Appearance: 25-32" (63-81 cm) over 88 lb (female) or 100 lb (male) (40 kg or 50 kg) Long, flat thick outercoat. Dense wooly outercoat. Neck ruff. White, white with grey, badger, reddish brown, tan markings.
Born in the Pyrenees Mountains of France and Spain, the Great Pyrenees protected the sheep and cattle that supported native peoples. Brave, sure-footed and utterly reliable, these white giants cared for their charges like no others. In 1675, the French Prince, later King Louis XIV, fell in love with a dog named Patou, who he brought home with him when he returned to France. Other nobles wanted a dog like Patou, and the breed soon became known as the “Royal Dog of France”. The Great Pyrenees remained popular as a herder. He was also favoured as a guard dog. In the mid-1600s, several Great Pyrenees were exported by Basque fishermen who brought them to the Canadian Maritimes. There they became founders for the Newfoundland dog. More recently, the breed was exported to North America in the 1930s, where they gained new popularity among breeders.
Bred to be a herd guardian, it’s no surprise the Great Pyrenees is a protective dog dedicated to his family. He is kind and gentle with his flock, human or otherwise, but cautious with strangers. It is important to socialize Great Pyrenees at a young age. He has a tendency to want to patrol his territory, as he would livestock, so a well-fenced yard or leash walks are essential. Overall he is a serious conscientious family member who will protect his family with his life.
Great Pyrenees Breeders:
Woolmarsh Perm Reg’d
Woolmarsh Perm Reg’d. Dr. Carol Graham. Erin Fourth Line, Acton, ON L7J 2L8. Well socialized, home raised puppies occasionally from OFA certified parents. We also help with Great Pyrenees rescue for the Great Pyrenees Club of Southern Ontario. Inquiries welcome. (See our Breed Ambassador advertisement above.)
Phone: (519) 853-3005; (519) 855-6439 Business or (519) 855-4408 Fax