AKC PuppyFinder: Pyrenean Shepherd Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Enthusiastic, mischievous, and whip-smart; playful with family, wary of strangers
  • Energy Level: Very Active; These bright, indefatigable workaholics live for exercise and mental challenges
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 15.5-18.5 inches (male rough-faced), 15-18 inches (female rough-faced), 15.5-21 inches (male smooth-faced), 15.5-20.5 inches (female smooth-faced)
  • Weight: 15-30 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: Late teens
  • Barking Level: Likes To Be Vocal
History & Job
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Origin: France

Year Recognized: 2009

Breed History & Job Description: Pyr Sheps descend from an ancient line of herding dogs known among shepherds of the Pyrenees (the mountains forming the natural border between France and Spain) since time immemorial. No one can say for certain how long Pyr Sheps have been moving flocks from one grazing area to another amid the Pyrenean slopes and valleys, but it’s a job they still perform in their homeland today. Pyr Sheps often worked in tandem with the Great Pyrenees, the region’s mighty flock-guardian breed.

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

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Pyrenean Shepherd Club of America
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.pyrshepclub.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Herding
  • 2016 Popularity: 176
  • Breed Referral Contact:  -
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