Dog Breed Guide: Great Pyrenees
Posted on December 7, 2015 under Dog Articles
Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.
About the Great Pyrenees
Height (to base of neck): female 25 – 29,” male 27 – 32″
Weight: female 85lb, male 100lb
Color: All white, with tan, or grey marking allowed.
Coat: Thick double coat with fine, wooly undercoat and hard, long, flat outer coat.
Life Expectancy: 10 – 11 years
Energy level: Low
Exercise needs: Moderate
Is a Great Pyrenees the Right Dog Breed for You?
Originally used as a working dog, the Pyrenees was used as a shepherd’s dog and for guarding. Today they are generally used as companion animals. They retain their territorial nature and can be excellent guard dogs. They tend towards independence and can be strong willed. While they are typically gentle with family members, the Pyrenees needs early socialization and obedience training to allow them to function best as family dogs. They have a high barking tendency. High grooming needs, with regular brushing required.
Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Great Pyrenees
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