The AKC Standard describes the Great Pyrenees as "strong willed, independent, and somewhat reserved, yet attentive, fearless, and loyal to his charges -- both human and animal."
As an adult, he is quiet indoors and content with long daily walks and regular opportunities to stretch out. He does love to romp in the snow, and pulling a cart or carrying a backpack gives him a purpose in life.
Aloof with strangers, he should be accustomed to many different people in his early months.
He will run off if not contained by a fence or leash. These dogs were bred to think independently and to make decisions on their own, so if you are looking for an obedience champion who hangs on your every word, the Pyrenees probably isn't it.
If you want a dog who...
- Is large and rugged, resembling a majestic white bear
- Will protect your horses, llamas, sheep, goats, or chickens
- Can be found with a strong territorial temperament, or a more easygoing temperament
If you don't want to deal with...
- A very large dog who takes up a lot of space in your house and car
- Destructiveness when bored or left alone too much
- Aggression toward animals who don't belong to his family
- Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge
Young Great Pyrenees need enough exercise to keep them lean and healthy, but not so much that their soft growing bones, joints, and ligaments become over-stressed and damaged.
Most Great Pyrenees will treat the pets in their own family as members of their flock.
The medium-length coat of the Great Pyrenees only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds excessively you may find yourself brushing him daily to remove loose hair.