Pyrenean Shepherd

Breed Rating

family friendly:
Dog friendly:
Watch/guard dog:
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Exercise needed:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Herding    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , , , , , ,


Size: Small     Weight: 15-32 lbs     Fur length: Long    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black & White, Brown & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream


Life Expectancy: About 9-15 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Pyrenean Shepherd is nationally known in France for their great work as couriers, rescue dogs, watch dogs and mascots. The dog breed isn't too well-known outside of France, but everything about the dog makes it very appealing. In 2003, a Pyrenean Shepherd won the World Agility Championship for midsized dogs it gained more recognition as an intelligent sports performance dog.


Usually the dog breed comes in shades of fawn, but it is also typical for some black and grey overlay. There is also less commonly merles (blue merle, fawn merle) and even more rare, black. A hint of white is allowed on the head, legs and chest.


There is a smooth-faced variety and there is a rough-faced variety. The smooth kind has short fine hairs on the muzzle with rough areas around the head and neck. The other kind has longer, much shaggier kind of hair on the muzzle and face, but doesn't cover the eyes or create a beard. There is a long, coarse hair over the rest of this dog breed's body.


Designed to be a sheepdog, they have the great energy of a herding dog, but in a smaller package. The Pyrenean Shepherd wants to work on the field and is a natural herder. Giving the dog a job will be a great way for the dog to use up most of the energy it has and will give him an important role.


Despite the fact that the dog breed has a relatively shaggy coat, they only require a brush every week. The coat's texture is resistant to tangling and is very manageable compared to other longer-haired dogs.


The Pyrenean Shepherd observes very carefully their master's mood and emotions and can almost read their mind. This makes the dog easily trainable. They are dedicated to their owners and are considered a very loyal dog breed.


This is a dog breed that needs a job. They are very active and clever making them great for dog agility and to participate in dog sports like fly ball. The Pyrenean Shepherd is also well suited to compete in obedience competitions.

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