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Original Name : Berger des Pyrénées à face rase
Type : Lupoid
Other Names : Pyrenean, Sheepdog
Male size : 15¾-21¼ inches
Female size : 15¾- 20½ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : France
This variety of Pyrenean Shepherd is primarily found in the Pyrenean foothills where it was “highly appreciated by horse-dealers and cattle-drovers,” according to Bernard Sénac-Lagrange (1927 yearbook). The qualities that distinguish it from other types of Pyrenean Sheepdogs earned it an appendix to the breed standard in the 1920’s.
Furnished with short, fine hair, which is where it gets its name.
A little shorter than the long-haired variety, almost describing a square.
Fawn, gray, harlequin (blue flecked with black), black. Solid colors are preferred.
The lower part of the ears must be pricked and mobile. Ideally, the top third or even half of the ear should fall forward or to the side.
Well fringed and not too long, set fairly low and forming a hook at the tip.
The hair on the body is of medium length or shorter. It is longest on the neck and withers (around 2½ inches), and on the median line of the back (1-2 inches).
All told, smooth-faced Pyrenean Shepherds have the same characteristics as the long-haired variety. Distinguishing features are the skull, which is almost as broad as it is long, the muzzle, which is a little shorter than the skull but longer than the rough-faced varieties; the body, which is almost equal to the height, and the distance from elbow to ground, which is greater than half the height at the withers.This is a lively, obedient breed, which may however be mistrustful of strangers.
Did you know ?
Those that love the breed will not fail to tell you that these dogs need a lot of daily exercise, and that they demand education and socialization efforts from a very early age.