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Great Pyrenees Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

OriginSpain France
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
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Other Names
What other names does the Great Pyrenees have? The dog breed also known as...
Great Pyrenees, Patou, Chien Des Pyrénées, Chien De Montagne Des Pyrénées, Montañés Del Pirineo, Gos De Muntanya Dels Pirineus
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Great Pyrenees recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1933 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is Great Pyrenees recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Great Pyrenees breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Great Pyrenees 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? Great Pyrenees price:
$500-$600
If you choose to purchase the Great Pyrenees, 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 Great Pyrenees for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Great Pyrenees gets to a happy place.

Overview

 

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General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Great Pyrenees size:
Giant
Weight
How much does the Great Pyrenees weigh? Great Pyrenees weight:
Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Great Pyrenees? Great Pyrenees average weight:
Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg)
Height
How tall is the Great Pyrenees? Great Pyrenees height:
Male: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm), Female: 25-29 inches (63-74 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Great Pyrenees average height:
Male: 29.5 inches (75 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Great Pyrenees have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseDouble
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Great Pyrenees's coat?
White
Grooming
How to groom the Great Pyrenees and how often?
Average: The Great Pyrenees 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 Great Pyrenees, 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 Great Pyrenees dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Great Pyrenees? Great Pyrenees shedding level:
Great Pyreneess shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Great Pyrenees breed.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Great Pyrenees have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateFearlessPatientConfidentGentleStrongWilled
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Great Pyrenees? Are they intelligent?
Average: Great Pyrenees's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Great Pyrenees dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Great Pyreneess are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Great Pyreneess are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Great Pyrenees sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Great Pyreneess 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?
Great Pyreneess are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Great Pyrenees need? Great Pyrenees social needs:
Great Pyreneess are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Great Pyrenees dogs bark a lot? Why does my Patou bark?
Average to high: The Great Pyrenees is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. 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 Great Pyrenees good as a watchdog?
Great Pyreneess are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Great Pyrenees dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Great Pyrenees dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Great Pyreneess strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Great Pyrenees bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Great Pyrenees? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Great Pyrenees? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Great Pyrenees 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 Great Pyrenees do?
Great Pyreneess have lower than 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 Great Pyreneess need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Great Pyrenees to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Great Pyrenees roam?
Great Pyreneess have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Great Pyrenees have high prey drive?
Great Pyreneess have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Great Pyrenees dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Great Pyrenees good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Great Pyreneess are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Great Pyreneess adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Great Pyreneess do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Great Pyrenees 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?
Great Pyreneess are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Great Pyrenees dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Great Pyrenees and children:
Great Pyreneess are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Great Pyrenees dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Great Pyreneess are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Great Pyrenees good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Great Pyrenees dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Great Pyreneess are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Great Pyreneess good office dogs? Do Great Pyreneess make good office friendly dogs? Can Great Pyreneess be ofiice dogs?
No
Great Pyrenees is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Great Pyrenees dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Great Pyrenees temperament with senior people? Are Great Pyrenees dogs good for elderly owners?
Great Pyreneess are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Great Pyrenees dogs get along with other pets? Are Great Pyrenees dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Great Pyreneess are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Great Pyrenees breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Great Pyreneess are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Great Pyrenees 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). Great Pyrenees is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Great Pyrenees 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. Great Pyrenees is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Great Pyrenees 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. Great Pyrenees is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Great Pyrenees 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 Great Pyrenees is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Great Pyrenees be a boat dog?
Not really
Great Pyrenees breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Great Pyrenees be a drafting dog?
Yes
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. Great Pyrenees breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Great Pyrenees dogs have health problems?
Great Pyreneess are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Great Pyrenees breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Great Pyrenees breed? Health risks of Great Pyrenees:
Addison's DiseaseBloatCataractsDrug SensitivityElbow DysplasiaEntropionHip DysplasiaPatellar Luxation
Life Expectancy
How long do Great Pyrenees dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Great Pyrenees be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Great Pyrenees breed hypoallergenic?
No
Great Pyreneess 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 Great Pyrenees have?
Great Pyreneess 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 Great Pyrenees dogs require per day?
Great Pyreneess have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Great Pyreneess don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Great Pyrenees need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Great Pyrenees risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Great Pyrenees's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk 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 Great Pyrenees's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Great Pyrenees can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also 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 Great Pyrenees 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 Great Pyrenees drool?
The Great Pyrenees is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Great Pyrenees could be a good 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 less than others, just like the Great Pyrenees. 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 Great Pyrenees puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Great Pyrenees: 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 Great Pyrenees 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 Great Pyrenees have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-9 puppies

Pros & Cons of Great Pyrenees

Pros
  • Trainability: Great Pyreneess are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Great Pyreneess are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Drooling tendency: The Great Pyrenees is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Great Pyreneess are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Great Pyreneess have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Great Pyreneess adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Great Pyreneess are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Great Pyreneess are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Great Pyreneess are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Great Pyreneess don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Great Pyreneess are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Shedding Level: Great Pyreneess shed above average.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Great Pyreneess have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Great Pyreneess do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Great Pyrenees is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Great Pyreneess are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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