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Pyrenean Shepherd Puppies
Description: The Berger de Pyrenees, or Pyrenean Shepherd, is a medium sized breed that comes in two different varieties: the Long-haired and the Smooth-haired. Some even break the breed down into another category: the Wire-haired. These variations came about from the area in which the breed lived, with fur length and texture determined by the climate and living conditions. The Long-haired type has long, shaggy hair that will cord if not brushed out regularly. The Smooth-haired type has less fur, and it is shorter, about medium length. Both are herding dogs, bred for working with the Pyrenean Mountain dog and the Pyrenean Mastiff. Pyrenean Shepherds can be nervous, but good at working at a job. They thrive off of an activity and being around their people. They are active, full of energy, and can be mischievous at times. Training is essential for this breed, as they can turn into little terrors if not properly trained and socialized when they are young. The Smooth-haired type tends to be less nervous than the Long-haired, but both have exceeding energy and spunk.
Other Names: Labrit, Berger des Pyreness, Pyr, Pyr Shep, Berger, Petit BergerType: Shepherd Dog
15.5 - 22 inches; Long-haired: 15 - 19 inches.
Colors: Fawn, grey,
blue, merle, brindle, black, with or without white markings.
Shepherds are lively, energetic and nervous. They are built for speed, have
great endurance, and love to work. They thrive off of a job or activity to do.
They like being around their family, but are not as kind to strangers. They
are wary of strangers, in fact. Pyr Sheps do not tolerate annoyances from children
or other people. They are protective of their own, alert, and fearless. They
can become mischievous if not trained or socialized properly. Independent but
loyal, the Pyrenean Shepherd is a good guardian. They are also excellent watchdogs,
and have been described in literature as, "a ball of fire...so vivacious and
quick-witted that...he can...perform any task."
Watch-dog: Very High.
Care and Exercise: The
coat of the Long-haired needs to be brushed weekly in order to keep it from
cording. Their coat should be brushed weekly to remove dead hairs and twigs,
burrs, etc. Ears, teeth and nails should be checked and/or groomed regularly,
and ears can be cropped. This breed is very energetic on its own, and therefore
needs regular, consistent exercise. They may get their own exercise through
their own activities, but activities or walks should be provided otherwise.
Health Issues: Epilepsy, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), hip dysplasia, and patellar luxation.
Life Span: 9 - 15 years.
Country of Origin: France
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
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