Named for the mountains that line the French and Spanish borders, the Great Pyrenees is a big dog with a big history. Not only was the Great Pyrenees used by Basque shepherds in the Pyrenees Mountains, it was also prized by nobility and was appointed French court dog in the 17th century.
Today in the United States, the Great Pyrenees is useful as a livestock guardian and family companion, and it is that profession that this breed has enjoyed for hundreds of years.
The Great Pyrenees is a large dog, weighing anywhere from 80 to 120 lbs, depending on its sex. When they are clean, their full coats are white to light tan, though given their penchant for outdoor life, a clean Great Pyrenees is a rare occurrence!
They are very intelligent breed and are gentle and affectionate with their owners, though their guarding heritage makes them quite protective of their flocks or family when necessary. Having made their own decisions for hundreds of years, they tend to be independent thinkers, and may give you a run for your money in the obedience department. Daily exercise and weekly grooming are a must.
These gentle giants are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that may adversely affect their health – as well as your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Great Pyrenees are prone to include joint conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia; eye problems such as entropion; deafness and skeletal issues such as cervical vertebral instability (Wobbler syndrome).
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Great Pyrenees inherits more than just a fluffy coat, you’re covered.