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Pyrenean Shepherd Dog Breed Profile

by Luke Blaise

AKC Group: Terrier Group


The Pyrenean Shepherd dog has herded sheep in the Pyrenees Mountains of Southern France for hundreds of years. A great herding dog that comes in two coat types, smooth faced and rough faced.

History

The Pyrenean Shepherd dog served alongside French soldiers in World War I. Thousands, perhaps hundreds of Pyr Sheps offered their lives for the purpose as couriers, rescue and search dogs finding wounded soldiers after fights, and accompanying guards on their rounds.

Some Pyr Sheps came to North America in the 1800's accompanying flocks of sheep. Pyr Shep keepers imported breeding stock in 1970's and 80's, building the foundation of the dog we see today.

Physical Features

The Pyrenean Shepherd dog is a compact, slim, and energetic dog. Height ranges from 15 to 19 inches and weight varies from 15 to 32 pounds.

The dog's body is very athletic and lean. Often the tail is cropped.

Coat colors include shades of fawn, brindles, and merles. All colors allowed, but solid colored coats are preferred.

Personality

A very energetic dog that is adaptable to almost any situation. They make great family dogs. They also excel at dog trial events like obstacle courses and other field trials.

Common Health Problems

The breed is a healthy breed with a long lifespan. Some are recognized to live into the teens. Though not common for the Pyrenean Shepherd dog, some health issues are progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), epilepsy, hip dysplasia, PDA and sub-luxated patellas.

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