These dogs have a double coat and need a lot of grooming. They shouldn't be shaved to eliminate grooming. Their skin is pink and are subject to sun burn when shaven. One benefit to their coat, is that they are almost self-cleaning. They can play in the water and get covered in mud and once they dry you can brush them and they are bright white again. They need their undercoat brushed out during the warmer months to help with their shedding. They do shed and they shed a lot. They have double dew claws on their hind legs and single dew claws on their front paws. They do need their nails trimmed regularly. A Great Pyrenees owner needs to be able to commit the time to grooming and caring for these dogs to keep them healthy.
In the last couple of weeks I have said "So, you want a Great Pyrenees?" a great many times. I have our cute, fluffy, Great Pyrenees puppies for sale and have received a lot of calls about them. The first thing I want to know is that the person inquiring about these amazing dogs knows what they are wanting. There are many, many wonderful pros about this breed. However, there are some cons as well!
When a person adopts a puppy because it's a cute ball of fur and is eagerly giving kisses, they sometimes don't see the big picture and look into the future. Great Pyrenees puppies are the most adorable creatures and they seem like little balls of love and fur. However, they do grow up, and they grow fast and they grow big...very big! If a person lives in a subdivision or an apartment they may not be able to accommodate the needs of an extra large dog. These dogs are extremely laid back and aren't overly active or hyper. But, they do require space for exercise and they have a built in desire to work because they are livestock guardian dogs. This breed of dog comes from a rich history of shepherding and caring for sheep in the mountains. What starts out as a small ball of fluff, quickly turns into 130-150 pounds of big, furry dog. These dogs do require maintenance and care. They can be very stubborn and are free thinkers and do what they think needs to be done, which isn't always what you think needs to be done. They aren't lay around the yard dogs and they like to roam and can travel miles in their attempts to patrol their borders. The Great Pyrenees like to bark. They bark and bark and bark some more. If you live in a neighborhood, your neighbors might not find your new puppy as cute as you do, if they are kept up all night from incessant barking. The breed is considered nocturnal. They like to lay around and sleep all day, with one ear and eye open, while they protect their property. When the sun starts to set they wake up and come alive and start to warn any thing and every thing that they are on duty. They do these warnings with a lot of barking.
The benefits of having a Great Pyrenees, when you know about the habits of this breed, are exceptional and prove why these dogs are amazing. They are called gentle giants, and this is true to their families that they love and protect. They are wonderful around children and small animals that they consider their charges. They are extremely loyal and loving and they bring a great deal of joy into their owners lives. They are incredible guardians of livestock and will keep their livestock safe from predators that lurk on the edges of a farm. They are right there during births to help the mothers with their new babies and they protect them all as they are vulnerable from predators during that time. They will lay there and let goat kids and lambs pounce all over them and never bat an eye. They are never far away from those that they protect and make the perfect dog for people with livestock and small animals.
With all of that information that I pass on to people, I again ask them "so, you still want a Great Pyrenees?" And, when they say "yes, I do!" I feel like I've at least been honest and open about what they will be getting. It's a long term commitment, but so worth the time and effort for the giant bundle of love that takes over your life.
Hi! My name is Jaymie and I'm married to my best friend and have three children. We live on our hobby farm in the north Georgia mountains and love it!
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