An Introduction To The Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog


Introducing the Great Pyrenees.  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. Fecal Incontinence

    Apr 15, 21 11:52 AM

    my daughter just rescued a 7 yo male hes pooping in his sleep and while sleeping his back half will shake and at times his tail moves to please hel

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  2. Harmonius living with parent and pup?

    Apr 13, 21 09:11 AM

    We have a male and female and they just had their first litter. Is it a good ideal to keep one of their pups? Or will they fight?

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  3. Constipation

    Apr 08, 21 08:45 AM

    My PYR is two years old, I just rescued him from a bad situation, he is constipated, is this an issue with the breed or an issue specific to this PYR

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  4. Pregnant?

    Apr 05, 21 01:32 PM

    What is the lengthy of gestation for a Pyrenese? Today would be 50 days and there's no sign of weight gain or puppies showing/moving. Do these dogs take

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  5. Trust

    Apr 02, 21 08:31 AM

    A male Pyrenees showed up at my house & it’s sooo scared & timid. I’ve been feeding & water him every time I see him but he will not let me get close to

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  6. Lethargy

    Mar 30, 21 08:39 AM

    My Pup is 9 months old, and though not a purebred has most of the pyr traits that I am aware of. This is my first pyr though I have always admired them.

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  7. Chewing on Deck and Sticks

    Mar 27, 21 08:02 AM

    Our Pyrenees is an outside dog and turned one year the end of February. We live out in the country and are not home all day except for weekends. He is

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  8. Bath Time

    Mar 09, 21 08:00 AM

    It will be 80 degrees on Wednesday, and We want to give Happy a bath. We need advice. We have dog shampoo but my he has a lot of fur.

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