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Background The Pyrenean Mountain Dog (“Pyrenean” for short), used by shepherds on the northern, French side of the Pyrenees Mountains for guarding sheep, goats and other livestock. By the end of the 19th century, as wolves had been exterminated by the Pyrenees and bears had become extremely rare, the number of Pyreneans were greatly reduced. Fortunately, due to the efforts of a few dedicated people, the breed was rescued from extinction and is now to be found across the world. Pyreneans were first brought to Australia in 1843 to be used in their traditional role, however, today, although some are being use as flock guardians, most are the beloved pets of families. The Pyrenean Mountain Dog Club of Victoria Inc. was established in 1972
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Pyrenean Mountain Dogs live from between 10 to 15 years.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The Pyrenean is a hardy dog.. A Pyrenean is not a “one-man dog”, and is like all members of the dog family, a pack animal. As a family pet it should be treated as if it were the youngest child and all human members of the family should be above it in the “pecking order” of the family pack. Some Pyreneans are all white; others have patches of grey, pale yellow or tan on the head, ears or base of tail and sometimes on the body. It has a non-oily coat consisting of a fine, woolly undercoat with coarser outer hair. The undercoat is normally shed in spring. Male dogs should be between 70 cm and 80 cm at the shoulder, whereas females should be between 65 cm and 75cm in height.
Care Requirements A Pyrenean is quite content to live in the house with its family as long as it can be let out into a well-fenced back yard for the necessary calls of nature or be taken on a lead for a walk, say, twice a day. Despite its large size, it has a slow metabolism and does not eat a large amount of food. RAW bones and dog biscuits should be given to keep the teeth clean and healthy. A thorough grooming at least once a week will keep the coat in a manageable condition; however, a bath is required from time to time. The double dewclaws do require clipping every few weeks.
Ideal Owner/s The Pyrenean as a guardian it makes one of the best dogs a family can have, especially if there are small children.
Conclusion Now you know a little about the Pyrenean Mountain Dog and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the Pyrenean Mountain Dog Club of Victoria Inc. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows 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. The decision to own a Pyrenean Mountain Dog should be considered carefully and a puppy acquired only if you are convinced that this breed is for you.