Frequently Asked Questions
The AKC Great Pyrenees is a "strong willed, independent, and somewhat reserved, yet attentive, fearless, and loyal to his charges – both human and animal." A majestic-looking dog with a kindly, regal expression, the Great Pyrenees is calm, composed, and serious..
How much will a Pyrenees weigh?
A male will weight anywhere from 90- 130 pounds and with our females around 90-110 pounds.
Are all Great Pyrenees white?
The Pyrenees can be all white or have wolf grey or badger markings. At least some puppies from the litter should be colored and it is very hard to tell which pups will turn all white and which will keep their masks and markings. Most always the markings on the body will disappear except for maybe in the summer when the Pyr sheds out. Litters that are born all white are possibly severely line-bred and you should be very cautious moving forward.
When do Great Pyrenees shed most?
They tend to shed moderately year round, except during spring when they shed their thick winter coat, or more specifically undercoat, which can result in a lot heavier shedding.
Do Great Pyrenees bark a lot?
Pyrs are known to bark fairly heavily and it is fairly loud. But even when it seems as though they’re barking at nothing, it can be that they’re simply barking at something you’re not aware of.
Do Great Pyrenees make good pets?
This depends on what you mean by “pet”. The Pyrenees will love you, your children, and do anything to protect you. However, the Pyrenees is not a Labrador, a Golden retriever, or any type of dog like that. They have a higher purpose in life that being your best buddy, they are bred and born to guard and that’s what they will do. They will not always welcome strangers warmly, but should not be over aggressive either.
The must be allowed proper exercise and the Pyrenees needs to have free roam. They are not a breed that you can chain outside or lock up constantly. A large, fenced yard is a necessity for them and preferably a country setting with multiple acres for them to wander. They will not go out the backyard and run around but would rather have half the day to walk around slowly and see what has changed.
They must also be allowed “alone” time more so than other breeds. They need to have a place to retreat to if they are feeling overwhelmed, they want nap, or just need to get away. If they are not allowed this “alone” time they may become aggressive with those who are interfering in their space.
No dog can make the pet that the Pyrenees can, but they are not for everyone. You must be strong willed, because the Pyrenees will be stronger willed, and you must be able to provide exercise and space for the dog.
How much do they eat and what should I feed them?
A growing puppy will eat as much as any other puppy, but, the full grown Pyrenees has a remarkably petite appetite for their size. We feed all of our dogs Victor Hi-Pro Plus Formula for Active Dogs & Puppies. We free feed our dogs, and never had any issues with weight. However, our dogs are working dogs and have access to open pasture 24/7. Our dogs also get fresh raw goats milk twice a day, along with the occasional egg as a treat! (the benefits of being on a working farm).
Do we need a fence for our dog?