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Pyrenean Sheepdog

Pyrenean Sheepdog

A medium-sized dog, the Pyrenean Sheepdog is one of the smaller sheepdog breeds. He is lean and athletic, with a long or semi-long coat that has a 'windswept' appearance. The coat comes in various colours, including fawn, grey, blue merle, slate blue or brindle, black, or black and white. Adult dogs are 40-48cm tall, and females 38-46cm. They weigh approximately 7-15kg.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for experienced owners
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys walking one to two hours a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Very vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids
Pyrenean Sheepdog is standing in the garden

Personality

An inquisitive, alert, energetic dog, the Pyrenean Sheepdog has retained strong herding instincts, which will need to be channeled positively. He is naturally wary of strangers, but should be good-tempered with them. Not an ideal breed for a first-timer, he would thrive in more experienced hands where he can enjoy training to the full.

Pyrenean Sheepdog is playing in the garden

History and Origins

One of France's oldest breeds, the Pyrenean Sheepdog breed – or Le Berger des Pyrenees - dates back to at least the 19th century. He was used for herding large flocks of sheep in the mountainous region of the Pyrenees and came to the attention of the outside world with the First World War when he was used as a messenger dog by the French army. He still works as a sheepdog in rural France, but his chief 'job' today is as a companion.

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