Great Pyrenees

Working Group

Great Pyrenees dog lying in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 25-29 in, Males 27-32 in

Weight

Females 85+ lbs, Males 100+ lbs

Life Expectancy

10-12 yrs

History

The Great Pyrenees originated in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain, tasked with protecting flocks of sheep from wolves and other predators. Descriptions of dogs similar to the Great Pyrenees can be dated back to as early as 37 BCE, although even as late as 1874, the breed was not yet homogenized. At this point, the Great Pyrenees breed was called the "Dog of the Eastern Pyrenees". The breed's coat was important for its original job: its thickness protected it against the frigid nights in the cold mountains, and the white color allowed the farmer to distinguish it from predators.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Great Pyrenees will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★☆

★★

★★

★★

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level

★★★★★


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★★


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★★

Common Traits

Gentle, docile, and relaxed (unless on guard duty)

Loving, devoted, and protective of family, making for a great guard dog

Have incredible hearing and will bark at any slight noise they hear

Socialization and consistent, early training are especially important for this breed

Intelligent, independent thinkers, which can be good but can make training difficult