Original Name : Chien de Montagne des Pyrénées
Type : Molossoid
Other Names : Pyrenean, Mountain, Dog
Male size : 27½-31½ inches with ¾ inch tolerance either way in the most typical specimens
Female size : 25½-29½ inches with ¾ inch tolerance either way in the most typical specimens
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Countries of origin : France
This giant breed is imposing and strongly built, but not lacking in elegance. Great Pyrenees dogs are tenacious shepherds that are able to hold off bears and wolves, a role they continue to play today. They are now popular on every continent, from North America to Australasia.
Not too large for the body, fairly flat at the sides.
Length from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttocks is slightly greater than the height at the withers.
White, white with gray, badger, wolf patches, pale yellow or orange (tan) on head, ears and, at birth, tail; sometimes on the body.
Set as high as the eyes, fairly small, triangular, hanging and rounded at the tip.
Bushy, forming a plume, carried low at rest, preferably hooked at the tip.
Well furnished, flat, fairly long and supple, fairly crisp on shoulders and back, longer on the tail and around the neck, where it may be a little wavy.
Great Pyrenees dogs have long populated the mountain range that gives them their name. In the Middle Ages they were used to guard châteaux, but by the 17th century they were already prized as companion dogs. They were even kept at the court of Louis XIV of France. The first detailed description of the breed dates from 1897 in a book by a Dutch Count Bylandt. The first breed clubs were formed ten years later and the official standard was published in 1923. It has changed very little down the decades.Great Pyrenees dogs have been bred first and foremost to guard flocks, so they are strong and agile, as well as gentle and attached to their charges.