Monday, November 9, 2015
Dog breed spotlight: Pyrenean Shepherd
Pyrenean Shepherds were traditionally paired with a Great Pyrenees that would protect the herd against wild animals. They are tenacious; two Pyrenean Shepherds are enough to manage a flock of 1,000 sheep.
The breed comes in two varieties: smooth-faced and rough-faced. They are intelligent and energetic, and need a job to do. When herding, a dog easily covers 25 miles every day, and running a herding dog tired is an almost impossible task. Mental stimulation can make them tired, and they are great at agility, flyball, and competitive obedience.
This is not a breed that does well being left alone. They prefer to be by their human’s side at all times, and love to follow a person around the house to help with daily chores. They are very sensitive to a person’s moods and often seem to read minds.
Pyrenean Shepherds are generally healthy dogs, and they require little grooming. An occasional bath and a thorough brushing every few weeks goes a long way towards keeping their good looks. The dogs are often referred to as enthusiastic, affectionate, and active.
~ Maria Sadowski ~