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!.
From tmmuhs Oct 22 2016 7:08AM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 56 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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