This large, thickly coated breed requires regular brushing.
While affectionate with his family and quiet and tolerant in general, if there is something to guard or protect, the Great Pyrenees can become quite territorial. Because they were bred to work independently and make decisions on their own, Pyrs may not be the star of the local obedience class. The breed should be exercised daily on leash or in a fenced area. New owners should be prepared for barking, especially at night, and brushing approximately once per week.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Great Pyrenees is a large breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Giving the Pyr an occasional bath to keep them clean and looking their best is recommended. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Not many American Pyr owners use their dogs to guard sheep. Pyrs are today mellow companions and mighty guardians of home and family. A good Pyr is never aggressive. For them, violence is a last resort. They prefer to stand their ground and “worry” away intruders. Pyrs love kids and bond tightly with their human flock. Independent thinkers, Pyrs must be trained with patience and kindness. Have we mentioned yet that the Pyr is among the most beautiful of all large dogs?
Great Pyrenees &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and patellar luxation. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Great Pyrenees are healthy dogs.The first rule of good health is to pick a good veterinarian and follow their directions. Have vaccinations, wormings, and heartworm preventative given as they direct, and never fail to have a yearly checkup. If you have some doubt about the dog's condition, it is better to take it to the veterinarian than to neglect a condition that could become grave.
If you have a question, no mater how insignificant, ask your vet. A good veterinarian will be glad to answer your questions, as their aim is to help you keep your dog healthy. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Great Pyrenees can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.