Great Pyrenees Breed Information

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Great Pyrenees

Armed with its awesome size, long, white coat, and a spiked collar, the Pyrenees dog has been facing off bears and wolves while guarding their master’s flocks of sheep for a very long time. If not used for guarding duties, Pyrenees dogs should be socialized as early as possible with other people and dogs. Pyrenees dogs are very independent and might come across as aloof, making them one of the more difficult breeds to train. The Pyrenees gets very attached to the family or flock that it dedicates its life to. Gentle and affectionate with its family, the Pyrenees is mistrustful of strangers, whether human or canine. The Pyrenees should not be housed in apartments. These dogs’ dense coats makes them unsuitable for warm climates.

Great Pyrenees breed attributes

About Great Pyrenees breed

Description

Armed with its awesome size, long, white coat, and a spiked collar, the Pyrenees dog has been facing off bears and wolves while guarding their master’s flocks of sheep for a very long time. When compared to the rest of its body, the Pyrenees’ head is not as hefty as in other molossoid breeds. Its round skull slopes gently into a broad, bluntly tapering muzzle. Despite this breed’s head being daintier than in other similar breeds, the Pyrenees’ lightly drooping lips cover a complete set of strong teeth that clench shut into an unforgiving pincer bite or scissor bite. Its small, almond shaped eyes make the dog look as if it’s lost in thought. A pair of small, blunt, triangular ears sprout out of the sides of the dog’s skull at eye level.

The Pyrenees’ short neck is strong, and the dog’s slightly elongated body houses a deep, broad chest that gives an impression of great volume. The dog’s broad withers, and muscular hindquarters and buttocks anchor the body to the Pyrenees stable, strong legs that plant themselves perpendicular to the ground. The Pyrenees’ conformation should not compromise suppleness for stability, but it should have a good amount of both. Its strong, bushy tail forms a plume and should fall down to the hock when the dog is not excited.

Origin: France

Look

The Great Pyrenees has a thick double coat that is made up of a long, supple top coat and a thick, fleecy undercoat. Both coat types are very easy to maintain. The coat is longer on the tail and around the neck.

The colour of the Pyrenees’ coat comes in solid white, or white with patches of light grey, yellow or orange on the head, tail and sometimes body.

Regular brushing is needed in order maintain this breed’s coat in top form. The Pyrenees should be brushed more frequently when it is shedding its dense undercoat once yearly.

Health

The Pyrenees is generally considered to be a healthy breed. However, some health conditions are still associated with it. These are:

  • Hip dysplasia.
  • Bone cancer.
  • Patellar luxation.
  • Dermatologic problems.

It is recommended that Great Pyrenees dogs visit a veterinarian at least once yearly. Pyrenees puppies must also get their knees radiographed and hip scores evaluated in order to determine the condition of their knees and hip joints. Strict monitoring of a Pyrenees dog’s diet ensures that the dog does not add unnecessary weight that might increase the severity of an already existing hip dysplasia or patellar luxation. Feeding small meals three times daily and letting the dog rest after meals will also reduce the possibility of stomach torsion that might develop into life-treating bloat.

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Learning

If not used for guarding duties, Pyrenees dogs should be socialized as early as possible with other people and dogs. Pyrenees dogs are very independent and might come across as aloof, making them one of the more difficult breeds to train. Calm, confident owners that know when to be assertive are the ones that manage to bring out the best out of this breed. Besides being used as property or flock guardians. Pyrenees dogs can also be trained as avalanche dogs and used as pack dogs.

Temperament

The Pyrenees gets very attached to the family or flock that it dedicates its life to. Gentle and affectionate with its family, the Pyrenees is mistrustful of strangers, whether human or canine.  Its independent nature can be mistaken for stubbornness, and Pyrenees can sometimes wander away when off leash. Territoriality comes natural to this breed, and it will not tolerate new dogs and people unless introduced properly. These dogs do surprisingly well with cats as they do not perceive them as a threat. This breed might become destructive if not sufficiently exercised.

Living with

The Pyrenees should not be housed in apartments. Pyrenees dogs are also known to be very vocal and this might disturb other people living in the same block of flats. This breed of dog does best in a spacious house with unrestricted access to a reasonably sized, fenced yard. These dogs’ dense coats makes them unsuitable for warm climates.

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The following is needed to bring a puppy into Dubai:


  1. All dogs entering Dubai from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Dubai must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Dubai must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Dubai specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Dubai must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Dubai must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Dubai.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Abu Dhabi:


  1. All dogs entering Abu Dhabi from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Abu Dhabi must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Abu Dhabi specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Abu Dhabi must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Abu Dhabi.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Hong Kong:


  1. All dogs entering Hong Kong must be at least 3 months old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Hong Kong must be equipped with either a 9 or 15-digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Hong Kong must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Valid for up to 6 months.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Hong Kong specific vaccinations: Canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus and rabies.
  5. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Hong Kong.
  6. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  7. Captain’s Affidavit – Document to be provided by the airline personnel confirming that your dog has not left its crate or interacted with other pets at any point during the journey.


* Hong Kong classifies countries into 3 groups. Vaccinations against rabies are only required from Groups 2 & 3.
  • Group 1: Rabies-free countries (at least 6 months of residency) Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Jersey.
  • Group 2: Rabies-controlled (at least 4 months of residency) Austria, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Guam, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vanuatu, Bahamas, Belgium, Brunei, Cayman Island, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, USA (Continental), Virgin Islands.
  • Group 3: All other countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Switzerland:


  1. All pets entering Switzerland must be equipped with a 15-digit microchip that is compliant with ISO 11784/11785.
  2. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
  3. Rabies vaccinations are mandatory. Dogs must receive their first rabies vaccine at least 21 days before entering the country.*
  4. The state veterinarian of the origin country must equip the dog with a valid Health Certificate.
  5. Import Permit – all dogs entering from a 3rd level rabies country must carry an import permit issued at least three weeks in advance. Entry points through Basel, Geneva, Zurich.
  6. Different regulations depending on whether it is a commercial purchase or individual and where the dog is coming from.


* Specifications differ for booster shots. ** Switzerland categorises countries by level of risk of rabies in three levels.
  • Level 1: All EU Member States and Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Vatican City State.
  • Level 2 (Low Risk of Rabies): Ascension Island, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda,Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Curaçao, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Great Britain (including Crown dependencies), Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, North Macedonia, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Russia, Singapore, Saint Helena, Sint Marteen, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, United States of America, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • Level 3: All other countries are considered as having a high risk of rabies.
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