Heidi Strawn
February 4, 2011


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Use: The Great Pyrenees dog breed is courageous, loyal and affectionate with its owners. The breed is often used to guard livestock.


History: The Great Pyrenees is an elegant, long-haired, gentle giant. Owners credit this with the ability to sense danger, thus determining the trustworthiness of individuals it encounters. A calm dog with dignity, the Great Pyrenees breed has guarded families and flocks in the Pyrenean Mountains for centuries.


Conformation: The Great Pyrenees dog breed has a weather-resistant double coat. The undercoat is dense, fine and wooly, and the outer coat is long, thick, coarse and flat. The coat colors come in solid white with or without wolf-gray, badger or tan markings. They also have black eye rims. Male dogs measure 27 to 32 inches in height at the shoulder, and female dogs measure 25 to 29 inches in height at the shoulder. Males’ weights range between 100 and 125 pounds, and females’ weights range between 85 and 115 pounds.


Special Considerations/Notes: The Great Pyrenees dog breed’s life expectancy is about 10 to 12 years. The breed requires weekly brushing to keep its long double coat in good condition; however, extra attention is needed for its dense undercoat during shedding season.

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