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Pyrenean Mountain Dog

 

There is a huge Pyrenean Mountain Dog  living on the ranch. He is an impressive dog with a with a gentle temperament. We got him both for company and also because the breed are excellent livestock guardian dogs. Where we live in the north of Sweden there are lots of bears and other wildlife just around the corner and our Pyrenean Mountain Dog helps us make sure that the animals at the ranch are safe and secure at all times. It is his job and also what he is bred for and really loves to do.

 

About Pyrenean Mountain Dog

The Pyrenean Mountain Dog, also known as the Great Pyrenees, is a large breed of dog used as a livestock guardian dog. It is a very old breed that has been used for hundreds of years by shepherds in and around the Pyrenees Mountains of southern France . One of the first descriptions of the breed dates from 1407, and from 1675 the breed was a favorite of the French aristocracy. It was developed to be agile in order to guard sheep on steep, mountainous slopes. The main coat color is white and can have varying shades of gray, red, or tan around the face, ears and sometimes on the body and tail. One singular characteristic of is the unique double dew claws on each hind leg. In nature, the Great Pyrenees is confident, gentle (especially with children), and affectionate. While territorial and protective of its flock or family when necessary, its general demeanor is of composure and patience and loyalty. This dog was originally bred to be a livestock guard dog, and can still be found doing that job on farms and ranches.

Colour: Mainly white with varying shades of gray and tan
Height:
Male 70-82 cm, Female 65-77 cm.
Weight: Male 45-60 kg, Female 35-45 kg
Origin: France

Read more about the breed at the Swedish Pyrenean Mountain Dog Society, "Pyrenéersällskapet" or at greatpyrenees.com


 

 
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