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Pyrenean Shepherd : Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds; Pyrenean Shepherd Ratings: - Ease of Training: 8 /10 - Intelligence: 8 /10 - Shedding: 5 /10 - Watchdog: 9 /10 - Guard Dog: 5 /10 - Popularity: 3 /10 - Size: 5 /10 - Agility: 8 /10 - Good with Kids: 10 /10 Pyrenean Shepherd Attributes: Life Expectancy: 9-15 ... Pyrenean Shepherd


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Pyrenean Shepherd

Pyrenean Shepherd

Pyrenean Shepherd

Pyrenean Shepherd Ratings:

- Ease of Training: 8/10
- Intelligence: 8/10
- Shedding: 5/10
- Watchdog: 9/10
- Guard Dog: 5/10
- Popularity: 3/10
- Size: 5/10
- Agility: 8/10
- Good with Kids: 10/10

Pyrenean Shepherd Attributes:

Life Expectancy: 9-15 years
Litter Size: 2-6 puppies
Group: Herding Dogs
Recognized By: AKC, FCI, UKC, DRA, NAPR
Color: White with head or body markings of black, orange, gray, fawn, and brindle.
Hair Length: Long
Size: Medium
Shedding: Moderate Shed
Male Height: 15.5-22 inches (39-56 cm)
Male Weight: 15-32 pounds (7-15 kg)
Female Height: 15-20 inches (38-51 cm)
Female Weight: 15-32 pounds (7-15 kg)
Living Area:
The Pyre can survive in any amount of space given to them. It is the amount of mental and physical stimulation that really makes a difference. If you are going to be away from home for more than a few hours at a time, the Pyre is probably not a good choice for you. It is not safe to leave them outside alone and many dogs will chew things when left alone at home for long periods of time. Remember that a tired dog is a good dog. Under exercised dogs and those that do not get their minds properly challenged will be the dogs getting themselves into trouble.
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Complete information about Pyrenean Shepherd Breed:


Overview :

The average PyreShep is a light, fine boned dog. They come in 2 main coat types. The “smooth faced” Pyre has short, smooth hair on the face and a double coat on the body, with tufts of hair on the back of each leg and the bottom of the tail. The long coat type is divided into two varieties. The “Demi Long” Pyre has medium length hair on the face and a long flat coat on the body. The “Rough Faced” Pyre has long hair on the face and body. The rough faced dog has a resemblance of Benji, and other terrier mixes. Though ears are traditionally cropped, and tails are usually docked, natural ears and full tails have become increasingly more common. When it is left natural, the ear is usually a semi-prick or rose ear. The uniqueness of this breed makes it very recognizable to dog enthusiasts, but the dog does not usually appear to be a purebred to the everyday population. The general structure of the Pyre makes for a very athletic and lightning fast dog.

Pyrenean Shepherd History :

The Pyrenean Shepherd has lived in the Pyrenees Mountains in southern France for as long as people can remember. The true origin of this breed is not firmly established. There are various myths that have been passed down over the generations. Some have claimed the breed descended from native Pyrenean foxes and bear. Others claim the Pyrenean Shepherd dog was the original dog of the Cro Magnon people. It is reported that bones of small dogs are found in Neolithic fossil deposits. Also, according to some reports, goat and sheep herding was so well established in the Pyrenees, that by 6000 B.C., the entire ecology of the area had been completely transformed because of overgrazing. For centuries, herding has been a very important part of the economy in the High Pyrenees. This ancient lifestyle has continued into modern times. Many Pyreneans Shepherd dogs continue to herd sheep today in the Pyrenees Mountains. Medieval accounts report that the Pyrenean Shepherd was constant companions of its shepherd. Where ever the shepherd went, the dog went also. As the early modern period began, you could see depictions of this breed in lithographs, paintings, and engravings. Some of the noteworthy early modern depictions include Descmaps' Le retour du berger, Buffon's Histoire Naturelle, and Dartiguenave's Costumes des Pyrenees. It is reported among residents of the High Pyrenees that when the Virgin Mary appeared to a young shepherdess in 1858 at Lourdes, this shepherdess had a small Pyrenean Shepherd dog by her side. Pictures and other representations of his breed dating back to the 18th century display the same ear crop that is still present today in the breed. Some Pyrenean Shepherds came to North America in the nineteenth century. They accompanied flocks of sheep imported from the Pyrenees Mountains. This breed was instrumental in founding the Australian Shepherd. They are primarily smooth faced blue merles. In the 1930's, the founder of the Great Pyrenees in the USA imported four Pyrenean Shepherd dogs. One was Houzard de Fontanettes from the M. Senac-Legranges kennel. However, they did not breed them. Later, in the 1970's, a great Pyrenees breeder from Washington, imported a breeding pair of Pyrenean Shepherd dogs from a kennel in France called Estaube. These puppies introduced many Americans to this unusual French sheep dog. In the year 1983, Patricia Princehouse of La Brise kennels imported Urrugne de l' Estaube from a French kennel. Then in 1987, she imported even more breeding stock. As time progressed more and more people became Pyrenean Shepherd enthusiasts. Finally in 1987, the Pyrenean Shepherd Club of American was formed. The goal of this club is to preserve the original breed type of the Pyrenean Shepherd dog and protect individual Pyrenean Shepherd dogs.

Pyrenean Shepherd Temperament and Character :

Like all breeds, the Pyrenean Shepherd’s temperament is a very complex matter. They vary greatly from different lines, to different techniques used to raise them and how much exercise, both mental and physical they are given. They are intelligent and are not the type of dog for an owner who does not wish to put a lot of time into keeping them mentally challenged and very well exercised. Owners should be warned that this breed was originally bred to alert the guard dogs of any possible threat. Because of this, they feel it is their duty to bark at anything and everything that comes within proximity of their yard or their people. There is a fine line between due suspicion and out of control fear-barking or aggressive-barking and dogs need to be taught what is acceptable barking and what is not. Even with proper socialization, Pyres can still go through a long teen phase where they are very cautious of people before they mature and settle down at around 2 years of age. Anyone wanting a Pyre needs to have the time and patience to possibly dedicate months to training and developing a well adjusted dog. The reason they seem so obedient to people that meet them is because they are often only bought by very experienced, dedicated dog trainers that spend a lot of time and energy shaping the dogs behavior. Anyone with little training experience that just wants a companion should either consider a less difficult breed or do a lot of research on dog behavior and positive training methods.

Pyrenean Shepherd Health Care :

Luckily, this breed remains moderately healthy. All adult dogs should be evaluated for hip dysplasia , PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) , patellar luxation. and hearing may also be checked.

Pyrenean Shepherd Grooming :

The smooth faced variety requires little grooming and has an average shedding coat. The rough faced variety should be combed or brushed 1-2 times a week. It doesn’t shed hair onto furniture but hair will come out when it is being groomed. Sometimes, if a rough coat is not brushed, it will start to cord in the rear but will mat very badly behind the ears, elbows, and belly. Also, snowballs tend to get stuck on the long hair on the belly and legs, and also inbetween the toes which can cause pain. Booties can be worn to prevent this, and hair between the pads should be kept short.

Pyrenean Shepherd Training :

Pyrs are highly trainable. They are eager to do as their owner pleases, and although independent, they get fulfillment out of doing an activity. The breed should be trained and socialized from an early age. Learning Rate: High. Obedience - High. Problem Solving - High. Pyrenean Shepherds are very clever and quick-witted.

Pyrenean Shepherd Activity and Exercise :

This breed has endless stamina and needs daily exercise and training in order to remain happy and well behaved. You can mix it up: take a long hike one day, go swimming the next, go for jog, just take a long walk, play fetch, etc. The Pyre is just happy when they can do something fun with their owner. Also, mental stimulation is just as important as physical stimulation. Just like children need to go to school, Pyres need to learn new things. They tend to learn new tricks very quickly, especially as puppies. Basic obedience training is useful and a solid recall needs to be drilled from puppy hood. Pyres enjoy sports such as agility, rally, and herding, and they are very good at them as well.

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