Pyrenean Mountain Dog
The Pyrenean Mountain Dog, also commonly known as the Great Pyrenees, is a large, loyal breed of dog that was used traditionally for protecting livestock (especially sheep) in the pastures. more...
It is a very old breed, and has been used for thousands of years by the Basques of the Pyrenees Mountains in southern France; more recently, it was the official dog of the royal French court. It is similar in size, shape, and coat texture to the Newfoundland, which unlike the Pyrenean usally has a black or brown coat. However, the Landseer Newfoundland and a Great Pyrenees with dark patches on its coat are difficult for the layperson to tell apart.
Loyal and protective of its territory, it makes a great family dog. This dog is not for everyone, as its white coat sheds frequently and spreads huge amounts of fur throughout the house, and its deep booming bark can annoy neighbors if left outside continuously. Furthermore, this is not simply an overgrown Golden Retriever, and interested owners should familiarize themselves with the tempermant and characteristics of the flock guardian breeds before considering this dog. Best suited for folks with a large yard, it enjoys walks and attention, and loves children. Obedience training at a young age is a must, as this breed grows large and strong and is best suited for someone capable of handling a large dog.
It is also known as the "Gentle Giant," which is reflective of its character (if properly raised by individuals who understand the special needs of this breed).
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