Pyrenean Shepherd

Pyrenean Shepherd At a Glance

Country of Origin:

France

Breed Group:

AKC (Herding); CKC (Herding); FCI (Sheepdogs); KC (Pastoral); UKC (Herding)

Size:

Medium. Weight: 15–32 lbs Height: Males 15.5–21.5 inches; Females 15–20.5 inches

Coat:

Has two varieties: Rough of smooth

Color:

Shades of Fawn, Gray, Black, Black with White Markings, Merles of Diverse Tones, Brindle

Life Span:

10 to 14 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Intelligence
Kid Friendly
Playfulness
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

Two Pyrenean Shepherds can herd a flock of 1000 sheeps.

Pyrenean Shepherd Overview

The Pyrenean Shepherd is a breed designed for working ability. He is quick around sheep and well protected from predators and weather with his coat. These versatile sheepdogs are still used in the Pyrenees Mountains to herd livestock today, due to their ability to adapt to the harsher climates.

 

Pyrenean Shepherd Characteristics

The Pyrenean comes in two forms, though both are the same breed. The smooth face has a longer, narrower snout and long hair, looking similar to a Border Collie or other herding dog. The rough face features a flattened snout and triangular pricked ears with a rougher coat, giving it the appearance of other breeds such as a Briard. However, both are considered the same breed of dog.

 

Pyrenean Shepherd Temperament

The top trait of the Pyrenean is his fearless nature. He is loyal and devoted to his family, alert and watchful, and barks at unfamiliar noises. He may be wary of strangers, aiding in his watchdog nature. Proper socialization starting from puppyhood is needed if he is to be around strange pets, children or other people.

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Pyrenean Shepherd Care

Lifespan is on average 10 to 14 years, typical for a medium-sized dog. A few health concerns include epilepsy, hip dysplasia and luxating patellas. Careful selection of parents and screening for these diseases can help reduce incidence in litters.

 

Pyrenean Shepherd Coat

Both the rough and smooth coat require very little care. A brushing every month or so will help remove dead hair and prevent matting. The coat is naturally thick, for protection against the elements, and will stay thick even after brushing. Removal of debris and mats will help keep the coat looking its best.

 

Pyrenean Shepherd Training

As a Shepherd, jobs come easy. The Shepherd is naturally inclined to herding and this carries over to obedience training. He is smart, responsive and alert, and will quickly pick up any new commands. Their intelligent nature also makes them ideal in dog sporting events.

 

Pyrenean Shepherd Activity

The Pyrenean is a Shepherd and so requires a large amount of activity to stay in shape mentally and physically. Happiest with a job, if the Pyrenean is a companion pet he should get lots of walks, hikes, playtime and puzzles to keep him happy. It is rare for this breed to get tired out.

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