The Great Pyrenees is a trustworthy guardian who has a strong bonding with family. It behaves aggressively and violently and will bark at the strangers when any threat towards its owner or family members is felt. In general Great Pyrenees is gentle and soft towards children and other pets, well socialized and mannered with serious look. It is a standalone guardian and sometimes will dominate a weak owner. They should be tied up or well fenced otherwise they may run away. Variety of talent includes, watchdog, guard, cattle driver, herding, sled pulling, rescue in addition to police and military applications.
Strong structured, Great Pyrenees dog is longer in length than in height and has a solid filled body. Its coat is thick and it appears to be a heavier structured animal. Greater strength and stamina makes it ideal for guarding flocks on plain fields as well as on slopes of mountains. Its outer coat is thick, wooly to keep it warm in the Pyrenean cold. Its gait is magnificent, smooth and brisk. Its appearance is graceful and intimates a deep thoughtful dog. Although structure is large, the dog is capable of performing diverse jobs in day to day routine.
The first known application of this dog was guarding livestock and herding of sheep in the mountain region along the border of France and Spain since 1800 B.C. This breed is also claimed to be the Asiatic origin. This dog was brought to Europe and remained active in the hilly regions of France. The breed is encouraged by locals and gained name and fame as a guard dog with French nobility. This dog got popularity in a multi dimensional applications on rocky areas like flock guard, cart puling, carriage, rescue, and sled dog. Further its talent is dog fight, wartime usable, family guardian, property guardian and playmate of young children. It can conduct an aggressive attack on the threatening element when safeguarding the family. In 1933, the Great Pyrenees received acceptance and recognition by the AKC (American Kennel Club) for the first time.
The Great Pyrenees is somewhat a serious dog and independent in its nature. They did not like repetitive orders and reactions but get bored in these activities if conducted on repeat basis. They rarely accept dominance by a weak owner and assume equality as of human master. They have worked together with human partners in guarding and working role, thus are straight forward in nature. The breed behaves well with family children but it is noteworthy that very young children or strangers should not be left with dog without master. The dog may get aggressive on childish acts and cause harm to individuals.
The Great Pyrenees dogs are very aggressive to strangers and to other dogs posing threat to the flock to which this dog is guarding. However, they are very caring and loyal to their owner and family members. They sniff and kiss the feet of masters and move their tail in recognition of his ownership, demonstrate their loyalty to him. These dogs, when strongly bonded with family, lay their head on the feet of the master and will enjoy sound sleep. The Great Pyrenees love to remain in physical contact with any of the family members. It does not allow other dogs to be more close to the family as pet and will react violently. This behavior is to be treated at its early stage because some serious damage may happen by this strong powered dog.
A well planned training from puppyhood will introduce socialized norms and polite attitude in them. Generally they are very confident and well to do. Aggressiveness of their temperament can be reduced by positive reinforcement and dedication in training.
Owner Should Know
Being large structured, Great Pyrenees are more suited for open houses with fenced yards, however, these can be adopted in apartment livings as well.
It is of wandering and walking tendency, so keep it leashed to avoid escape.
Upkeep of health, washing, brushing is to be regularized for healthy life. The breed is classified heavy shedder and needs good care for grooming.
Socialization of Great Pyrenees is difficult, as it has its own power of decision, sometimes it does not agree with owner. New owners are not suggested for this breed.
Pyrenees are wonderful watchdogs for the family. They need treatment for their aggressiveness to bring it to moderate level.
They become destructive when left alone. They love to be the part of family and want to remain in touch.
Pyrenees bark excessively, neighbors may be disturbed.
Great Pyrenees are well suited for cooler areas, thick and wooly coat protects them from cold weather, trimming their hairs is the compromise on its natural ability.
This breed needs a very little time for exercises and activities, generally 20 to 30 minutes daily are enough.
Pyrenees has a double dewclaw that should not be removed but should be kept trimmed.
Always get a healthy dog from certified breeders, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.