Dog Breed Guide: Great Pyrenees

Posted on December 7, 2015 under Dog Topics

A Great Pyrenees dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

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.

Origin: Siberia

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

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Expensive Claim 
 Ear Infections  $231  $887
 Skin Allergies  $420  $1,701
 Pyoderma  $205  $470
 Osteoarthritis  $324  $622

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