- SIZE: 2
- GROOMING:: 7
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 9
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 9
- WATCHDOG: 9
- BREED: Pyrenean Shepherd
- COLOR(S):Fawn, gray, merle, or brindle.
The Berger de Pyrenees, or Pyrenean Shepherd, is a medium sized breed that comes in two different varieties: the Long-haired and the Smooth-haired. Some even break the breed down into another category: the Wire-haired. These variations came about from the area in which the breed lived, with fur length and texture determined by the climate and living conditions. The Long-haired type has long, shaggy hair that will cord if not brushed out regularly. The Smooth-haired type has less fur, and it is shorter, about medium length. Both are herding dogs, bred for working with the Pyrenean Mountain dog and the Pyrenean Mastiff. Pyrenean Shepherds can be nervous, but good at working at a job. They thrive off of an activity and being around their people. They are active, full of energy, and can be mischievous at times. Training is essential for this breed, as they can turn into little terrors if not properly trained and socialized when they are young. The Smooth-haired type tends to be less nervous than the Long-haired, but both have exceeding energy and spunk.
Pyrenean Shepherds are lively, energetic and nervous. They are built for speed, have great endurance, and love to work. They thrive off of a job or activity to do. They like being around their family, but are not as kind to strangers. They are wary of strangers, in fact. Pyr Sheps do not tolerate annoyances from children or other people. They are protective of their own, alert, and fearless. They can become mischievous if not trained or socialized properly. Independent but loyal, the Pyrenean Shepherd is a good guardian. They are also excellent watchdogs, and have been described in literature as, "a ball of fire...so vivacious and quick-witted that...he can...perform any task."
Smooth-haired type has smooth, medium-shaggy fur that does not cover the eyes. Long-haired type has wiry, shaggy, long fur that will cord if not brushed out regularly. Both coats are weatherproof.
Epilepsy, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), hip dysplasia, and patellar luxation.
This breed is very energetic on its own, and therefore needs regular, consistent exercise. They may get their own exercise through their own activities, but activities or walks should be provided otherwise.
Pyrs are highly trainable. They are eager to do as their owner pleases, and although independent, they get fulfillment out of doing an activity. The breed should be trained and socialized from an early age. Learning Rate: High. Obedience - High. Problem Solving - High. Pyrenean Shepherds are very clever and quick-witted.