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Pyrenean Mastiff

Group: Utility (Group 6)
Club: Utility Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 6)
Contact: Arthur Fry
Phone: 9740 8788

Brief History

The Pyrenean Mastiff was originally bred to be a livestock guardian in the Pyrenees in the north east of Spain. Moving the livestock to high pastures in summer and back to the lower pastures for winter. They guard the flock against all predators but mainly wolves.

Average Life Span

When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.

The average life span is 8 to 12 years.


The Pyrenean Mastiff is a self-reliant, calm and even tempered dog, but will never back away from a stranger.

General Breed Description

This is a large, massive breed; strong and muscular, powerful and robust. He has a heavy double coat. He can be white, white with grey, lemon, orange, or tan patches.

Coat and Care Requirements

The coat is very heavy with a bristly texture. It will require a weekly combing and brushing. Occasional bathing when required is recommended.


Height: Males: 77 to 81cms, Females 72 to 75cms.


All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Pyrenean Mastiff is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include Hip Dysplasia (HD), Elbow Dysplasia (ED) and Gastric Torsion (Bloat). 


The Pyrenean Mastiff is suitable for families living on property and is an ideal guardian for livestock.

In Conclusion

Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

Link to ANKC Breed Standard:

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