The Great Pyrenees is very sturdy, and as a breed not affected with many genetic diseases. Being a giant breed, they have some problems that affect the joints. Hip dysplasia can occur in this breed, so it is something you should take into consideration when deciding on a breed and picking a puppy. If you choose a Great Pyrenees, be sure the parents have been x-rayed clear of hip dysplasia. You should be sure to provide enough vitamins and minerals to help the dog to grow up healthy, and to build a proper skeleton. His plentiful and thick fur also needs careful attention: a methodical brushing once a week is necessary. You should also bathe your dog from time to time to bring out the natural beauty of your Great Pyrenees. Dogs who taka part in exhibitions, are bathed each time before stepping into the ring.
The Pyrenees is unable to live in a flat. He is one of the best guard dogs, but also tends to be overweight. He shed his coat twice a year. The puppies grow fast physically, but not mentally. If you decide to own a Great Pyrenees, you must not be fanatical about cleanliness. You must be willing to accept that this dog is constantyly losing tufts of fur. When shedding occurs, you can fill a dustpan with fur from the floor. The remainder gets on the furmiture and your clothing. Many Great Pyrenees breeders carefully pick up the tufts of fur, spin it, and make an indestructible sweater from it. This dog loves wildlife and freedom. The flat - even the biggest - is not for him! Like every dog, he prizes the ability to enter his master's house and accompany him. But what he prizes most is unlimited, hufe space. These dogs don't care about a harsh climate - even during the winter they prefer living outside to living inside the house. A big garden will provide the space to run freely, but it won't replace taking the dog for a long walk.
The Great Pyrenees has a soft dreamy expression, and gives
no evidence of aggression. An enormous inner peace that comes from self-confidence and a sense of power is often mistaken for politeness and/or lethargy. However, one suspicious rustle will in a flash, turn the sleeping giant into a fierce guard dog! The Pyrenees is strong, brave and will not hesitate to intervence when necessary. Anoyone with bad intentions should reconsider when confronted by a Great Pyrenees guarding his home and family. His home and family are like a pack of lambs which have to protected without hesitation and maximum strength. Although ages have passed since the Great Pyrenees protected the homes of the Kings of France, these white giants remember everything that was known to their ancestors. His deep bark is a warning; he is fearless and will not retreat when threatened.
No task is too hard for him, and each task he undertakes will be carried out to perfection. For centuries, he has served as a guardian of the flocks of sheep that were scattered over the estates. In some countries he is used as a shepherd rather than as a livestock guardian. Because of their double coat, these dogs function very well in winter climates. In Canada, they are occasionally used as sled-dogs, being stronger than Alaskan Malemutes, or they are used as mountain ranger;s dogs. It is has been said that not too long ago, before snow scooters came into service, packs of dogs were used in the Alps and Pyrenees to supply people living in villages that had been cut off from the rest of the world. Not only does the Great Pyrenees have an extraordinary body, but is also has a good working head! The Pyrenees can adapt to every new situation, and the will of his master becomes an order. A well-trained Great Pyrenees will follow his master everywhere, without thinking twice. In addition, he seems to sense his masters intentions and can adjust to his mood - being alternately playful, watchful or reserved. With his family, he is often affectionate.
However, he can always be counted on to act appropriately always and everywhere!
The Great Pyrenees is an ideal companion and not only for adults. He is a reliable guard dog, an intelligent enough to understand, respect and be patient with children.
White sheep guarding dogs have been recognized for over two thousand years and the Great Pyrenees is one of the oldest breeds in existence. In the 17th Century, they guarded the courts of the French Kings, but are now admired and appreciated all over the world. The Pyrenees is known for it's magnificent posture, beautiful head, and long, white double coat.
Height - dogs 70 - 80 cm, bitches 65 - 75 cm.
Weight - dogs 60 kilos, bitches 45 kilos.
Average length of life - 12 - 12 years.
He owes his fame to his strong character, he is excellent guard dog who easily adapts to cold weather. He is a loyal, sensitive companion to his family.
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