Pyrenean Shepherd

Shepherd of the Pyrenees File

This is a dog for singles who are very active or families who do not care about their Pyrenean Shepherd sticking its nose in everything that is happening. Dogs of this breed are engaged, interactive and very playful dogs, although the main thing in their heads is always work. You and your dog will both benefit from some form of organized sport or work such as agility or rehearsed grazing activities.


The origin of Pyrenean Shepherd it is unknown, but it is known that this breed was developed to be a companion for the Pyrenean Mountain Dog; he would take care of herding the sheep while the Pyrenean Mountain Dog would stand guard for them.

The Pyrenean Shepherd, or “Pyr Shep” as he is affectionately called in some English-speaking countries, has been grazing sheep in the Pyrenees Mountains, in southern France, for centuries. Despite being a slightly hesitant breed with strangers, the Shepherd of the Pyrenees is a very lively, lively and full of disposition dog, besides being an excellent athlete dog, which always excels in agility tests and other sports for dogs.

This breed arrived in North America in the 19th century to be used as a herding dog. You Pyrenean Shepherd dogs created their own name outside the French mountains by serving alongside French soldiers during World War I as watchdogs, messengers and assistants in search and rescue missions for wounded soldiers after battles, giving their lives in these valiant missions.

Breeders established the standards of the Shepherd of the Pyrenees in 1970, but the breed was only recognized by AKC in 2009. Today they are excellent companion dogs and working dogs that are particularly excellent in search and rescue work.

Through its dark past, many myths have emerged around this race; some say that the Shepherd of the Pyrenees descended directly from the bears and foxes native to the Pyrenees region, others say that these dogs were the original dogs of the Cro-Magnon people who painted the Lascaux caves. For centuries grazing has been the mainstay of the economy in the Hautes-Pyrenees and this old lifestyle persists today, in the middle of the 21st century. Many excellent Pyrenean Shepherds (but with no registered ancestors) continue to shepherd sheep daily in the Pyrenees mountains.


O Pyrenean Shepherd it will develop very well in the home of a family that is very active. This breed is dominated by its love of herding work. As a companion dog, this is a very active and enthusiastic dog, in addition to insisting a lot to be involved in the day's activities, whatever they may be.

Active and smart; these are the keywords associated with that race. Unless you can exercise with your dog for a few hours daily, this is not the right breed for you. It is also necessary to keep in mind that it is necessary to have a good sense of humor to appreciate the clever antics and playfulness of these dogs.


While the Pyrenees Mountain Dog is extra wide and intimidating, the Pyrenean Shepherd it's much smaller and faster, much more like a football player than a goalkeeper. There are two distinct types of Shepherds of the Pyrenees: the Shepherd of the Pyrenees of Pelo Soft and the Shepherd of the Pyrenees of Pelo Rough.

The Soft Fur Pyrenees Shepherd looks more like the Australian Shepherd, while the Rugged Fur Pyrenees Shepherd looks more like a Briard. Rough-haired dogs have a long body, with a coat that can be semi-long or long, with little undercoat, while Soft-haired dogs seem to have a more square body, with a shorter, softer and smoother coat around the muzzle while the fur on the rest of your body is slightly larger. In both cases the color of your coat must be brown, gray or brindle.

Specific care

These dogs are very fast and think of their feet, so you have to be able to stay on the same level as yours Pyrenean Shepherd. Dogs of this breed that are kept as companion dogs may try to shepherd the people they live with or the animals in the neighborhood. This behavior can be modified to some extent, but it is desirable for your dog to maintain some of its instincts.

The Shepherd of the Pyrenees does not require much care, just a few brushings very well done a few times a week are enough for them.


Overall this is a very healthy breed, but the Pyrenean Shepherd dogs they may have some health problems such as retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia and wear of the kneecaps.

Video: Pyrenean shepherd Nanga - agility training with Jíťa Janásková (October 2021).

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