Great Pyr or not?
I live in Florida, and I purchased an English Golden Retriever which, as you probably know, looks a lot like a Great Pyrenees. The pup's owner was supposed to mail me the AKC papers but never did, and would never return my calls.
When I was in North Carolina (where Great Pyrenees are more common, probably because of the colder weather), I saw two Great Pyrenees that I thought were English Goldens, AND I had several people come up to me and comment on what a beautiful Great Pyrenees my dog was. (One of the people who approached me actually breeds Great Pyrenees.)
I had never heard of a Great Pyrenees (probably because of where I live...in the heat!). From the very beginning, my husband and I noticed that this new pup was nothing like our other Goldens. She was absolutely precious, but very stubborn and would totally ignore our calls almost as though she did not hear us. She would wander off at great distances and was extremely independent, very unlike Goldens. She absolutely insists on being outdoors almost at all times during the day, even if it means we have to sometimes have her on a chain because we do not have a fenced in back yard. AND, she has two dew claws on her hind legs whereas Goldens have none.
At first, she was growing quite quickly, out pacing the growth rate of our Goldens, but at about eleven months old, she pretty much quit growing. By a year, she weighed only 70 pounds which would be about right for a female Golden, but I think would be small for a Great Pyrenees. She does not drool (at all), LOVES people and other dogs, and literally NEVER barks. Also, although she has an incredibly thick white coat, she sheds very little and is very, very playful with every person and every animal she meets.
I have done a lot of research on Great Pyrenees, and she seems to have a lot of the traits of a Great Pyrenees, but then not some of the other traits. I absolutely LOVE her, and wouldn't trade her for anything. But I am wondering if the breeder sold me a Great Pyrenees but said it was a Golden because I would think a Golden would sell for a lot more money than a Great Pyrenees in Florida due to the hot weather. If she is a Great Pyrenees, I would like to get another one, because she's just wonderful and my husband has learned to be the "alpha" dog with her so that she listens now a lot more than she did as a pup (not as much as a Golden). Any thoughts? (Sorry for the long question.)