An Introduction To The Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog


Possessing a breath-taking beauty, a wonderful disposition, and a calm, stately bearing, the breed is completely suited to filling the role of companion and guardian of the home.

The luxuriant coat of the Great Pyr is predominantly white, with grey, black, badger and occasionally, red markings. An unusual, almost unique characteristic is the set of double dewclaws on the hind feet, which are thought to act as 'snowshoes' in the deep snow of the mountains. Adult males can weigh up to 135lbs; females up to 120lbs. For such a large dog, the Great Pyr has a very low metabolic rate, resulting in far less food consumption than for breeds of comparable size.

As a protector of the family, no breed could be more devoted, sensible and wise. It has been said, truthfully, that the Pyr's judgement of character can be relied upon absolutely. Tidy and fastidious by nature, the Pyr is easy to keep in condition, and, despite his or her size, is ideally suited to life as a family pet. To attain the best relationship between children and your dog, and to foster the dog's good nature and sound temperament, parents must educate their children as well as the new pup.

Today, Great Pyrenees Mountain Dogs are protective companions, show obedience dogs, livestock guardians and goodwill ambassadors doing therapy work in hospitals and seniors homes. If you wish to add a Pyr to your family, we strongly encourage you not to rush into it. Do your homework. Obtain a list of breeders, either from the Dogs in Canada Annual (www.ckc.ca) or from one of the Great Pyrenees clubs across Canada. To find out more about the Great Pyr visit at least three breeders in your area before you make any decision.

And of course, explore this site completely or contact us to ask any question about the breed. We are here to help make the right choice when deciding on a Great Pyr.




Short History of the Great Pyrenees

The ever-increasing interest in this beautiful and historic breed has sparked debate about its origins. Although the breed's presence in the Pyrenees Mountains is documented as far back as Roman times. It is believed that this large dog breed has existed in much the same form for at least 4000 yrs.

These magnificent dogs have been guarding flocks and herds in the Pyrenees Mountains for many centuries. Originally, the predators they warded off were wolves and bears. In Canada today however, Great Pyrs used as livestock guardians are far more likely to encounter feral dog packs and coyotes in addition to wolves and bears.

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Breaking News

  1. Bear

    Dec 15, 17 05:15 AM

    This is beautiful Bear. He is a Pyr mix (or, a big whitish fluffy). He came to us from a shelter so we do not have much information on him. He is about

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  2. Jack

    Dec 13, 17 06:00 PM

    We believe Jack to be between 6-8 years old. He is a Maremma mix and weighs approximately 95 lbs. Jack came to us from a small farm where he protected

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  3. Diet and Shyness - Puppies

    Dec 13, 17 02:12 PM

    I just love my new baby Marley and Massie I think they are about 10 weeks old I rescued them they had been running loose with there mom on an old back

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  4. Dew Claws

    Dec 12, 17 06:36 PM

    our pyreneese/lab mix has the dew claws - last night we found one of the nails on the floor and a new one growing in - is this normal - are we not trimming

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  5. Coat Loss - 5 year old Pyr

    Dec 10, 17 12:26 PM

    Please can anyone help. We have a 5 year old great Pyrenees who started loosing hair on tail about year and half ago and vet said she was fine. However

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  6. Diet

    Dec 08, 17 05:47 AM

    Hello, Shiloh Journey is our amazingly sweet, funny and beautiful Great Pyrenees. She will be one year old on January 17. We have 18 acres and she has

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  7. Eyes - Weepy

    Dec 06, 17 04:43 PM

    My Great Pyrenees male dog's eyes started weeping. No change in diet. He is otherwise healthy according to two vets who've seen him.

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  8. Males - Get Along?

    Dec 04, 17 04:44 PM

    We have a two year old male that my family adores ! We are discussing the possibility of rescuing a 6 year old male and was wondering if this was a good

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