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Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees dogs are tenacious shepherds that are able to hold off bears and wolves, a role they continue to play today.

About the Great Pyrenees

Also known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Great Pyrenees dogs have been bred first and foremost to guard flocks. They are strong and agile, as well as gentle and attached to their charges.

Used as messenger and pack dogs by the French army in World War II, they are now popular on every continent, from North America to Australasia.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
France
Group
FCI Group 2, AKC Working Group
Size category
Very large
Avg life expectancy
10–12 years

Protective / Agile / Gentle / Independent / Intelligent

Key facts

  • Needs a lot of training
  • Makes a great guard dog
  • Requires outdoor space

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