DOB: March 24, 2015
Other Animals: Cats, chickens, other dogs so far
Health Issues: Allergies but does well on Kangaroo or raw is an option, some grasses
Yuki is a beautiful girl and quite tiny for a Great Pyrenees. She is about 60 pounds give or take. Yuki is used to being in a home and close to her people. She has excellent manners in the house and is quiet. She has only barked in the house a few times at animals passing by the window. She usually is low key and relaxed when near all people. She loves her cuddles and will jump up on the couch beside you for TV time or movies. She sleeps at the end of our bed on the floor and makes it through the night peacefully. The odd night she has woken up to go to the window if she hears a coyote or another animal passing through the property, but she is a Pyr so we expect her to display some of the typical behaviour.
Yuki does struggle with some separation anxiety but is not destructive, nor does she have accidents when left in the house for a few hours alone. We are working on the separation anxiety, which comes in the form of nervousness and barking. She enjoys other dogs, cats, is used to chickens and walks right through the flock without tension. She is awesome with children. She gets a little upset when the cat goes by her food dish but Yuki is very obedient and eager to please so she responds to redirection.
When left alone outside away from her people, Yuki will get nervous and bark to come in or bark at distractions outside. This may be because she likes to stay close to her people or just her Pyr coming out. She walks wonderfully on a leash but will pull and tense up to meet other dogs. I haven't come across other dogs on our walks yet here at home, so I can't comment on if she is leash aggressive.
Yuki can be an escape artist. She can climb over things my 120 pound Sam wouldn't dream of. She bolted once and went to my neighbours to meet the dog there but showed no aggression. She has not tried to get over our fencing but hurled herself over a dutch door, even after my husband thought he "Yuki proofed" it.
Her allergies are listed and its clear when she gets into food she shouldn't as she becomes very itchy. She will scratch at her ears and body. She does well on the Kangaroo and would probably do well on a raw diet as long as none of her listed allergies are in the dinner bowl. It is listed that she also has allergies to many grasses and weeds. Other than itching when she gets into cat food, we haven't noticed any discomfort from being outside.
My husband said last night "she acts like she has been with us for 10 years, she is such a good dog". I think Yuki came from a very loving home where they spent a lot time with her owners. I think Yuki would make a great companion dog especially for those who are home a lot of the time or even for those who battle some anxiety themselves. It is is very calming to cuddle with her and she could do so for hours. She just laps up all the love.
Anyone who is fortunate enough to adopt Yuki will be blessed with an amazing girl. Just keep in mind though, as great as she in the house her Great Pyrenees traits will take over outside. She will bark and may try to escape to explore. We love fostering Yuki and It will be hard to let her go but we know that there are many out there who may make a good fit for her needs.
They are beautiful dogs with great temperaments given the right breeding, socialization, care including diet and training. Dogs are a lifelong commitment.
BARKING: They bark more than most dogs and neighbours do complain. That is a common reason for people surrendering their Pyrs (they didn’t do their research). Their bark is what deters predators and it is instinct to them. That and marking their territory. To take away their bark is to take away who they are. The barking can be managed but it takes time, patience and consistency with positive-reinforcement training. If you don’t like barking, they are not the dog for you.
CONTAINMENT: Pyrs love to hang out outside and their instinct is to wander. Therefore, they require at least a 6-foot secure fence in a large yard in which they can play, run and watch over. Some have been know to scale any height of fencing. No tie outs for these guys. It can lead to aggression since they cannot fully watch over their territory. If they are out all day, as they usually prefer when the family is home, they need shelter from the elements. And, no electric collars or invisible fencing.
DIGGING: They dig holes in your garden to stay cool in summer so you’ll want to set aside some garden for them.
DIET: Raw is the species-appropriate diet. They eat 2%-3% of the ideal body weight. The breakdown is about 50% edible bone, 35% muscle meat and 5-10% organ meat of beef, chicken, rabbit, deer etc. Do not feed what they are guarding. Start them out on one protein until they are used to it and gradually add another. If you need to feed kibble, ensure it is of high quality and preferably the baked kind. Raw food primer.
DOGS: If you want more than one dog in the home or working, we always recommend two dogs of the opposite sex. Two males or two females do not always see eye-to-eye and fights will ensue in most cases, but not all.
EXERCISE: They require regular walks, of course, so they get out and see the world to keep them interested in life. They must be leashed because they will wander. Again, they have been specifically bred to wander with sheep as they watch over them.
GROOMING: Working and companion dogs must be groomed. They require a good weekly grooming to keep them mat free and their skin healthy (hence, pain free from the pulling of mats as they move), and cutting their nails including their dew claws every couple of weeks to a month. NEVER have their dew claws removed. This is a barbaric practice. Simply keep the dews trimmed.
They molt twice a year and shed all year round so your vacuum stays full. NEVER shave a Pyr. Their coats keep them cool in summer–they lose their undercoat, leaving just guard hairs–the guard hairs protect your dog from sunburn and insulate him against heat, as well as allowing air to circulate to keep the skin cool–and warm in winter–their undercoat grows close to the skin to keep your dog warm and dry. This system only works if you groom your dog regularly. If you don’t like grooming, take your dog to a master groomer. If you don’t want to, this isn’t the dog for you.
MICROCHIP: Make sure to chip your dog at the local shelter or at your vet so that if he accidentally wanders off, you will be found. Also, ensure he has proper ID on his collar.
NEUTER/SPAY: Make sure to neuter/spay your dog at the appropriate age which can be between one to two years old. Until that time, be responsible and do not allow any breedings. Leave breeding to the experts. Shelters are already full of unwanted dogs. Our dogs are neutered and spayed when they come into our care.
TRAINING: They require socialization and handling by many many people as pups by the breeder to be continued by their new people. They also require positive-reinforcement training. Pyrs, nor any dogs, take kindly to any kind of punishment.
It’s important to work with dogs as if in a dance and you are leading. Rewards for good behaviour and redirect for unwanted behaviour. It’s up to you to make them a good canine citizen. When engaging a trainer, ensure they use positive-reinforcement training to show you how to manage your dog. If you are not ready to train a dog, this is not the dog for you.
To train a Pyr is not like training some other breeds. They are not eager-to-please and just as soon walk away from you than do as you say. They were bred by man to be used as guardian livestock dogs because they do not require human intervention to tell them how to do their job. Lots of patience, consistency and time is required to work with them. If you want an obedient dog, this is not the dog for you.
WHY ARE THEY SURRENDERED: There are those in need of a home because someone didn’t realize they would get so big, bark so much, leave so much hair in the house, wander, and require work.
It is very important to do your research on any breed before deciding if they are a good match for your family. Please start here:
The Great Pyrenees.
Regarding dogs and children. We never want to see these dogs fail so it’s important that children learn how to behave with dogs and that parents never leave their children alone with a dog. Here is a link on that subject:
Children and Dogs.
Adoption donation: $350.00
If you are interested in Yuki (located in Hillsburgh, Ontario area), please fill out an adoption application.
It doesn’t mean you have to adopt him nor does it mean you will be able to adopt him. It simply gives us more information about you and a better idea if your family will make a good match.