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13 Interesting Facts About the Great Pyrenees Dog Breed

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Check out these 13 interesting facts about the Great Pyrenees dog breed. How many of them did you know?

1) The Great Pyrenees Dog is huge

The average height of a Great Pyrenees when it stands on its four legs is about 27 to 32 inches tall. Its body can be anywhere from 100 pounds to 150 pounds when it is fully grown. It also has a strong and robust build, which makes the dog look even bigger than it actually is!

2) The Great Pyrenees Dog has a long history

Fossils of the Great Pyrenees have been found dating between 1800 B.C. and 1000 B.C. It is thought that they were brought to the Pyrenees Mountains by the Basque shepherds.

3) The Great Pyrenees Dog is loyal and devoted

The Great Pyrenees has very high standards of who to show its loyalty to. The dog does not trust strangers, especially if they are outside of its family. They tend to be very reserved around people they don’t know, and will only come around once they’ve been properly introduced.

4) The Great Pyrenees Dog is a natural guard dog

Great Pyrenees’ are very territorial, which makes them excellent watchdogs. They have a strong sense of smell, and can be very aggressive towards anyone who tries to enter their property.

5) The Great Pyrenees Dog can be a lot to handle as a first dog

The Great Pyrenees is an intelligent dog breed, but it may take some time to train them properly. They are naturally stubborn and independent. In research done at the University of Pennsylvania, they ranked 100 out of 124 dog breeds for easiness to train! Sometimes, this can be a lot for first-time dog owners to handle.

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6) The Great Pyrenees Dog is dedicated to its family

The Great Pyrenees are very loyal, affectionate, and protective around their families. They tend to form strong bonds with the children of the family, who they will playfully interact with on a regular basis. They rank 27 out of 124 dog breeds for separation anxiety-they need to be with their families!

7) The Great Pyrenees Dog will need extensive grooming and maintenance

The Great Pyrenees has a thick double layer coat which is a magnet for leaves, twigs and dirt. They shed quite often, and will need to be brushed at a minimum of once per week. In the spring and summer, they will need to be bathed more often as well. Buy a good vacuum cleaner!

8) The Great Pyrenees Dog has been a part of many royal families for centuries

The Great Pyrenees were first seen on mountain ranges between France and Spain between the 16th and 17th centuries. They were owned by Queen Victoria of England and were also declared the Royal Dog of France by King Louis.

9) The Great Pyrenees is a Night Owl

The Great Pyrenees was bred to guard livestock at night which is why you may see them more active when the sun goes down. This fact usually makes them great watch dogs!

10) The Great Pyrenees Dog is a Relatively Healthy Breed

A health concern seen in the breed is Degenerative Myelopathy, which is caused by a genetic mutation. It usually occurs at about 9 years of age and results in muscle atrophy and will progress until the dog can no longer support its weight. In one study, almost 12% of Great Pyrenees tested carried the mutation.

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11) They are Escape Artists and Diggers

How does such a big dog climb over fences? They can and if you have a nice lawn, it may not stay nice for long because they like to dig-or just remove the grass to lie in the cool dirt!

12) They are NOT an off Leash Dog

It is said by Great Pyrenees owners that “an off-leash pyr is a disapyr”!

13) Double Dew Claws

The Great Pyrenees is one of the few purebred dogs in the world that has double dewclaws on their hind legs. It is believed the dog developed this trait to help stabilize them on rough mountain terrains where they often worked.

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