Species group: Working Group dogs
Other name(s): Pyrs; Pyrenean Mountain Dog; Chien de Montagne des Pyrénées; Chien des Pyrénées; Montañés del Pirine
The Great Pyrenees is a huge bear of a dog with a protective spirit that projects an aura of calm and great dignity. This ancient breed's origins may go back thousands of years, where it has been lost in the mists of time, but its ancestors may have arrived in Europe as early as 1800 BC. They have worked as guardians of the flock in the mountain ranges of southwestern Europe for many centuries. Despite their size, they are well-regarded family dogs who are gentle and concerned with protecting human children with the same concern they brought to defending sheep.
With its thick double coat and calm temperament, the so-called Pyrenees Mountain Dog is a watcher that enjoys long walks, not a heavily athletic animal ready for a jog. While not huge puzzle solvers like some of the other herding dogs, they do have the ability to draw their own conclusions. The right owners will be calm, confident, and capable of establishing themselves as the alpha, rather than allowing the dog to decide who is and who isn't a part of the flock. Make them feel important with a small job like carrying a backpack.
Appearance / health:
The Great Pyrenees is a large white dog with great strength. The wedge-shaped head has a slightly rounded crown. The almond-shaped eyes are medium sized and dark brown in color. The ears are V-shaped with rounded tips. The muzzle is equal in length to the back skull. The cheeks are flat and a slight furrow exists between the eyes. The neck is muscled and of medium length. The chest is moderately broad. The well-plumed tail is carried low in repose.
They are average shedders. Regular brushing and combing is necessary to remove the dead hair and to keep the coat healthy.
They require moderate amounts of exercise. Long walks and short sprints are good ways of keeping the dog healthy.
Great Pyrenees dogs are prone to bloat, a fatal condition characterized by gas in the intestine. Cancer is another serious issue reported in Pyrs. Eye problems, allergies, and thyroid problems occur in many dogs.
Behavior / temperament:
Great Pyrenees dogs may be lying down with eyes closed or may appear distracted but they are extremely vigilant and protective of their family and property. They have a mind of their own and may not respond to their master's commands all the time. The Great Pyrenees dog is territorial and protective by nature, which may need to be controlled in an urban setting. They do not have any chasing or retrieving instincts unlike many other breeds. When kept alone for long periods, they may get bored and indulge in destructive behavior such as excessive barking.
Early training and socialization will help Pyrs to adjust well to their surroundings. Obedience training is necessary for these strong-willed dogs. Pyrenees are quick learners but they get bored easily. Short, training sessions without unnecessary repetition may be effective to train them. The trainer needs to be firm and consistent, but never harsh, while training them.
They bark often. Bored and poorly trained dogs are likely to bark incessantly for no reason.
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The Year I Adopted a Potato Chip Cloud
I didn't want a dog. My partner did, and I complained incessantly to him on the way to the breeder's farm. "Dogs are noisy, and smelly, and messy. They're pushy, and high-maintenance, and dumb. I just don't want one!" I ranted during our trip. He assured me that he had done his research, and he just wanted me to give the day a chance. A month later we adopted our first Great Pyrenees puppy - Luna. The following 6 months turned me into a devoted fan of Great Pyrenees. I can't imagine ever living in a home again without a Great Pyr to brighten its rooms. Luna is 8 months old and weighs in at a surprisingly graceful 70 pounds. She is almost pure white, but she has some faint badger markings around her ears and on her back. Her fur is fluffy and plush, and is in the process of growing into a dense double coat. She's a crowd favorite. Whenever we step outside our front door strangers inevitably greet us with exclamations of surprise at her size, her luminescence, and her gentle spirit. In fact, one teenage girl squealed, "She's just like a cloud!" a few weeks ago. That's now my favorite descriptor for Luna: she's my cloud. Luna floats around our home, shuffling from room to room while she watches each family member in turn. She's surprisingly quiet for a Great Pyrenees - Great Pyrs have a reputation for alerting their families to cars, grass, squirrels, reflections, the sun . . . but Luna only makes a peep if a stranger is on our back patio. Luna has a sunny disposition, and is happy to welcome strangers into our home. She seems to take special care with children, understanding that she must be calm around tiny humans. She does love to chew, and her powerful jaws have shredded more than a few "tough" chew toys. Luna is stubborn as well - understand that Great Pyrenees historically were bred for independence and intelligence. She's smart, and eagerly completes training drills. But if our instructions conflict with what she thinks is appropriate in day-to-day life, she sometimes ignores us (which can be scary when we need her to listen for safety's sake - what do you call a Great Pyr off a leash? A dis-a-pyr!) If you do adopt a Great Pyrenees, keep in mind that they do best in single-family homes with large yards. We adopted Luna into a pet-friendly townhouse with a fenced backyard dog-run - and we've been lucky. More than one Great Pyr has been surrendered because incessant barking kept neighbors up far later than was civil. In addition, Great Pyrenees nocturnal instincts make them ideal for night-owls and third-shifters everywhere. Finally, beware the potato-chip syndrome that accompanies your first Great Pyrenees: It's hard to have just one!.
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Two main underlying causes of gastroesophageal reflux are recent anesthesia and chronic vomiting, which can be caused by a number of different conditions like chronic gastritis or gastroenteritis, chronic pancreatitis, food allergies, lympangiectasia, parasites, inflammatory bowel disease etc. Dogs suffering from chronic gastritis and duodenitis, which aren't caused by allergens, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, acute and chronic pancreatitis and lymphangiectasia (if you use low fat i/d), liver disease, and dogs who don't have a particular diagnosis, but have a "sensitive stomach" will benefit the most from this diet. In cases of metabolic and endocrine diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, food allergies, intestinal obstruction, foreign bodies, etc. this type of diet wont be much help, though it's always useful for your dog to eat something which is more digestible when they have GI problems. Foods which are easy to digest move faster through the GI tract and induce less acid production, thus helping the healing process, by reducing the acid production and further damage, as well as reducing the time GI tracts spends digesting food so it can have more time to heal. Hill's I/D and other commercial "gastro-intestinal" diets have been tailored according to research suggesting level of nutrients best for management of GI inflammation. Besides the composition of the diet there are few other factors which can be beneficial. Wet foods are better, and even better if they've been heated to 20-38°C. Also small and more frequent meals work better then just one big meal. .
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Babysitting the 'grand-dog'
Both of our older dogs were crate trained when they were puppies and into their young adult years, but have long ago been able to be trusted to be out and about in the house when we are not home.
My son's dog, however, is another story. We occasionally dog-sit for Delilah and while we love her dearly, we can't trust her on her own. She does not have a crate at my son's house, so it's interesting that she accepts being put in her crate at our house so readily.
If we need to leave the house while she is here, or when we are ready to go to bed, we just gently hold her collar, say 'Let's go to bed', and lead her to the crate. If it's her first time in it in a while, she is a little hesitant, but then she goes in and relaxes.
If she hears us moving around in our room -- her crate is right outside our bedroom door -- she will whine for a few minutes. As long as we don't interact with her, she settles down and goes to sleep. .
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