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Australian Shepherd / Great Pyrenees Mix

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Is the Australian Shepherd / Great Pyrenees Mix right for you?

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The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.

The first generation Australian Shepherd / Great Pyrenees Mix is a cross between a pure Australian Shepherd and a pure Great Pyrenees, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This isn't a common mix, but you may occasionally encounter it in a rescue.

Appearance / health:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog. But you can expect a large, sturdy animal that looks more like the Australian Shepherd or more like the Great Pyrenees depending on the roll of the genetic dice.

Behavior / health:
In an ideal world, the Australian Shepherd / Great Pyrenees Mix would be an amazing herding and flock guardian, with the wide-ranging herding ability of the Aussie combined with the Pyr's ability to watch and defend against even the most intimidating of predators. In reality, it's anybody's guess how the DNA will shake out when you mix these two. Expect a high energy dog that responds well to positive reinforcement. It's possible a given individual would be too much for the average dog owner. If possible, get to know the individual dog in question before you decide to take it home.

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