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Can Great Pyrenees?

Submitted by Ellie Roberts Came to AGPR on 8/11/2017 Accepted in 2022

Bones came to AGPR over 5 years ago and was afraid of his own shadow. He was afraid to reach out to pet him and was always on edge. After spending time in two different foster homes, he returned to AGPR as a changed dog. He also formed a bond with a selfish and trusting girl named Kai. Bones and Kai were like the old couple next door. They divided every now and then, but they made up for each other and their bond grew with each passing day. Kai taught Bones to have some confidence and Bones showed Kai a lot of manners and patience.

The requirement for the backyard

Do you need a great Pyrenees backyard?

There is some debate about this, but most owners agree that Great Pyrenees are happier when they can laze around in the backyard. The size doesn’t matter. The only real requirement is the fence and making sure your Pyr can’t escape.


If you are thinking of adding another Great Pyrenees to your family, you need to factor in the cost of feeding and housing another dog. Remember that Great Pyrenees are big dogs and eat A LOT! weight females. But the weight of any individual dog can change depending on several factors: health, genetics, exercise and diet – as well as the dog’s age.

Based on recommended exercise and recommended diet, a Pyrenean puppy can grow to around eighty kilos! Pyrenees are usually fully grown at eighteen months of age, but they can also gain weight after that.

Reputable Breeder

Choose a reputable breeder instead of the pet store or casual «backyard breeder». Lists of breeders are available from local Great Pyrenees clubs and from the national club. Ask to see the parents of the puppy you are interested in. It is recommended that you ask if both parents have been certified free of hip dysplasia. Make sure the environment is clean and the puppy is healthy. Look for the happy puppy that comes out. You don’t want a shy, emaciated or sickly youngster. Make sure the coat has a shiny sheen, a sign of good health. There should be no discharge from the eyes or nose and the cub should stand up on strong legs and good feet.

Ask for a breeder-buyer agreement, which explains what is expected of you, the buyer, and the breeder. Your puppy should come from registered parents, should have a pedigree from the breeder, a health record showing when and what had been given in the way of insemination and medication, and care and feeding instructions.