Great Pyrenees Dog Breed Information


Great Pyrenees Quick Facts
Great Pyrenees
Breed Group: Working
Origen: France/Spain
Nickname: Chien des Pyrénées, Chien de Montagne des Pyrénées,Montañés del Pirineo
Weight: 85-100 lbs
Height: 25-32 inches
Color(s): white or white with markings of gray, badger, reddish brown, or tan


Great Pyrenees Appearance

The Great Pyrenees also known as Pyrenean Mountain Dog is a giant, gorgeous dog with kindly and regal appearance. He is big bone and sturdy. His body is just bit longer than tall. The muzzle is about the same length as the back skull. It has a big V-Shape head, almond shape eyes and relatively small ears. They have a well feathered tail that reaches the hocks and can be carried low, or up over the back in a wheel when the dog is excited. 

The Great Pyrenees has a thick weather-resistant double coat. The undercoat is dense, fine and hazy, and the outer coat is long, thick, coarse and flat. The coat colors are either solid white or white with markings of gray, badger, reddish brown, or tan. The weight of the Great Pyrenees is around 85-100 pounds and the height is around 25-32 inches.

Great Pyrenees Temperament

The Great Pyrenees is extremely intelligent, confident, gentle and loyal to its family. They are strong willed, independent and somewhat reserved. They are excellent playmate for children and at the same time a great guard dog. The Great Pyrenees gets along well with cats and other household animals but is suspicious with strangers and is very protective. Early obedience training is necessary. They are often used to guard livestock. When not provoked, it is calm, well- mannered, and somewhat serious. The Great Pyrenees may be slightly difficult if left alone inside the house for long periods of time and without the proper amount of exercise and attention can become destructive. 

Is Great Pyrenees the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Great Pyrenees is not recommended for apartment life and will do best with at least a mid-sized yard. They are not really active indoor but needs space and plenty of exercise to stay in shape. They are remarkably sensitive and concerned to your emotions and will comfort you when you need it. These breeds are expert barkers. They have a deep, booming bark. They bark at things you will never even know exist, especially at night, when your neighbors are trying to sleep. 

Great Pyrenees Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Great Pyrenees is around 10 years.

Great Pyrenees Health problems

The Great Pyrenees is a relatively healthy breed. The major concerns associated with them are gastric torsion, CHD (Canine hip dysplasia), eye problems, heart problems, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, bone cancer and deafness. 

Great Pyrenees Care and Grooming

The Great Pyrenees double coat requires daily brushing and combing, especially during shedding season. Brush them with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Over bathing or frequent bathing your dog will strip the oils from the coat and may cause severe skin irritations and possible allergy type reactions. To avoid gastric torsion is better to feed two or three small meals a day rather than one large meal.

Great Pyrenees Shedding

The Great Pyrenees is a heavy shedder. They shed all year round and do so heavily once a year; you'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.