A natural guardian, the Great Pyrenees has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
The Great Pyrenees is native to the Pyrenees Mountains of France and is believed to be one of the oldest living dog breeds. The first documented mention of the Great Pyrenees was made in 1407. The breed is believed to have been descended from a large, white dog used to guard livestock during the Middle Ages. Keeping in line with its ancestors, the Great Pyrenees was also developed to be a guardian for mountain shepherds, their families and their flocks.
The Great Pyrenees is a large dog that weighs 85 to 110 pounds and measures 25 to 32 inches.
The Great Pyrenees should be brushed weekly and bathed occasionally. The Great Pyrenees has a thick coat that sheds consistently, but is dirt resistant. Their coat can be clipped, but should not be shortened in the summer months. The white coat provides natural protection against the sun.
Like all dogs, the Great Pyrenees also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Great Pyrenees is well mannered and easy going, but will not hesitate to protect their family.
The Great Pyrenees is a true family dog that shows lots of patience and affection for children. The Great Pyrenees is calm and sedate. The earliest members of this breed were valued for their ability to move in and around livestock without causing any kind of commotion. Today’s Great Pyrenees has the same laidback demeanor.
At the same time, the Great Pyrenees is very protective of their family. By nature, the Great Pyrenees is a guard dog. They are vigilant and can quickly sense when something is off. The Great Pyrenees is known for being fearless, but not aggressive. They will bark to sound the alarm.
The Great Pyrenees is very intelligent and can learn quickly. However, the Great Pyrenees is not a dog that really cares what anyone thinks or wants from them. They are more prone to do things at their own pace, rather than obey on command. The Great Pyrenees wants to be the one in charge and needs a confident, patient leader and lots of socialization. The Great Pyrenees does best with short, varied training sessions.
The Great Pyrenees only needs a moderate amount of exercise. A daily walk is sufficient for this dog. The Great Pyrenees is not one to engage in games of fetch or chase, simply because they do not see the point.