The Pyrenean Shepherd or "Pyr Shep" has herded sheep in the Pyrenees Mountains of Southern France for centuries. The breed comes in two coat types - Rough-Faced and Smooth-Faced. Colors include shades of fawn from tan to copper, as well as charcoal to silver to pearl grey. Although tentative with strangers, the Pyrenean Shepherd has a very lively, cheerful disposition, and is a superb canine athlete who excels at agility and other dog sports.
Still very close to their working roots, The Pyrenean Shepherd possess the traits of superior herding dogs: intelligence, independence, courage, vigor, and versatility. Keeping one cooped up and alone, with nothing to do, will not only lead to problem behaviors, it’s a waste of a remarkable animal. The Pyrenean Shepherd bonds intensely with their special person, sometimes to the exclusion of all others. Their alertness and a natural wariness of strangers make them excellent watchdogs. They do best with owners who can match their energy and devotion.
Did You Know?
The breed originated in the French Pyrenees Mountains as a sheep herding dog, working along side of the Great Pyrenees who were used to guard the flocks.
That it is estimated that the Pyrenean Shepherd may cover 25 miles a day doing chores with the shepherd or farmer.
That just two Pyrenean Shepherds are enough to manage a flock of 1000 sheep.
It is believed among residents of the High Pyrenees that when the Virgin Mary appeared to the young shepherdess Bernadette Soubirous in the grotto at Lourdes in 1858, Bernadette had her little Pyrenean Shepherd by her side.
That members of the breed first distinguished themselves outside the Pyrenees Mountains by dint of their service during World War I.
A Pyrenean Shepherd was the 2003 Midi World Agility Champion! Sylvia Trkman's Smooth-Faced blue merle girl "Simply the Best de Loubajac" aka "La" ran a full 6 seconds faster than any other dog!
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
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