Great Pyrenees

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Great Pyrenees History

The Great Pyrenees literally translated means “big pasture guardian of flocks”.

Time of Origin

1000 BC

Country of Origin


Great Pyrenees Physical Characteristics

The Great Pyrenees is a mid-sized, large, or large-sized breed that typically stands between 28 and 31 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 90 and 140 pounds. They have a medium-length, thick, and corded double coat that is white, gray, or black with white markings on it. They have a rounded head with a strong muzzle and pendant ears.Their eyes are usually dark in color and they have a straight nose. They are calm and dignified dogs that are very protective.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 27 – 32 inches

Female Height Range: 25 – 29 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 100 – 140 lbs

Female Weight Range: 85 – 115 lbs

Great Pyrenees Health

Description of breed health.


10-12 yrs

Great Pyrenees Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Bloat, Addison’s Disease, Entropion, Cataracts

Great Pyrenees Temperament and Behaviour

The Great Pyrenees is a giant breed of canine that looks like a cross between a small horse and a shaggy sheepdog. They are gentle, patient, calm, and protective of their families. Great Pyrenees get along well with children, other pets, and are generally very tolerant of strangers. They are very intelligent and are eager to please their owners, which makes training fairly easy. They are highly adaptable and can thrive in most climates.

Great Pyrenees Activity Requirements

The Great Pyrenees is a giant, muscular mountain dog that originated in the Pyrenees Mountains. They are large, strong, and powerful. However, they are also sweet and affectionate. This quiet and patient breed is not very active. While they do not need a ton of exercise, they do require at least some daily activity. A walk around the neighborhood or a short jog are good ways to keep your Great Pyrenees happy and healthy. While they are not suited to apartment life, the Great Pyrenees does do well in homes with fenced yards. These dogs are gentle, sweet, and loyal. If you are looking for a quiet companion who will spend most of the day curled up on the couch, a Great Pyrenees might be the perfect dog for you.

Miles Per Day

12 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

4.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Great Pyrenees is part of the Working group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Great Pyrenees is part of the Pastoral group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Great Pyrenees is part of the Utility group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Great Pyrenees is part of the Working Dog group.

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