Great Pyrenees

The Pyrenean Mountain Dog is one of the oldest breeds of dog. They were bred originally to guard livestock in southern France and northern Spain. Their age expectancy is between 10 and 12 years. These dogs weigh, on average, 80-90 pounds and stand 25-29 inches at their withers.

Great Pyrenees dogs’ coats vary from tan, rust or gray. All-white dogs are also available but are not recognized as a preferred color. This breed has a double-coat, meaning a second layer of fur lies beneath the top coat and must be brushed out to maintain proper skin health. As the Great Pyrenees matures his coat will grow thicker and often will change color. Other common traits are their jet black noses, black eye lids and floppy ears.

The Great Pyrenees puppies often act clingy and doggedly loyal. However as they mature, they develop a strong sense of independence and may grow less obedient. They love to run and explore, and so it is important to remember to keep your Pyr on his leash when outdoors, lest he run into traffic or become lost.