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Physical Characteristics

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Breed Group:

The Great Pyrenees is a member of the Flock Guard and AKC Working Group.


Male: 115 lb.; female: 85-90 lb.

Height: Male: 27-32 inches; female: 25-29 inches


The coat is white or white with markings: gray and badger, reddish brown or tan.


This breed sports a weather resistant coat that provides a defence against attack. The double coat consists of a dense undercoat that is soft, fine and woolly. The outer coat has coarse hair that is straight or slightly wavy.



The Great Pyrenees has a serious and gentle character and wears a kind expression. Although affectionate, this dog is confident and fearless.

Country of Origin:



This breed’s roots may have originated in the guardian dogs of Asia Minor during ancient times. This dog may have migrated with nomadic shepherds in 3,000 BC to the Pyrenees Mountains. These flocking dogs may be the forerunners of the Great Pyrenees. This dog worked as a livestock guardian for hundreds of years. It also guarded French chateaux. The court of Louis XIV of France popularized this dog as the “Royal Dog of France.” During World War II, the Great Pyrenees hauled artillery between Spain and France.


Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Chien des Pyrenees, Chien de Montagne des Pyrenees, Great Pyrenees (U.S.), Montanes del Pirineo. Nickname: Pyr.

Temperament: This patient and loyal dog can be a guardian that is cautious of strangers. With its background as a livestock dog, this territorial breed protects flock or family.



When socialized and trained properly at an early age, this breed is well-mannered. The Great Pyrenees needs patient training. Trainers should be aware of a tendency to be bored with repetition. Use positive reinforcement. Males may show aggression with other animals. This breed has worked an as avalanche rescue dog, sled dog and cart-puller.


Regular daily exercise such as a moderate walk on a leash is needed. This breed enjoys hiking in cold weather and snow. This dog may wander away.


Owners need to be confident with the Great Pyrenees or its independent nature may dominate. Always keep this pet on a leash to avoid roaming or rebellion. Provide a fenced yard. Large amounts of hair can shed. Although this pet can live outdoors, it is better to live with the family indoors. With its watchdog and guardian abilities, this breed can ward off coyotes and foxes. This dog barks if left outdoors too long, or left indoors without a companion.


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