Both coat types are relatively low maintenance; the roughs require some extra attention.
This breed will thrive in the home of an active family. The Pyrenean Shepherd is dominated by his love for his work. As a companion, he is very active and enthusiastic and insists upon being involved in the day's activities whatever they may be. The Pyr Shep coat does not require much maintenance beyond a thorough brushing every few weeks.
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 Pry Shep is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 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.
Beyond regular grooming with a brush, an occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. 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.
The Pyrenean Shepherd is dominated by his love for his work. As a companion, he is very active and enthusiastic and insists upon being involved in the day's activities whatever they may be. They are active and intelligent and need lots of exercise and activity, plus a job to do. This breed’s natural inclination is to be a one-person, or one-family dog and proper socialization is needed to develop a well-rounded individual. They thrive when participating in herding, agility, rally, obedience, tracking, nose-work, coursing ability tests and dog shows.
Pyrenean Shepherd &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease and patellar luxation. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Pyrenean Shepherds are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Pyrenean Shepherd 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.