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.
fierce guardians, beloved family pet, LGD Livestock Guardian, firm owner, sweetest thing, intellegent dogs
beautiful coat sheds, dog aggressive tendancies, inherently dominant nature, hot climates, night barking
human neighbors, time cat lovers, natural mothering ability, double coated, extreme working breed
Quickly became my Favorite breed
I was hired at an all Great Pyrenees dog rescue to take care of the dogs, from medicating, to walking, feeding, grooming, vetting, transporting, and adopting out and to keep up with files in person and online. Most of them were purebred, but some were mixes. The daily interaction of the breed was very pleasant and I consistently wished I could adopt one myself, but I already had two dogs and I was living in an apartment at the time. Every day I was met with smiling faces, wagging tails, and unconditional love even though most of them weren't treated very well prior to coming to rescue. They all had hearts of gold! They were easy to feed,crate trained and house trained quickly, and were, in most cases, too smart for their own good. They, however, are a breed that barks a lot, but that's what they were bred to do as they were originally intended to be livestock guardians and had to be capable of alerting fellow pack members and owners of potential threats. They have a super thick double coat that needs daily brushing, but do not shave them as it will ruin the coat. Their floppy ears are prone to yeast infections if not monitored as the flopped down ears prevent good airflow. They have unique Double Dewclaws on their hind legs that should be kept intact. Depending on the individual, they can also be wary of strangers, but can usually become friends in a couple hours as long as the owner seems to be ok with their presence. They are also notorious wanderers and need a secure fence. They are known to climb or dig out if given the chance. Most are very good with kids though and will typically "guard" them as they would their livestock. This will need monitoring though as some individuals can get obsessive with this instinct. They are also very large and I've personally seen some as heavy as 150 pounds. All in all, these dogs are super great to have around, and are the best cuddle buddies! Your own personal teddy bear! I would not, however, recommend this breed for first time dog owners..
From Eqwuus Jan 5 2019 9:26PM
Good for combatting certain types of bacteria
Cefazolin is a 1st generation Cephalosporin. While it does well against many gram positive bacteria (typically those with an uncovered, thick outer wall around the cell), it is very ineffective against gram negative bacteria (those with a thin wall that is protected by an extra membrane). While it does not cover everything, Cefazolin is easier on the body than many other antibiotics. For this reason, it is often used as a preoperative prophylaxis, given in IV fluids prior to surgery. Though its usefulness starts to diminish when dealing with "evolutionarily younger" bacteria, which are usually either gram negative or are developing resistances to certain classes of antibiotics, it remains a regularly used staple in the vet med world. It is commonly used for pneumonia, sepsis, certain bladder and urinary tract infections, or in conjunction with antibiotics that target gram negative bacteria to achieve as broad of a spectrum of treatment as possible in an unidentified infection..
From S Dean - Trainer and Former Vet Tech 539 days ago
Patience makes perfect
Our dog was very aggressive pulling on the leash when we first started walking him. He was a large puppy, and we wanted to get the pulling under control before he got any bigger.
We took advice from a popular TV show and, whenever the dog started to pull, I would stop and patiently wait until the dog stopped pulling. When he finally stopped pulling and calmed down, I'd pet him and we'd begin our walk again. As soon as he started to pull, we'd stop and repeat the process.
All in all, it only took a few walks for him to finally understand that if he started pulling, we weren't going anywhere. However, that first walk or two was fairly frustrating, and I felt pretty silly spending 75% of my walk just standing in place on the sidewalk. But luckily, the dog caught on quickly and now we only have to stop and remind him not to pull every once in a while (perhaps once every 3 or 4 long walks).
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