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Great Pyrenees

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Dog Breed Group
Working Dogs 
Origin of Breed
France as a flock protector. 
Life Expectancy
10 to 12 years 
Color
white or white with gray or brown markings 
Coat
Weather-resistant double coat consists of long, thick, and coarse outercoat of straight or wavy hair, and a thick, dense underco 
Exercise Needs
Needs plenty of exercise. Long walks are advised. 
Temperament
It is a calm and intelligent and has a natural instinct for guarding. Must receive consistent obedience training while young and 
Good with Children
Usually gentle and patient with children. Highly territorial and protective of family pets but will chase others away. Makes a v 
Grooming Needs
Heavy shedder. Requires a few brushings per week. Bathe only when necessary. The outer coat does not mat so care is relatively e 
Average Size - Male (in)
27 - 32 
Average Size - Female (in)
25 - 29 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
> 100 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
> 85 
Health Issues
It may suffer from eye diseases, deafness, and orthopedic problems including hip dysplasia.v
Living Conditions
Does best in suburbs or country environment but adapts well to urban living if exercise requirements are met. 

Breed Description

This breed probably originated in Asia and immigrated later to Europe. Its closest relatives are the Kuvasz and the Newfoundland to which it may have contributed. It is also called PYRENEAN MOUNTAIN DOG, and is a large working dog, probably of Asian origin, that appeared in Europe between 1800 and 1000 BC. The court favourite of 17th-century France, the Great Pyrenees was originally used in the Pyrenees Mountains to guard flocks of sheep from wolves and bears. The breed has been used for centuries to guard flocks in the Pyrenean mountains. It is noted as a guard and watchdog and has been used to pull carts and, during World War I, to carry contraband goods between France and Spain. It is a massive dog with drooping ears and a characteristic rolling gait.

Breed Infobits

The Great Pyrenees is probably one of the strongest breeds, but its gentle nature has made it very popular.
It is also known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Chien de Montagne des Pyrenees

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