Pyrenean Mountain Dog

Pyrenean Mountain Dog
    Pyrenean Mountain Dog

    Pyrenean Mountain Dog
    Many of us have ‘dog crushes’ – soft spots for breeds or types that we love but know we’ll probably never own for lots of terribly sensible reasons.
    Maybe you don’t have enough hours in the day for the dog you dream of.  Perhaps you have a wandering eye and there are just too many dogs to fit into a lifetime. Or you already have a house squashed full of adored allsorts that chose you.
    In this feature, we go through popular dog crushes and take a fresh look  at what it would be like to actually live
    with them.

    The Pyrenean is a mighty bear of a dog that loves a cuddle and is forever loyal. They can get up to mischief and you’ll need a comb, but you will have a totally devoted companion.
    They are expert escape artists, can reach most surfaces and love digging. They also shed a lot. Not, then, the ideal breed for the house-proud. Our owners have had six-foot fences put up, put locks on the cupboards, filled the house
    with baby gates, bought bigger cars and said goodbye to flower beds.

    Pyrenean Mountain Dog owners revealed:
    Character
    Despite their impressive size, three-quarters of our dogs are ‘big softies’ and over half would sit on a lap if given half a chance.
    These dogs are affectionate and over 70% love people and around half are good with cats. However, the vast majority suffer from selective deafness and less than 10% have a reliable recall. Every single one has a guarding instinct.

    Health
    The Pyrenean Mountain Dog has been classified as ‘category two’ by the Kennel Club. This means the breed has been highlighted with ‘points of concern’ – visible features which, if exaggerated, can cause problems.
    However, nearly half of our owners think their breed is one of the healthier ones. 18% agree the breed has some health problems but are confident that they can be sorted out.
    Less than 5% have made their vets a fortune. According to our owners, average life-expectancy for Pyreneans is 11 and tests for hip dysplasia are highly recommended. 

    Exercise & training
    These dogs are intelligent but stubborn and are a bit too dignified for toys and games (60% regarding a thrown toy with nothing but disdain and only 13% are interested in playing fetch). They do not need bags and bags of exercise and only around 10% get more than an hour. 34% of our owners agree that too much exercise can be disastrous,
    especially for young dogs.

    Pyrenean Mountain Dog antics
    “Will does not move an inch in response to the command ‘Come’ but will be at your side in an instant at the merest whisper of the word ‘biscuit’.” “Liked the noise of the dishwasher so would continually change the programme to listen to the
    noise it made.” “Watches how things are done and copies. Learned how to open various doors and gates just by watching.”
    “Adopted my pet lambs and looked after them.” “Got us up multiple times during the night when we were hatching chicks in an incubator. Each time a chick was cheeping and hatching, she came to the
    bedroom and got us up.”
    Hassan Anzit
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    writer and blogger, founder of Our Dogs Are Loved .

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