Pyrenean Shepherd Dog Breed
- Rough-Faced males – 15.5 to 18.5 inches at the withers, Rough-Faced females – 15 to 18 inches at the withers; Smooth-Faced males – 15.5 to 21 inches at the withers, Smooth-Faced females – 15.5 to 20.5 inches at the withers
- Males – 15 to 35 pounds, Females – 15 to 32 pounds
- Rough-Faced – Long or demi-long; Smooth-Faced – Short
- Black, black and white, blue merle, brindle, brindle merle, fawn, fawn merle, gray, slate gray, or white
- Conformation, Herding, Search and Rescue, Agility, Obedience, Tracking, Flyball, Hearing Assistant
Originally bred to herd sheep in the French Pyrenees Mountains, the Pyrenean Shepherd is a powerful dog with a small, lean body and unique triangular head. The breed has two varieties: Rough-Faced and Smooth-Faced. An ideal companion, the Pyrenean Shepherd is alert, sensitive and intelligent. This energetic, cheerful dog thrives on having a job to do and is a perfect fit for active families.
Did you know An athletic breed with great stamina, the Pyrenean Shepherd is fondly called “Pyr Shep.” This breed can cover up to 25 miles a day working alongside a shepherd or farmer. Two of these vigorous dogs are capable of herding a flock of 1,000 sheep.Pyrenean Shepherds were used as couriers, guards and search-and-rescue dogs during World War I.