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About Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees, also known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, have been used for centuries by shepherds to protect livestock. AKC standards describe them as "strong willed, independent and somewhat reserved, yet attentive, fearless and loyal to his charges both human and animal."
Pyrenees are massive dogs, regal in appearance. They have keen eyesight, making them tall enough to see trouble coming from a distance and have the size to intimidate and take on most predators. They will fearlessly protect their stock, at their own peril if necessary. A thick double coat enables these dogs to actually prefer cold weather and live among stock in the pasture year round.
Pyrenees also make wonderful pets. They're affectionate and loyal but require space to run and daily exercise. There are couple "musts" to having a Pyrenees as a pet. First must is a fenced in yard. Pyrenees see themselves as the caretaker of their kingdom. Downside to that is, to a Pyrenees their kingdom is a far as the eye can see. Without good fencing all Pyrenees will roam. No amount of training or exercise will keep them from roaming.
Second must is a good vacuum cleaner. These dogs were bred to have thick, long, double coats. They shed a tremendous amount in the spring. Regular grooming or having their coats clipped in the spring can significantly reduce the tumbleweed blowing through the house.

Some will tell you a summer clip will ruin their coat. False. This misinformation stems from confusion between clipping and shaving. Clipping is shortening the coat, the equivalent of a human trim at the hair stylist. Clipping does not damage hair follicles. Our Pyrenees get a 1 1/4" clip every spring. Their coats grow back without issue. Shaving is running a blade along the surface of the skin, removing all fur, leaving bare, smooth skin exposed for that "Mr Clean" look. Shaving absolutely can damage hair follicles, affecting or even preventing regrowth. We had an injury to one of our dogs that required a shave down of the hind quarters and part of the tail. Some of the fur grew back in time, some did not. It's a dice roll for fur regrowth if a shave down is done. Make your veterinarian aware of this should your dog need medical attention for an injury. Clipping is fine but NEVER shave the fur unless it's necessary for the overall health of the dog.


Our Philosophy and Care

We do not subscribe to the notion that in order for a livestock guardian dog to perform as such, the pup needs to be ignored or denied human contact. Through experience with our own Pyrenees we've found this to be completely false. We believe this is an irresponsible practice and do not recommend it. That sort of sink or swim style is detrimental and sets the dog up for failure from day one.  

All dogs, even those that live with livestock, require basic hands on care; trimming of nails/dewclaws, removing that foot long twig entangled in that long fluffy tail, treating a wound, giving annual vaccines, moving the dog to other pastures, ect... without human socialization this basic care causes extreme stress to the dog and can lead to injury of the dog, handler or both. If you're dog doesn't know and respect you, be prepared to get bit and bruised during routine handling.

Our puppies are socialized to human contact from birth. Dam and puppies spend their first 2-3 weeks together indoors (in our sunroom) to ensure each puppy is nursing well, prevent injury from livestock and protect their undeveloped immune system from exposure to environmental factors that could cause them not to thrive. Puppies are introduced to livestock between 4-6 weeks old, sometimes earlier if we have baby goats around.

All our puppies are wormed at 6 weeks old with Fenbendazole or Ivermectin and receive their first vaccines at 7 weeks of age by a certified Veterniary Technician. We do not do puppy wellness checks with a veterinarian. Our puppies will only receive veterinary care if a health issues warrants such. If a buyer wishes to have a puppy seen by a veterinarian prior to purchase, we understand, are more than happy to comply and will take the puppy to the local veterinarian, Villanow Animal Clinic. We are willing to travel to another veterinarian if it's the buyers preference, however there are limits to how far we will travel. The cost of this visit is the buyers responsibility and financial obligation.

Puppies are ready for their forever homes at 8 weeks of age. We will not allow any puppy to be rehomed prior to that age as we feel appropriate behaviors and social skills are learned through interactions with littermates and their dam. If you're interested in giving one of our puppies a forever home, please read our sales policy.


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