Farm Guardians: The Great Pyrenees

While now most Pyrenees are raised as companions rather than farm dogs, a Pyrenees bred to work will be both a protective and calm livestock guardian.

| February 2017

  • Despite his widespread use as a family pet, the Great Pyrenees retains his essential livestock guardian nature.
    Photo by Jean-Michel Labat/ARDEA
  • The Pyrenees often appears larger than he is due to his immense double coat.
    Photo by Pam Langrish
  • “Farm Dogs: A Comprehensive Breed Guide to 93 Guardians, Herders, Terriers, and Other Canine Working Partners” by Janet Vorwald Dohner.
    Cover courtesy Storey Publishing

As long as there have been farm, there have been dogs bred and trained to work alongside the humans who run them. Dogs protect and herd livestock, they guard properties, they kill vermin, and they even pull carts. In Janet Vorwald Dohner’s book, Farm Dogs (Storey Publishing, 2016), there are 93 comprehensive profiles of various working dog breeds with lists of their sizes, histories, natures, and more. Learn the benefits and downfalls of certain breeds, and use this guide to determine which dog will be the best working companion for you.

You can purchase this book from the GRIT store: Farm Dogs.

Great Pyrenees

PIR-uh-neez

Also known as Pyr, Pyrenean Mountain Dog, PMD, Chien de Montagne des Pyrenees, GP



Origin: France

Size:
Male: 27 to 32 inches, 100 to 140 pounds
Female: 25 to 29 inches, 85 to 110 pounds





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