dog?
Not really
Pyrenean Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Pyrenean Shepherd be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Pyrenean Shepherd is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Pyrenean Shepherd dogs have health problems?
Pyrenean Shepherds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Pyrenean Shepherd breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Pyrenean Shepherd breed? Health risks of Pyrenean Shepherd:
EpilepsyHip DysplasiaPatellar LuxationPatent Ductus ArteriosisProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy
How long do Pyrenean Shepherd dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Pyrenean Shepherd be?
15-17 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Pyrenean Shepherd breed hypoallergenic?
No
Pyrenean Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Pyrenean Shepherd have?
Pyrenean Shepherds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Pyrenean Shepherd dogs require per day?
Pyrenean Shepherds need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Pyrenean Shepherds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Pyrenean Shepherd need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Pyrenean Shepherd risk for obesity:
Average. The Pyrenean Shepherd has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Pyrenean Shepherd's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Pyrenean Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Pyrenean Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Pyrenean Shepherd drool?
The Pyrenean Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Pyrenean Shepherd could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Pyrenean Shepherd. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Pyrenean Shepherd puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Pyrenean Shepherd: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Pyrenean Shepherd have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Pyrenean Shepherd have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4 puppies

Pros & Cons of Pyrenean Shepherd

Pros
  • Apartment Friendly: Pyrenean Shepherds are apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Drooling tendency: The Pyrenean Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Pyrenean Shepherds are good watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Pyrenean Shepherds tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Child Friendly: Pyrenean Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Pyrenean Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Health Issues: Pyrenean Shepherds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Pyrenean Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Adaptability: Pyrenean Shepherds don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Dog Friendly: Pyrenean Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Pyrenean Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Pyrenean Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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