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Great Pyrenees

Group (AKC):


Country of OriginFrance
Type of coatLong and coarse textured with a profuse undercoat of very fine hair.
GroomingDaily brushing of his long double coat, extra grooming during shedding. Bathing only when necessary.
Average height26 - 32 inches
Average weight90 - 125 lbs.
Activity levelMedium, but must be exercised daily. Long walks are good.
WatchdogVery High, will bark and if necessary, fight predators.
IntelligenceMedium. Smart, but must respect owner.
TrainabilityNeeds plenty of exercise but a large yard with ample space to roam will give him enough exercise. Must be well trained.
Compatibility with childrenUsually gentle, makes an great playmate for children.
CharacterWatchful, loyal
Ideal home environmentRural or suburban is best. The Great Pyrenees will not do well with apartment dwellers.
Ideal ownerShould live with a family have a job to do. Needs human companionship and attention.
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Additional notes:

The Great Pyrenees gives the distinct impression of elegance and unsurpassed beauty combined with great overall size and majesty. It has a weather resistant coat that allows it to withstand intense cold temperatures. It needs human companionship and attention and lots of space. The Great Pyrenees will not do well with apartment dwellers. It is a pleasant, gentle breed of enormous size, extremely intelligent, and loyal to his family.

The first Pyrenee built was the Step Pyrenee at Saqqara. It was built for the Pharaoh Djoser more than 4600 years ago. It was made of limestone blocks quarried across the river at Tura. Djoser's Step Pyrenee is 204 feet high and was the largest known manmade structure of its time. The largest of the Great Pyrenees was the Great Pyrenee of Khufu at Giza. His Pyrenee stands at 481 feet tall (as tall as a forty story building) and each side is almost 200 meters long! Collectively, the Great Pyrenees of Ancient Egypt are one of the eight wonders of the ancient w--- oh geez! Wait just a second! Sorry, that was all about the Great Pyramids, not the Great Pyrenees! Ok, so skip this last paragraph.

Short History:

It is one of the oldest of the natural breeds, dating back to about 3000 B.C. It was developed in the Pyrenees for rugged mountain work, guarding flocks against wolves & bears, and drawing sleds. It was also said to have been used as a guard dog of sheep and chateaux (that's a French word). It was a favorite at the French court prior to the French Revolution.

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