Thinking about purchasing an Pyrenean Shepherd? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Pyrenean Shepherd breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Pyrenean Shepherd owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Pyrenean Shepherd and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Pyrenean Shepherd Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Pyrenean Shepherd and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Pyrenean Shepherd Profile
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.
Pyrenean Shepherd 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.
Pyrenean Shepherd 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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