- WEIGHT: 85 to 140 lbs
- HEIGHT: 24 to 29 inches
- COLOR(S): Black with bright, symmetrical russet and white markings. They have white at the toes, tail tip, chest and blaze. The tan always lies between the black and white. Red tricolors do occur but are not acceptable.
- BREED GROUP: Working
WEIGHT: 15 to 30 lbs
HEIGHT: 15 to 22 inches
COLOR(S): Fawn, gray, merle, or brindle.
Pyrenean Shepherds are lively, energetic and nervous. They are built for speed, have great endurance, and love to work. They thrive off of a job or activity to do. They like being around their family, but are not as kind to strangers. They are wary of strangers, in fact. Pyr Sheps do not tolerate annoyances from children or other people. They are protective of their own, alert, and fearless. They can become mischievous if not trained or socialized properly. Independent but loyal, the Pyrenean Shepherd is a good guardian. They are also excellent watchdogs, and have been described in literature as, "a ball of fire...so vivacious and quick-witted that...he can...perform any task."
Smooth-haired type has smooth, medium-shaggy fur that does not cover the eyes. Long-haired type has wiry, shaggy, long fur that will cord if not brushed out regularly. Both coats are weatherproof.
Epilepsy, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), hip dysplasia, and patellar luxation.
This breed is very energetic on its own, and therefore needs regular, consistent exercise. They may get their own exercise through their own activities, but activities or walks should be provided otherwise.
Pyrs are highly trainable. They are eager to do as their owner pleases, and although independent, they get fulfillment out of doing an activity. The breed should be trained and socialized from an early age. Learning Rate: High. Obedience - High. Problem Solving - High. Pyrenean Shepherds are very clever and quick-witted.
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