Pyrenean Mountain Dog FCI Standard
At first, the Great Pyrenees was primarily owned by peasants, but in 1675, the Dauphin in the court of King Louis XIV named the Great Pyrenees «the Royal Dog of France». As a result the French nobility began to use the breed as guard estates. During the XIX century some breed members were exported to other countries. In 1870 Queen Victoria acquired the Great Pyrenees and the breed was used to help restore the Saint Bernard.
The Kennel Club (England) registered the first Great Pyrenees in 1885. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the breed in 1933. The United Kennel Club (UKC) followed it in 1949. Today, the Great Pyrenees is used as a property guardian, but most breed members are great family companions as well as search and rescue dogs and therapy dogs.
This breed is protective by nature and makes a great guard dog. The Pyrenean Mountain Dog is wary of strangers, but will tolerate guests. Although this breed is not particularly aggressive it can be over-protective and can interpret a rough game as an attack to its family. Proper socialisation is a must for this large breed.
The Great Pyrenees is territorial and dominant. In general, your dog will be wary around other dogs and won’t be friendly with them. However, those dogs Great Pyrenees have been socialized with from a very young age it will accept and consider as members of the flock.
The Pyrenean Mountain Dog usually gets along well with large animals such as sheep, cattle, and horses, but it will try to drive off or even attack strange animals. Your dog won’t accept small animals (cats in particular), but you still can socialize your dog and it will tolerate other animals.
• heart problems;
• liver failure;
• canine hip dysplasia;
• elbow dysplasia;
• eye problems;
• degenerative myopathy;
• gastric torsion.
Check and clean your dogs’ ears and brush the teeth regularly and trim the nails. This breed needs to be bathed only when dirty.
Start socialisation from a very your age. If you want a dog that will excel in obedience competitions or perform tricks then the Great Pyrenees is definitely not for you.
Remember that the Great Pyrenees can overheat; so try to reduce the amount of exercises during summer. This is definitely not a good idea to keep this dog in an apartment.