Trying to decide wether or not to adopt a Rescued Female Pyrenees

by Cheryl

My neighbor Foster's Pyrenees and for the first time he was given two puppies that were sadly found in a Dumpster. There were others pups but his two look "nothing" alike, however, from the same litter. He is planning on keeping the maie (which I originally wanted due to his calm temperment) and asked if I would like to adopt the Female which looks so much like a tru Pyr. Lots of hair which concerns me and her temperment is definitely like an Alfa Female.
Here are my concerns:
1) How will she adapt to a "very" anxious/skitzo (sp) cat that freaks over everything. We tried to adopt a stray male cat and my cat ended up with bald patches and hiding in odd places and also urined in my closet which he has never done prior. Will the dog attack the cat or disregard it all together?

2) We will be having a grandchild by year end so by the Spring time they would be sharing the yard - how will this Alpha Female take to the new baby after having this area to herself for so long?

3)I suffer from a chronic illness and will have days that I'm not able to walk her everyday - I have a large fenced backyard for her would that be suffecient excercise? Also, her Brother lives next door and could play with her.

I hope someone can put my head at ease because my heart is already struggling. She came in to this world in such an unpleasant manner that I want to do right by her AND my growing family.

Thank you.

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Feb 16, 2014
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right place
by: Ed (new jersey)

What I can tell you is I have owned my two for about 7 years and though I have owned many breeds I will have Pyres for the rest of my life.

This site has really great pages that are spot on to the breed and while this is a great breed there are things that call for special handling. If they don't fit in your life style you will have problems. Also if you're not sure I would say pass.

Puppies are easier to find a home then even a 1 year old dog so please be fair to the puppy also make sure your ready for a long commitment. They shed enough hair to cover the floor of a room. They bark at every thing as they should as a guard dog and some slobber a fair amount ( I find this with my male more then the female.)

If that kind of thing is not a deal breaker then you're in luck because they are the kindest, sweetest most loyal and loving dog I have ever had in the 38 years of dog ownership. Please make the best choice for both you and the puppy her life will depend on it.

Aug 11, 2014
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Adopt a rescue Pyr
by: Donna

It's very sad for the dogs when people do not spay or neuter. They end up doing what these people did to these puppies. Very irresponsible.

I am a little late in answering as you may have already adopted.

My opinion on adopting in answer to your questions:

1. She may adapt. Pyrs are known to be good with domestic pets even if it's schizo! Usually, they will ignore it.


2. When you say 'alpha', what do you mean? A top-ranked dog doesn't have to do anything but be very secure in themselves. Other dogs will automatically respect them. If they don't, the high-ranked dog will put them quickly into place.

Pyrs are guardian dogs so are known to protect the vulnerable whether it be babies or adults.

3. It would be better that she gets exercise just so she doesn't get bored. She also needs to be socialized to the outside world.

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