Compatibility with other dogs

by Cyndi
(Channahon, IL, USA)

I have a 2 year old spayed Borde Collie and a 1 year old intact male Golden Retriever. I am thinking of fostering an approx. 9 month old neutered Pyr that is from unknown breeding and background. I am reading how wonderful the breed is but am also seeing that they may prefer to live with the opposite gender. Is it an individual preference or is it common? I've also read that they can suddenly turn aggressive. Any truth to that? Borders are pretty independent. Are their personalities similar?

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by: Ed A from NJ

I can only talk from my experience and all I have learned in 8 years with this wonderful breed. They truly are special, but bred very specifically to do one thing and that is guard. I find it very interesting that they are number 7 on the "10 most bad ass guard dog list" on the internet but show up nowhere on the "25 most dangerous dog list".

I think the nature of the great Pyrenees is simple as you're ether part of his flock or family or your not to be trusted. How Much your not trusted depends on what happens. That being said I have seen many homes with pyres and other dogs, though personally I think having a intact male and a neutered male may be pushing it. On the other hand I believe its 20% nature and 80% nurture. You have to be a pretty experienced owner to handle this big willful (at times) dog. Tough call only you would really know. But whatever you decide, know this is a very deliberate dog.

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