Monday, May 19, 2014
Rare Breed Monday: Pyrenean Shepherd
Herding dogs are generally energetic and intelligent, and the Pyrenean Shepherd is not an exception. During a day's work, a dog covers around 25 miles while doing chores with the shepherd. If it's not working with sheep it needs another job to do, and these smart and agile dogs excel at flyball, competitive obedience, and agility.
During World War One, thousands of Pyrenean Shepherds were used as couriers, search and rescue dogs, and for accompanying guards on their rounds. They were considered the most intelligent, able, and fastest of all the breeds used.
The breed comes in two varieties: rough-faced and smooth-faced. The breed is generally healthy with a life span of at least 15 years.
~ Maria Sadowski ~