Great Pyr mix with Golden?

by Anne

Charmin

Charmin

Hi All!

We are considering rescuing a sweet puppy "Charmin' and believe her and her mama are Great Pyrenees mix or maybe Golden Retrievers? We just lost our beloved Golden 2 years ago and finally, feel ready to adopt. This sweet girl caught our eye and after quartine would like to meet her. What do you think? Pyrenees mix or White Golden mix?

Thank you!

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Apr 07, 2020
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Mix?
by: Donna

It's so hard to tell from one photo. She does look like a mix of perhaps some Pyr in there. You can always have her DNA done from a reputable DNA firm.

Apr 21, 2020
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Be ready for a pyr personality
by: Anonymous

Hope I can be of some help. I am still doing research on this mix as I was interested too in a possible mixed puppy from a local breeder. Here's the deal: Are you ready for a pyr personality if the puppy turns out to be more like a pyr than a golden? I have never owned a golden but I had a pyr who just passed in Sept. Many pyrs end up in shelters because people don't understand that pyrs are not white labs or white retrievers. They are loyal and lovable and beautiful dogs, but they do have a distinct personality and breed traits. Many of them bark A LOT. They can bark at everything and all night. It's because they are livestock guardians and that comes with their DNA. Will your neighbors be okay with that? They shed A LOT. They have what is called a blow out once or twice a year depending on the climate and you will have white fur EVERWHERE. You can brush and brush and brush and it just keeps coming out!!! You have to set boundaries quickly with them because they are very independent natured. They get big fast (ours was 130 lbs full-grown)but it takes them about 3 years to be mentally mature. Meaning having an adolescent dog for a longer period of time and all the craziness that comes with that (my pyr was not as serious as most pyrs are supposed to be). Imagine wrestling that to the vet! They are well-known escape artists. Mine got out once but we fixed the fence. Luckily, he was not a climber. Some of them are capable of climbing fences and when outside they MUST be on a leash or inside a fenced yard. They love to roam (a pyr off leash is a dis-a-pyr). They do need exercise but not the same way a golden or lab would. They don't really play in the same way our lab would. They aren't all high energy excitement like that either (which I preferred). Most are mellow, gentle giants. Also consider if you plan to get another dog as a companion. Many times same-sex pairings can be a bad idea with pyrs because they tend to be dominant. Our guy was a dominant male who liked to hump the lab. The lab ignored him but he annoyed the heck out of my cocker spaniel because he was always in her face trying to guard her. That being said, would I ever get another Pyrenees? In a heartbeat. They are big softies with hearts of gold. Please do your research on the Pyrenees before you decide on the puppy just in case he/she gets the pyr personality more so than the golden personality.

Apr 21, 2020
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Breed
by: Anonymous

Whoops. I forgot to specify about the breed. The puppy could be a mix between a pyr and golden (a Golden Pyrenees is what I've heard them called). Mom could be a white/light golden retriever. It's hard to tell by just a photo. There are all kinds of white dogs--Akbash, Maremma, Great Pyrenees. Maremmas and Pyrs can look similar to each other sometimes. Does the mom have double dew claws on her back legs? This is a Pyrenees/Maremma trait that is handed down.

Apr 21, 2020
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Double Dews
by: Donna

Double dews can be on mixes, as well. I met a great Dane at a shelter rescuing puppy mills dogs. Very strange but obviously had Pyr somewhere in there. Having dews is not a definitive.

The only way you know if you have a full Pyr is if you get one from a recognized kennel club breeder.

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