AKC PuppyFinder: Great Pyrenees Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Calm, patient, smart; strong-willed yet affectionate
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Not a particularly active dog, but these big guys need their exercise
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 27-32 inches (male), 25-29 inches (female)
  • Weight: 100 pounds & up (male), 85 pounds & up (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
  • Barking Level: Likes To Be Vocal
Breed Description
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If you have a flock of sheep to guard, you can't do better than the massive and regal Great Pyrenees. The same traits that make them fearless defenders of the herd contribute to their independent, intelligent and patient nature. Your little white bear of a Great Pyrenees puppy will grow up to be tall and strong, weighing up to 100 pounds. He'll form close bonds with his humans and is affectionate and calm with the family. The breed's strong, instinctual protective nature requires sensitive, kind obedience training and daily exercise.

History & Job
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Origin: France

Year Recognized: 1933

Breed History & Job Description: Pyrs were bred centuries ago to work with shepherds and herding dogs in the Pyrenees Mountains, the natural border between France and Spain. The Pyr’s job was to watch the flock and deter predators, whether wolves, bears, or livestock rustlers. Their innate patience came in handy when sitting atop a freezing-cold mountain for days on end with nothing to do but look at sheep. Their courage when defending the flock is legendary.

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Great Pyrenees are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and patellar luxation. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Great Pyrenees are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Great Pyrenees Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.gpcaonline.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Working
  • 2016 Popularity: 67
  • Breed Referral Contact: Mary McGuire - 740-743-2002
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  • Breed Club Rescue: Great Pyrenees Club of America's Rescue program
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: rescue-west@gpcaonline.org Kevin Brown
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: 919-200-1535
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://gpcaonline.org/rescue.htm
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