berger des pyrenees breed information


common health issues

Elbow dysplasia is actually a collective term which refers to the effects of one or more diseases of the elbow joint which result in pain and arthritis. Many of these problems can affect both elbows and result in forelimb lameness and elbow pain, often requiring surgical correction.

A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

The retina is responsible for transmitting light to the brain where it is interpreted as an image. PRA causes deterioration of retinal cells and causes blindness. It can affect puppies as young as a few weeks old, or may appear later in life. There is no treatment or cure, but blind dogs usually can lead quite happy lives.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

The Pyrenean Shepherd, or Berger des Pyrenees, originated in the Pyrenees Mountains of northern Spain and southern France in medieval times. He worked as a livestock and sheep herder for centuries before serving as a courier and search-and-rescue dog for French troops during World War I. It is believed that the first “Pyr Sheps”, as they’re called, came to North America in the 19th century, along with the sheep they tended. Today, there are several hundred Pyr Sheps registered in the United States, but he is still more popular in his native France.

Unlike the large Great Pyrenees (which comes from the same region of Europe), the Pyrenean Shepherd is a small-to-medium-sized dog, weighing between 15 and 32 lbs. His long coat can be one of two types – rough or smooth – and can range from tan to copper-colored, or from charcoal to light grey. He only needs weekly brushing to keep tangles at bay.

The Pyr Shep is extremely athletic and energetic, so he does best in a family that shares his affinity for exercise. He can excel at all sorts of work and dog sports, especially those involving a mind-stretching “job”, such as flyball, obedience, herding trials and agility. When he’s not busy running around, he is a devoted and protective family member, particularly with children. He can be shy with strangers, so socialization and training are important to begin from an early age.

Despite his boundless energy, the Pyrenean Shepherd is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect his health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Pyrenean Shepherds are prone to include joint conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia and patellar luxation; and eye conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Pyr Shep inherits his dad’s trick knee or his mom’s bad eyes, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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