A hard-working shepherd with high durability, impressive agility, and friendly manners? That’s the Pyrenean Shepherd.
The Pyrenean Shepherd originates from the Pyrenees in the south of France.
Their history goes back at least 300 years, but probably longer. As their name suggests, they were initially shepherds. This breed often collaborated with the Pyrenean dog - who protected the herd while the Pyrenean Sheperd herded them.
During World War I, they were used in entirely different areas. Often they were messengers and rescue dogs. Today, the Pyrenean Shepherd is suitable for various dog sports. Including agility, freestyle, and obedience. Some individuals are also used as rescue dogs.
Give us a job!
Like other shepherd dogs, they have a high energy drive and a strong desire to work. They can be somewhat demanding, especially if they are not allowed to use their energy. With sufficient activity and mental stimuli, they become great family dogs.
The most important thing to remember with a Pyrenean shepherd dog? Give them a job to do!
You probably will not entirely escape fur maintenance with a Pyrenean shepherd dog. However, compared to many other dog breeds, little work is required. The work that must be done is easy to carry out.
This is due to the self-cleaning fur coat, which ensures that most dirt and grime disappears without assistance.
To prevent the coat from felting, it is still important to brush through the coat regularly. Bathe when needed.
Long- and shorthaired:
Pyrenean Shepherds are generally healthy without prominent health implications. However, some individuals may suffer from hip dysplasia. Epilepsy and hereditary eye diseases can also occur, but this is extremely rare.
Healthy individuals have a life expectancy of 12-14 years.