The Great Pyrenees temperament can be described as quietly confident with a keen sense of danger and fearless as a guardian and protector. A well-balanced Great Pyrenees is neither aggressive nor timid.
Great Pyreness’s were originally bred to guard flocks next to shepherds. Today, they typically work as therapy or rescue dogs. They are an intelligent breed that loves to figure things out and work on their own. They can be stubborn and may try to dominate their owners. Their curiosity may cause them to wander, too. Because of this, early training is necessary. If not trained, they can become uncontrollable as adults.
The training is worth it though – Great Pyreness’s are great companions. They are devoted to their family, courageous, and have the ability to determine a friend from a foe. If not socialized while young, though, they will think everyone is a foe, going so far as to not let anyone in the yard – even with permission.
If socialized young, the Great Pyreness is a social creature who loves to play with other dogs and children. Great Pyreness’s do bark – a lot – to fend off intruders (or anyone, really). They tend to bark more at night, too, due to their extraordinary sense of sound and sight. Their hearing is so sensitive they can detect sounds even with the TV, air conditioner, and music on full blast.
Great Pyreness’s will put their paw on your shoulder or lap to show how much they love you. They also believe they are lap dogs and will make themselves right at home in any space, big or small.
Major Health Concerns: The Great Pyrenees is prone to hip dysplasia. Their sensitivity to hot weather may cause skin problems.
Interesting Fact: The Great Pyrenees is a very old breed, and has been used for hundreds of years by shepherds. It would be left alone to guard the flock at night, this is why the breed is very independent but are usually found barking away at night.
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