Breed Group: Herding
Weight: 15-30 lbs
Height: Male: 15.5-21.5; Female: 15-20.5 inches
Color(s): Gray, fawn, merle, brindle.
Originating in France, the Pyrenean Shepherd was utilized for herding livestock; particularly sheep. After World War I this breed garnered national recognition in their native country for their valiant work as company mascots, watchdogs, couriers, and search and rescue dogs. Pyrenean Shepherd's are considered to be rare outside of France and are difficult to obtain.
The Pyrenean Shepherd breed is the smallest of the French herding dogs. They possess an intelligent and expressive face. The Pyrenean Shepherd is well-proportioned, energetic, lean, and athletic. They are built for speed, have great endurance, are brave and fearless.
The Pyrenean Shepherd is not recommended for homes with children or for inexperienced dog owners. This breed is loyal, devoted, and watchful. They form close attachments to one family member. Pyrenean Shepherd's are wary and suspicious of strangers and make excellent guardians. They do well with dogs they have been raised with or properly introduced to.
Weekly brushing is necessary to keep the coat free of matting and tangles. The nails, ears, and teeth must be checked regularly. The Pyrenean Shepherd breed is prone to such health issues as Hip Dysplasia, Patella Luxation, PRA, and Epilepsy.
The Pyrenean Shepherd presents in two varieties: Rough Faced and Smooth Faced. The Rough Faced is a double coat breed. The outer coat is long to demi-long, slightly wavy, or flat. The texture is harsh. The undercoat is minimal and fine. The Smooth Faced is a single coat breed. The muzzle is covered with fine, short hair and becomes somewhat longer on the head and ruff. The body hair is fine and soft. The coats of both varieties are water-proof.
The Pyrenean Shepherd is sensitive and independent, yet eager to please. Early and ongoing socialization and obedience is a must. They do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training should be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency.
The Pyrenean Shepherd requires an inordinate amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation. They are not recommended for city or apartment living. The Pyrenean Shepherd does best in a rural setting where they have a job to do and ample room to roam, work, and play. They enjoy such dog sports as agility, flyball, and competitive obedience.
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