Two Dogs In One
by Philip Todd
I have been owned by three Pyrs and one of the first things I learned about them is that as a 7 week old puppy, the "look" they give you means the you are mine and I will take care of you. They will forgo food, water, ice, storm, wind and strange noises and no matter what, they will not deviate from their duty to protect.
When a Pyr goes into guard mode, it is in charge, it makes the decisions, calls the "play," and takes action.
Because of their ability to analyze, think, make decisions and defend against and overcome superior forces, I believe the Great Pyrenees is the smartest of all dogs.
One of the neatest things my Pyr does is during the night he gets up and patrols the house. At the end of his patrol comes back to the bedroom, plops down and makes a hoofph sound,