Different breeds of dogs.

 

PYRENEAN MOUNTAIN DOG

by Dennis Fisher.

 

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  This very large breed of dog,  28 inches at the shoulder and more than 110 lbs in weight,  was originally bred in France  to guard sheep against large animals like wolves and even bears.  

 

It became very popular with French nobility, as far back as the 17th Century, as a companion and guard dog.  Since these early days it has retained its popularity as a guard dog in modern homes.

 

The coat, which is predominantly white with patches of gray, is very profuse as one would expect with an animal that was bred to be a guard dog in areas where there is a great deal of snow.

 

The hair is thick and coarse and there is a heavy undercoat.  The hair around the neck, shoulders and things are is particularly heavy.

 

Because the coat is so heavy, a great deal of regular grooming is obviously necessary.  But the effort is well worthwhile because the end result is an outstanding beautiful animal, with noble bearing.

 

In spite of the fact that it is a fearsome guard, because of its imposing size, it is generally a docile, friendly animal with the family.

 

 But, as with any large animal, it is necessary for the Pyrenean Mountain Dog to receive a certain amount of obedience training, especially when it is young. so that it can become well socialized with other animals and also strangers.

 

In spite of its working background, it is not an animal that requires as much exercise, as one would expect.  A regular long walk while on leash  is enough to keep the dog healthy.

 

The head is large and powerful, without the pronounced stop that is common with other large breeds such as the Great Dane.  The muzzle is also strong and powerful.

 

The chest is also broad and powerful; the back long and straight. The hindquarters, although rather straight without much angulation,  are strong and muscular.

 

A feature of the breed is that the back legs have double dew claws.

 

This handsome, very imposing animal will attract a great deal of favorable attention wherever  he is seen, particularly if attention is paid  to  grooming  the heavy coat so that it shines with obvious good health.

 

A very good choice for the large home with spacious grounds, it is an animal that will serve the  dual purpose of being an excellent guard and a loyal, trustworthy companion. But because of it size, strength and power, it is an animal that needs to be well trained and one that is taught to respect itís owner.