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Pyrenean Shepherd

Also known as: Pyrenees Sheepdog

Breed origin: Pyrenees Mountains of Southern France
Original purpose: Versatile herder.

AKC recognized: 2009
AKC group: Herding

Size: Weight: 15 to 32 lbs
Size: Height: males 15½ to 21 inches; females 15 to 20½ inches
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Color: Various shades of fawn, grey, merle, brindle, black, or black with white markings.

Life span: 12 to 18 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Pyrenean Shepherd is intelligent, active, enthusiastic, mischievous, athletic, alert, and vigilant. They make excellent family dogs and are very affectionate with their family but are distrustful of strangers. They have a very strong herding instinct and loves to work. They tend to become passionately attached to their owners, sometimes to the complete exclusion of all others, and are extremely sensitive to their owners' moods. Early and consistent socialization and obedience training are a must with this breed.

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Good with children? Only if well socialized with them from an early age.

Good watchdog? Yes

OK in apartments? Possible if given enough exercise.

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, herding, agility, flyball, tracking, search and rescue

Exercise requirement: Access to a securely fenced area where they can run and play daily. In addition, at least an hour at the park several times a week.

Grooming requirement: Brush every one to two weeks to prevent mats. If not brushed regularly, the coat will form cords naturally.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, epilepsy, patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy, patent ductus arteriosis.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Pyrenean Mastiff (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Christina de Lima-Neto
Published in 2004
160 pages

The Ultimate Book of Mastiff Breeds
By Editor Douglas Oliff
Published in 1999
264 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Pyrenean Shepherd Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page

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