Because of his size, the Great Pyrenees is a lot of dog to handle, and needs plenty of space at home. Usually he is calm and serious. He forms deep, loving attachments to his family that last a lifetime. Sometimes he chooses one person as his special friend. To strangers, he can seem independent (AKC).|
"...doing what Great Pyrenees do -- slowly circling the property and barking every few paces... powerful guarding instinct...
"... 1600s... Louis XIV declared le Chien de Pyrenees the Royal Dog of France.
"Like Hungary's Kuvasz, Italy's Maremma, and Poland's Tatra--all breeds with which it shares ancient mastiff roots... Great Pyrenees Club of America
"Pyrs appear larger than they are because of the white color and profuse hair... abundant double coat requires a great deal of grooming... daily combing to keep mats at bay... Double dew claws found on the rear legs... require regular maintenance...
"...there are five things that should make them reconsider getting a Great Pyrenees... They shed, they dig, they slime, they bark, and they roam.
"...fences are an absolute must to keep this territorial breed from wandering... fanciers have a name for a Great Pyrenees who is let off leash in an unfenced area: a "dis-a-Pyr."
"Then there is the noise factor... an industrial-strength bark.
"Gentle with children, arguably the friendliest of all the livestock guarding dogs with people (though the breed is naturally aloof to strangers), the relatively calm, low-energy Great Pyrenees makes a wonderful household companion when not working...
"...resign themselves to its independent streak. Pyrs are bred to think for themselves.
"They may be very bullheaded, but they are also soft dogs... harsh training techniques are ineffective" (Denise Flaim. "On Guard." Dog Fancy, Oct. 2004: 46-51).
Colby Glass, MLIS