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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  1. Intact Males and Females

    Jan 22, 20 06:18 AM

    Can I own a pack of un-neutered great Pyrenees and expect them to gaurd my livestock without being distracted, or is their away I can make rotation so

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  2. Chance

    Jan 19, 20 07:00 PM

    DOB: April 2018 Akbash Cross Note that the reason these big whites come in is usually because no one has done the work with them. We do work with them

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  3. Socialization

    Jan 19, 20 03:11 PM

    My Pyr is 11 months old, and she barks at all the neighbors and children. What do I need to do to make her more social?

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  4. Urinating in home

    Jan 17, 20 06:49 AM

    I bought a Great Pyrenees pup at 7 weeks. I already have a 3 year old neutered Australian Shepherd. I have been trying to house break her for months.

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  5. Euthanasia?

    Jan 14, 20 02:15 PM

    great pyrnees 12 yrs old, hearing loss, trouble getting up and down back legs, Just wondered if its getting time for old girl to go home, ???

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  6. George

    Jan 13, 20 06:44 PM

    George has found the life he deserves with alumni Umka. He gets to hang out with livestock and put smiles on people's faces because he is such a doll.

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  7. Jax - Courtesy Posting

    Jan 12, 20 03:50 PM

    DOB: July 2019 From Helping Paws Rescue: We just took in a 7 month old big white fluffy who has been bounced around four times in the last month.

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  8. Jax - Courtesy Posting

    Jan 12, 20 03:38 PM

    DOB: July 2019 From Helping Paws Rescue: We just took in a 7 month old big white fluffy (mix of Maremma/Akbash and maybe Pyr) who has been bounced around

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