Other names: Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Chien de Montagne des Pyrenees, Pyrenean dog, Patou, Great Pyrenees Dog, caine ciobanesc de pirinei
Pyrenees dog originated in France and is known under several names, namely: Montagne des Pyrenees, Great Pyrenees, Dogo Pyrenees, Pyrenees dog. Pyrenees are the natural border between Spain and France.
This breed like other breeds descended from the mountain of Tibet Dogo, dog brought to Europe in the fifth century by migratory peoples of Asia. Pyrenees dog is considered relative Saint Bernard and Newfoundland dogs with which he was crossed.
In the eighteenth century the Pyrenees dog was the beloved pet of the French nobility. As time has spread from France to the US, then in England a dog becoming very known and loved by everyone. In 1824, a general named Lafayette describing this dog of a friend in America in the most laudatory terms.
In the past this breed was used by shepherds to guard their herds of wolves and bears, and later arrived to guard the royal castles and homes.
2. Food Great Pyrenees
Given the size of dogs we could say that this breed requires more food. In reality, when it comes to the Pyrenees, many breeders and owners say it consume food that any large dog, not mananaca more like a Retriever.
This is because it is a calm dog, consuming fewer calories. However a dog's diet should contain vitamins and minerals it needs to maintain healthy fur.
The breed is known as consuming products based on lamb which have high fat content. High fat content is one of the things that help Pyrenean shepherd to have and keep a blase so beautiful. Corn products are not well digested race.
Pyrenean Shepherd is a dog that can change their diet according to the season. In warm summer months tend to remain inactive until the end of the day when longer cools.
Then the tables must be recalculated so your dog will not strive for obesity although it said the Pyrenees too does consume more food than they need.
It is good to know that in the first year growth is very important when developing nutritional needs will be enormous. In the first months it is better that children be fed 4 times a day. As the baby grows, until it reaches the adult level, it should recalculate the amounts of food regularly.
There should be permanently bowls clean fresh water to drink when thirsty.
3. Description Great Pyrenees
Pyrenees dog is a large dog, strong, conscious of strength available with an outfit stately, elegant, athletic. Its body is strong, wide and deep chest, neck and back straight and wide and powerful medium. Solid limbs are covered with fur and paws are compact and slightly elongated.
The tail is long, fan and bushy and is carried on the back in a circle only when the dog is alert, the rest of the time sit droop. The head has a trapezoidal shape and is proportional to the body, the skull slightly rounded, wide muzzle with black lips and stop not too defined.
It has small eyes and brown in color with a look intelligent and gentle. The ears are small, triangular slightly rounded at the top and staying glued to the head.
The coat is double with an inner layer woolly and thick and an exterior consisting of a long-haired, smooth, thick, thick, slightly longer neck, thighs and tail where it forms a collar rich seemingly destined to complete its look beautiful and elegant. Coat color may be white or plain white with gray, brown, tan or yellow.
A Great Pyrenees dog can have a height of about 70-80 cm in male and 65-75 female. Weight of this dog ranges between 50-60 kg and 45-50 kg male to female.
4. Behavior Great Pyrenees
Pyrenees dog has a balanced temperament is calm, brave, intelligent, devoted and loyal to its owner innate protective, loving and gentle with children.
At the same time a dog is independent, proud, strong-willed, dominant and can not stand being tethered.
Can become aggressive towards other dogs but not great at all bothered small dogs or other animals in the yard.
5. Training Great Pyrenees
Be trained at a tender age, understand what the master wants from them. When they reach maturity manifestations of independent, even stubborn and are harder to train. The training must be a firm, consistent, but with a gentle voice and loving.
As a safe guard this dog is used for centuries by mountain shepherds to guard their sheep, cows and goats against wolves and bears.
Although it is reserved about strangers Pyrenees dog is not aggressive than when applicable, in the remaining time to scare reusint by imposing his size and stature that makes him look really scary.
6. Characteristics Great Pyrenees
Dog Pyrenean not require special care, tootusi necessary to wash a few times a year and to brush three times a week on normal and slightly more often during the moulting period, to keep the coat clean.
7. Health Great Pyrenees
Major diseases and disorders of the breeds are:
- Hip dysplasia; a malformation of the hip joint that results in pain, lameness and arthritis consecutive.
- Torsion of the stomach; It is a sudden condition that endangers the dog's life, associated filling its stomach with air and twist.
- Elbow disease.
Cardiomyopathy occurs when the heart valves no longer function properly. Without treatment, it can cause heart failure. Inadequate nutrition lead to eczema wet dogs.
Otitis, allergic dermatitis and elbow dysplasia can also occur. Pyrenean Shepherd is also susceptible to some cancers.