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Why do the Great Pyrenees sleep on their backs?

In my early twenties I worked on a sheep farm in southern Illinois. The farm had about 1,000 sheep and two Great Pyrenees dogs to protect them. Great Pyrenees dogs are a breed of dog known as the Livestock Guard Dog (LGD); they do not herd the sheep like border collies but are there instead to protect the sheep from predators. They are huge, white (mostly), furry dogs that blend in well with the herds.

The pyres, as the breed is affectionately known, slept all day in the barn when people were around and there was no danger from the sheep. Still, throughout the night they patrolled the town, periodically barking to alert coyotes or wandering farm dogs that they were on duty and a force to be reckoned with. Pyrs have a deep, booming bark that represents power and the ability to back it up. We never lost a single sheep thanks to these dogs.

High quality shampoo and conditioner, paw massage and thorough brushing to keep the coat looking good. Catch the Pyrenees rolling in the mud as you return home.

Spend the day preparing healthy meals or buy premium food for the Pyrenees. Cry when your Pyrenees depletes your high-quality, healthy meal.


As a nocturnal animal, the Pyrenees is not suitable for all owners. A dog that is awake at night can have a significant impact on your life.

The barking and constant roaming around the house could keep the whole family up at night.

Curly Sue

When dogs sleep this way they engage in (what we like to call) ‘Curly Sue’ position. Because the Curly Sue allows a dog to protect its belly and share heat in a pack, it’s the most common position among wolves and wild dogs, according to Dogs Best Life. If your puppy is doing the Curly Sue, it probably means that he is either a little cold or afraid of something, like a new environment or people. But don’t worry. Happy, independent puppies often sleep like this too – it’s just so cosy!

Final Thoughts

The question of whether to let your Pyrenees sleep outside is up to you and your dog! You need to look at your resources, needs and climate. You also need to consider whether our dog wants to see inside or outside and what is the best option for health. Hopefully you feel you have enough information now to make an informed decision for your family and furry friend!