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What You Want To Know

About Great Pyrenees

Do purebred Great Pyrenees have spots on them?


According to AKC Standards, as well as breed standards, Great Pyrenees have a lush weatherproof coat in "All White", or "Badger" which is white with markings of gray, varying shades of tan or reddish-brown. These markings should not cover more 1/3 of their body, when they are born. Typically by around 8 weeks these markings are begining to soften and become less obvious as the white hair grows and covers the darker skin. Overtime they may even completely fade to only highlights or just markings on the ears. However, some Great Pyrenees keep their markings into adulthood.




Is it dangerous for both parents to be all white?


A lot of people, even some breeders, are unaware of the harm that can be done if two all white, with no skin pigmentation, dogs are bred together resulting in an all white litter.

Breeding for certain physical traits such as all white dogs can result in Pyrenees that are smaller in overall size, weak, missing pigmentation on the skin, or holes inside the skin pigment, lighter eyes, and recessive allies becoming dominant. This can result in a genetic train wreck. It can also create unknown temperament changes, which could be why they display some of the behaviors LGDs should not, such as the chaser behavior. According to breed club and other farms we've talked to, you could eventually end up with deaf and blind dogs.

So why do some breeders still breed two all white dogs together? The short answer is because all white sells! If you find a breeder selling all white puppies, from all white parents, we suggest you turn around...and run! Remember that even as markings on the hair may fade you should still see skin pigmentation markings.




Is it really OK for them to be outside 24/7?


Short answer is absolutely as long as they have a shelter they can escape to, although ours rarely use their shelters. These dogs should be free to roam safely within a fence and not tied.

These gentle giants are basically tiny polar bears. 😅 Their thick and magical double coat is dirt and tangle-resistant. (Seriously it's self cleaning) They have a long outer coat and a thick soft warm undercoat. In the winter the thick and fluffy undercoat keep them warm and block the cold air. The long outer coat sheds the rain and snow. They love the winter. Trust us! In the summer, and after welping, they shed their warm undercoat to allow air to move closer to the skin, keeping them cool. The outer layer than adds a layer of protection from the sun.




What exactly is a Livestock Guardian Dog?


Our Great Pyrenees work so hard around here keeping the predators away. Groundhogs are pesky little animals that create massive holes in our fields which are dangerous to all of the animals we raise here. In fact, we've fallen in them ourselves a few times and it's no fun! Zeus, Lilac, Lacy, and Aspen also do an amazing job at running off foxes, and the occasional bear and coyote. It's pretty incredible to watch them work hard to keep their animals safe from any potential threat! Livestock guardian dogs can multi-task and are capable of instantly switching from gentle companion to strong defender.LGD dogs usually live calmly with their stock but will jump into action to keep their area safe and free of predators of all sizes. They are typically gentle and peaceful unless provoked by intruders. They systematically respond to potential threats and perceived danger, beginning with deterrents and attacking only as a last resort. They work around the clock, sleeping for short periods but all the while ready to protect, defend and fight.This guarding behavior is instinctive. It is not taught. The dog either has it or it doesn’t have it, in which case it will fail. When choosing a LGD for your farm or homestead it is important to look for dogs that are AKC registered, and have a strong background in Guarding livestock. This ensures that quality and authenticity of the breed, and with the right training the dog will succeed at guarding your livestock and or family.




Is it good to have multiple Great Pyrenees for guarding?


Your Great Pyrenees will do just fine on it's own. They are not herd animals where they need to have another dog buddy to be happy. However, working dogs do a lot better with multiples. There are typically 3 basic guardian personalities: The alpha, the nursemaid, and the scout. The alpha is typically the one conducting boundary marking, and the first to to be heard barking. The nursemaid is often seen lounging with the herd or flock. The flock knows to follow this dog to a safer area. The scout does not mark the boundary lines as they scout. Having a single guardian will make it hard for them to be a perfect guardian because no one dog can display all three of guardian personalities. Each of your Great Pyrenees will take on different roles throughout your homestead or farm allowing them to work more efficiently. This is especially helpful should they encounter a pack of coyotes. If you're adding another Pyr to your pack it is important to keep in mind, that pyrenees do better in opposite gender pairings. The photo above is such a good representation of two of our dogs personality. Zeus is on the right, and standing. He is constantly on the go. Always checking the perimeters, the livestock, and investigating. Lilac, on the left is laying down. She is very laid back until it's "go time". She spends most of her laying around either in the field or the barns. Once she hears something though, there is absolutely no hesitate in the pep in her step, she's off! Both of these dogs have different jobs. Something they've worked out amongst themselves. But it's definitely a job well done!




Are Great Pyrenees good companion dogs?


Great Pyrenees are loving additions to any family!! They are affectionate and gentle with people, especially children, and they are often used as personal and property guardians. If you do not have livestock animals, that is okay, they will bond to and protect people as well. Instead of guarding livestock being their job, guarding you, or your home, will become their job! In some setups they can concurrently guard people and stock. For a "non-working" pyrenees we suggest a fenced in yard, plenty of exercise, and lots of love. With these three things your Pyr would have no issues curling up beside you on the couch while you enjoy you bing watch your favorite show.




What toys should you get for your Great Pyrenees pup?


We recommand easy, and cheap toys. Milk jugs, raw deer bones, handmade ropes from Love Lucky Dogs, or heavy duty ropes from your local pet store. They also love KONG toys filled with PB.

For safety, be sure to remove the seal band and lid on the milk jug and toss out when it begins to crack open.