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The Great Pyrenees, also called the Pyrenees Mountain Dog, Chien des Pyrenees and Chien de Montagne des Pyrenees, is a French working dog. This species can be traced back to almost 3000 BC, and is one of the oldest natural species in the world. Today, this breed is used as watchdogs, watchdogs and family pets.
While control is the best way to prevent wandering in the Pyrenees, plenty of exercise and mental stimulation will help keep your dog under control.
It is important to remember that letting your dog into a fenced yard does not qualify as exercise. Your Great Pyrenees needs to get out and explore its surroundings. A brisk 30-60 minute walk around the neighborhood will help keep your dog happy.
Choosing a Dog
Once the decision has been made to get a Great Pyrenees for predator control, the next question is what kind of dog to get and where to get a dog.
The first choice must be between an adult dog and a puppy. This will be based on individual needs and available animals. A puppy is generally best recommended, but adult dogs can be very satisfactory on an individual basis. If you decide on an adult dog, be wary of sellers who offer you a «trained» dog. If a dog is already an effective worker, the chances of a human parting with such a dog are slim. Also, if such a dog should become available, there is still the problem of adapting the dog to its new environment and territory. An adult dog should come with a contract that specifies a trial period so that if the dog does not work for the new owner, it can be returned. Training a livestock guard dog cannot be equated with training a herding dog.
The next choice will be male or female. In this species, either gender will do a very good job; so, if you have a lot of choice, by all means practice it. If you get a female, you should have her spayed around 6-12 months. If she is not a spat, you will lose her usefulness for the 3 weeks twice a year when she is in season, and such time may be at peak lambing. She will be more reliable and effective if she is spayed. Contrary to popular myth, a female Great Pyrenees will mate with a male dog of any gender if he is eager enough. Male dogs should also be castrated. The male dog will use his libido to respond to any female dog. This definitely includes coyotes. If you have a female herding dog, or if your neighbors have an unspayed female dog, your male working dog will quite naturally seek out the company of such females. A dog distracted from its stock is useless.
One of the Pyrenean dogs’ defining characteristics is their double coat (we just can’t stress enough about their gorgeous, to-die-for coat). An alert and brave animal on the inside, yet a snowball of white fur on the outside, all thanks to the double coat of beautiful snow white hairs.
This dog’s main coat color is white, but some other colors in small combinations are also found on its skin. It is double coated and has a coarse long outer coat consisting of long hairs. The second coat underneath is the soft inner coat and it has fine, smooth, short hair.