How fast do pyrenees run?

by Judy Piranian
(Hartford)

They are slow for a 20 foot chase, but how fast can they run? My Ripley can go across a golf course in seconds. My friends with little dogs make fun of him, that he is so slow. He's not slow! They have never seen him book! He never wants to catch any animal, but he can chase a deer in seconds, but stops, when they leave his area.
Judy

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Jun 23, 2016
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How fast?
by: Donna

If you wanted a fast dog to show off his speed, a Pyr is the wrong dog for you.

You should have a Pyr for what he is. They were bred as guardian livestock dog so they wander with their livestock as they watch over them. They are laid back dogs but can spring into action when required.

Their size, bark and urine markings are enough to keep predators away. They only kill predators if the predator insists. For them, speed is a waste of energy.

Pyrs are extremely efficient in their jobs.

Jun 23, 2016
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Hold on one second
by: Ed A from NJ

I don't really agree while I would agree they are not marathon runners by any means in short blast they are extremely quick. I have seen both my big boys over the last 8 years in action. When big Beau was 3 he broke a 1/2 nylon leed and chase a school bus. I can tell you that cost me $400 when the bus driver stopped and Beau punctured the front tire with his teeth!Just last month Maximoose covered 75' so fast a coyote got caught trying to decide what to do. (that story I posted). Make no mistake. When they think it is "HAMMER TIME" they got the gas the power and the attitude! But they don't use it to play or impress. They reserve their energy for when they need to defend. This is a very serious guard go and I love the way they do what they do!!!

Jun 23, 2016
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Speed?
by: Anonymous

Totally agree with Donna. If you mean how fast can they chase down something it depends on how sound the dog is structurally. If the dog is balanced and has good lay back so that the dog can reach then thry will run much faster than less balanced dogs.

Jun 23, 2016
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Just experiance
by: Ed A from NJ

I can only speak from my own exleriance and both maximoose and Beau are no where near light weights. Big Beau was a 165 pounder (a full 30" at the shoulder, I have posted pictures on this sight) I wish I cold post an old video I have. One day at the dog park a owner opened the gate carelessly and my male pyre (Beau)and my friends (now my wife) male Rottie bolted after a riding mower. With other owners in persuade I got it on my phone. Big eau was the,first out the,gate i,say he,had,a 15 lead on the rottie. Beau,had lead for about 75 to 90 feet when you could see his energy was zapped and the rottie flew by him. Lucky for both of us the lawn mower guy was a dog person, he stopped and corralled Diesel (the rottie) and Beau waited for me and the water to fetch him. Now Big Beau was,blessed with great hips and joints til he passed at 8. I more lumbersome dog you never seem but as I said when he thought it was time to throw down, another side came out.I would love to share the video with the club but I don't think there is a way to post. Anone who would like to see this ery cool video can email me. Don't think for a second you can catch one off the leash. I think they are faster then many giant breed caring the same weight like Newfies,Saints,and other non hunt giants.

Jun 26, 2016
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Fast as she needs to be....
by: Martha

Great debate.

Great dogs!!

If I may chime in and say that I believe my great pyr is very efficient with her energy. Frankie can make it from back yard to front door to "greet" a visitor in a blink of an eye, yet it takes her about 4 minutes to come when I call her.

If a squirrel is about to streak across the fence top, Frankie can be off the deck in one leap and at the back fence before the squirrel has time to decide which escape route to take. And she is no spring chicken! Well over a decade old and going strong.

My final word is that I think Pyrs are as fast as they need to be.


Jun 27, 2016
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Peak my intrest
by: Ed A from NJ

Since this post started it has peaked my intrest. After a quick Internet search I have no turned up much. As I said I am only talking from the experiance from my dogs. I do believe for the most part a heathy GP has great balance and nibbleness for its size and stature. What I have seen is rotweillers will run circles around them but they don't carry the weight of a GP. On the other hand Newfies and saints tend to lope along while GP do get into a full run. When I said they are quick I really ment for a short sprint which they us in there faux charge

Jul 29, 2016
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Running with pyr
by: Anonymous

What about running with a pyr? I had a Chessie(Chesapeake Bay retriver) and he ran with me until he got to old to do so


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