The Pyrenean Mountain Dog, known as the Great Pyrenees
in North America, is a large breed of dog, used as
a livestock guardian dog. The Great Pyrenees is a
very old breed, and has been used for hundreds of
years by shepherds, including those of the Basque
people, who inhabit parts of the region in and around
the Pyrenees Mountains of southern France and northern
Great Pyrenees Dog Traits
Great Pyrenees Dog Breed
Great Pyrenees Dog Classification:
Great Pyrenees dogs were initially bred
to guard sheep.
Other Names: Pyrenean Mountain
Dog, Patou, Chien des Pyrénées, Chien
de Montagne des Pyrénées, Montañés del
Pirineo, Gos de muntanya dels Pirineus
Great Pyrenees in Foreign Languages:
mastín del Pirineo
Origins: The Great Pyrenees was
initially bred to guard sheep on the steep
mountain slopes of the Pyrenees Mountains.
Description: The Great Pyrenees
is a large breed dog with a broad skull,
sweet face, with a square muzzle and floppy
Size: Great Pyrenees dogs weigh
between 80 to 120 lbs, they stand 25 to
32 inches tall at the shoulder.
110 to 120 lbs
27 to 32 inches tall
80 to 90 lbs
25 to 29 inches tall
Coat: The Great Pyrenees dog has
a thick, weather resistant wooly double
coat that is primarily white or cream,
they can have a varying shades of gray,
red, or tan around the face. The Great
Pyrenees has feathering along his legs,
and a thick mane at his throat.
Disposition: Great Pyrenees dogs
are gentle but protective of their "flock".
They require moderate exercise, they are
affectionate and loyal.
Type Dog: Great Pyrenees are working
Litter Size: Great Pyrenees dogs
give birth to litters of 6 to 10 puppies.
Behavior: Great Pyrenees are hardy
dogs with good temperments, they are loyal
and watchful. They are a typical large