Pyrenean Shepherd

Pyrenean Shepherd

Originally bred to herd sheep in the French Pyrenees Mountains, the Pyrenean Shepherd is a powerful dog with a small, lean body and unique triangular head. The breed has two varieties: Rough-Faced and Smooth-Faced. An ideal companion, the Pyrenean Shepherd is alert, sensitive and intelligent. This energetic, cheerful dog thrives on having a job to do and is a perfect fit for active families.

DID YOU KNOW? An athletic breed with great stamina, the Pyrenean Shepherd is fondly called “Pyr Shep.” This breed can cover up to 25 miles a day working alongside a shepherd or farmer. Two of these vigorous dogs are capable of herding a flock of 1,000 sheep. Pyrenean Shepherd were used as couriers, guards and search-and-rescue dogs during World War I.

ALSO KNOWN AS: Berger des Pyrénées, Petit Berger, Pyrenees Sheepdog

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Enjoys walking half an hour a day
  • Small dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Not a guard dog
  • Great with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids

Pet Card

  • Living Considerations: Good with children if properly trained, not hypoallergenic, not suitable for apartment living if adequately exercised
  • Size: Small
  • Height: Rough-Faced – 38 to 47 centimetres at the withers, Smooth-Faced – 39 to 53 centimetres at the withers
  • Weight: Males – 7 to 16 kilograms, Females – 7 to 14.5 kilograms
  • Coat: Rough-Faced – Long or demi-long; Smooth-Faced – Short
  • Energy: High
  • Colour: Black, black and white, blue merle, brindle, brindle merle, fawn, fawn merle, grey, slate grey, or white
  • Activities: Conformation, Herding, Search and Rescue, Agility, Obedience, Tracking, Flyball, Hearing Assistant
  • Indoor/Outdoor: Both

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