Berger des Pyrenees

Dog Breed Profile

Home Dog Breeds Herding Berger des Pyrenees

Berger des Pyrenees History

The Berger des Pyrénées (also known as the Picardy Spaniel or Catalan Setter) is a breed of gundog originating in France. The Berger is descended from a mixture of Spanish and Italian setters, possibly including the English Pointer. The Berger des Pyrénées originated on the Basque coast of France, in the region of southern France known today as Occitanie. The Occitan word for a Pointer is berger, and this is the origin of the name “Paternoster”, which was first given to the setters of the area. The word périne (“pyre” meaning fire) was believed to have been used to describe the dogs’ long ears and tails, which are distinguishing features of the breed. The Berger is a medium-sized, short-haired gundog, with males and females measuring 58–67 centimetres (23–26 in) and 55–64 centimetres (21–25 in), respectively. The coat is black and tan, with a white blaze on the face, neck, chest, and legs. The eyes are hazel, dark brown, or a reddish-yellow. The tail is medium in length and is set high.

Time of Origin

6000 BC

Country of Origin




Berger des Pyrenees Physical Characteristics

The Berger des Pyrenees is a large, medium-to-large-sized breed of domestic sheepdog that is native to the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France. It is a working farm dog, and is used to guard livestock, herd, drive, and to herd.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, White, Brindle, Blue, Gray, Fawn

Height Range

Male Height Range: 16 – 20 inches

Female Height Range: 15 – 19 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 44 – 55 lbs

Female Weight Range: 30 – 45 lbs

Berger des Pyrenees Health

Description of breed health.


15-17 yrs

Berger des Pyrenees Health Concerns

Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Patellar Luxation, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

Berger des Pyrenees Temperament and Behaviour

The Berger des Pyrenees is an energetic and athletic breed of dog. They love to play and are often very playful. At times, their playfulness can lead them to their downfall, as they sometimes ignore warning signs of danger and may engage in dangerous behaviors in pursuit of pleasure. They are eager learners and eager to learn new tricks. They are protective of their owners and love to be close to their family.

Berger des Pyrenees Activity Requirements

The Berger des Pyrenees is a large, rugged dog that was bred for tracking, guarding and hunting. This intelligent, independent breed is happiest when they have a job to do. While your Berger des Pyrenees may enjoy a daily outing, they are a highly intelligent, independent dog. This makes them prone to developing destructive or unwanted behaviors. It is important to provide your Berger with physical and mental stimulation, and make sure they are properly trained and socialized. This large, athletic breed needs plenty of exercise and room to run. They are best suited to homes with yards, but they can be happy in an apartment if they receive enough attention and exercise.

Miles Per Day


Activity Per Day


Daily Food


Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Berger des Pyrenees is part of the Unclassified group.

Visit the American Kennel Club website.

The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Berger des Pyrenees is part of the Unclassified group.

Visit the Kennel Club website.

Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Berger des Pyrenees is part of the Unclassified group.

Visit the Australian National Kennel Council website.

Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Berger des Pyrenees is part of the Herding group.

Visit the Canadian Kennel Club website.