A Pyrenean Mountain Dog or Pyr has an independent nature due to its original function as a guardian dog of flocks of sheep. Today you often see him as a relaxed house dog and/or guardian of children. They have a strong instinct to bark because as a reliable, affectionate companion they love to protect their family and territory from danger. Their sense of initiative can make obedience training a challenge. But with a portion of patience and the necessary predictable routine and order, this dog is a friend for life. The Pyrenean Mountain Dog is courageous, proud and stubborn as well as sensitive and well-mannered. This ensures that you can easily take it with you everywhere, e.g. on a visit or vacation. He will certainly feel perfectly at home in the Pyrenees.
The Pyrenean Mountain Dog is a muscular quadruped of French origin with a dense, straight coat in two layers. The coat is usually solid white (sometimes with a bit of buff), tan or gray (badger or wolf grey). Only occasionally red or tan markings are also visible. The dark brown eyes and black nose of this mountain dog stand out strikingly. He naturally has triangular lop ears and a long, plumed tail. While females grow between 55 and 60 cm in height, males can grow from 60 to 70 cm in height. In terms of body weight, these dogs are ideally between 38 and 50 kg, with the males usually being heavier.
Pyrenean Mountain Dogs reach maturity after 1 year, but it can take up to 2 years to reach full maturity. They don’t need a lot of grooming, but above all they need exercise. That keeps them in shape. A Pyr that can let off steam during the day is a quiet, pleasant companion in the evening. He will look for your closeness and sometimes come and ask for a hug without demanding too much of your attention, such as a border collie . Brushing the coat of a Pyrenean Mountain Dog regularly is enough to keep it well-groomed and clean. It is best to do this daily during the moulting period. A healthy Pyr has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
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