|Group:||Working Dogs (Group 5)|
|Club:||Working Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 5)|
|Contact:||Mrs Julie Burnett|
One of France’s oldest breeds, the Pyrenean Sheepdog dates back to the 19th century. Used for herding large flocks of sheep in the mountainous regions, he came to the attention of the outside world during World Way 1, when used as a messenger dog for the French army.
Average Life Span
When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.
The average life span is 14 to 16 years.
The Pyrenean Sheepdog Longhaired is inquisitive, alert and energetic with strong herding instincts. He is wary of strangers.
General Breed Description
The Pyrenean Sheepdog is a medium size breed, with a shaggy appearance. Coat colour is usually fawn, but brindle and grey are also common. He is a courageous, resourceful little dog, showing initiative. Socialisation and training from an early age are required.
Coat and Care Requirements
There are two coat types – long or semi long. Both coats have a harsh texture and require grooming several times a week to keep them tangle free. The coat sheds only lightly.
Height: Males 42 to 48cms, Females 40 to 46cms.
All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders in is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Pyrenean Sheepdog is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include Hip Dysplasia (HD) and hereditary eye disorders.
They are a breed which requires a lot of exercise. An easy dog to train, they are quick learners and eager to please. They require an owner who is consistent, firm and provides plenty of praise. The breed is very rare in Australia.
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: http://ankc.org.au/Breed/Detail/79