Breed Information

Great Pyrenees Club Of Americia

Great Pyrenees Breed Standard

GPCA Breed Information

AKC Great Pyrenees Information

Great Pyrenees Grooming

Great Pyrenees Library

Great Pyrenees Video

Is a Great Pyrenees the dog for you? Let's us help you with that question.

The Great Pyrenees is a unique breed and is not necessarily suited to all families. A pretty little Great Pyrenees puppy can steal your heart, but do not let it get the best of your good judgment about what type dog will fit into your home. They are impressive, majestic, loyal, and loving. However they are also very strong willed. You need to be prepared for their unique personalities. Adding a Great Pyrenees to your family is a long term, serious commitment, so please do not take it lightly. These dogs give your their hearts and do not deserve it being broken by someone that made a snap judgment getting a cute little fur ball pup.

A Great Pyrenees is not for you if...

1. You cannot tolerate hair. It will be in the house, on your clothes, and in your car.

2. You cannot tolerate barking. Great Pyrenees bark, that’s their job. Barking is an early line of defense against anything that is on or around their property. You cannot ask them to not do something that comes so natural to them. Is is like asking a child not to talk or laugh.

3. You want an off-leash dog. A Great Pyrenees must have a fenced yard or be walked on a leash. This is not an off-leash breed.

4. You want a dog to respond to your every command the second you issue it. Great Pyrenees dogs have been bred over thousands of years to think on their own, they do not want you to do it for them. This does not mean they will not do what you ask most of the time, they will as long as they think it is a good idea. You have to make time for training your dog. They will want to please you but must have gentle guidance from you to know how. This will require committing to at least a puppy kindergarten course, as well as basic obedience classes before the dog is one year old.

5. You cannot deal with drool. Well-bred Great Pyrs do not drool, much anyway. Like most giant dogs, Pyrs will drool at the sight of food, or after drinking. It is just a fact of life when you live with a Great Pyrenees.

6. You want a dog to play catch. It could happen… sometimes. But don’t count on it. They are however great at finding and hiding things.

7. You have a pretty landscaped property and do not want extra holes. A Great Pyrenees will have the need to do a little landscaping of its own. They dig, just another fact of life with a Great Pyrenees.

8. You are unable to be dominant and firm while being patient and gentle. That is to say… you are impatient. A developing Great Pyr will test your patience. It is that simple. Being willful and independent, they are sometimes slow to respond. But that is not due to lack of intelligence. Pyrs learn quickly. Pyrs respond well to calm, firm, patient, assertive leadership… not so well to anger and aggression.

9. You want a dog that does not cost a lot. If this is so you do not want a pyr. With a large breed dog everything will cost more. Vet bills, food, beds, toys, etc...

10. You do not have time for grooming your dog. Even if your goal is not that show quality look, your Great Pyrenees will need bi-weekly grooming. It takes a lot of effort and commitment to have a good healthy coat, free of mats which are a breeding ground for hot spots and skin issues.

11. You don't want to share your home but just your yard with your dog. They are very devoted to their family and want to be with you as much as possible. Just like you if they get bored, they will find a way to keep themselves busy.