The Pyrenean Mountain Dog (Pyr for short) is one of the most selfless, loving breeds that you are likely to come across. Strong and steady, the Pyr has a powerful presence whilst maintaining an even higher degree of elegance. Originally bred to help shepherds guard their flocks of sheep, nowadays Pyrs continue to have working applications with people, albeit in a different capacity. Their infectiously positive nature lends themselves well to therapy work, whilst in other instances being utilised as rescue dog due to their strength, loyalty, and high intelligence. Distinctive by its long white coat and warm smile, Pyrenean Mountain Dogs make for great family pets.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Due to their mellow nature, Pyrs are able to live in apartment-type settings, although a backyard of some capacity is preferable. These dogs have a tendency to wander, so when exercising them for between 30 and 60 minutes a day it's important that they stay securely attached to their leash. A gentle giant, Pyrs are extremely protective of their families, and are even more protective of those who it believes are vulnerable. As such, they make the perfect pets for families with young children between whom a wonderful relationship can thrive. It is important to note that these dogs are known to bark quite a lot, and so homes where this will be a major disturbance should consider other breeds.
Common Health Issues
Bone Issues, Gastric Torsion, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Addison's Disease, Cataracts, Entropion, Anaesthesia Sensitivity.