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Smooth-faced Pyrenean Shepherd

Those that love the breed will not fail to tell you that these dogs need a lot of daily exercise, and that they demand education and socialization efforts from a very early age.

About the Smooth-faced Pyrenean Shepherd

This variety of Pyrenean Shepherd is primarily found in the Pyrenean foothills where it was "highly appreciated by horse-dealers and cattle-drovers," according to Bernard Sénac-Lagrange (1927 yearbook). The qualities that distinguish it from other types of Pyrenean sheepdogs earned it an appendix to the breed standard in the 1920's.

All told, Smooth-faced Pyrenean Shepherds have the same characteristics as the long-haired variety. Distinguishing features are the skull, which is almost as broad as it is long, the muzzle, which is a little shorter than the skull but longer than the rough-faced varieties.

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

Breed specifics

Country
France
Group
FCI Group 6
Size category
Small
Avg life expectancy
12–15 years

Assertive / Lively

Key facts

  • Requires moderate grooming
  • Makes a great family dog
  • Needs a lot of exercise

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