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Pyrenean Shepherd Breed Summary

Intelligent, Energetic, Protective, Alert and Devoted

These Sheepdogs, as you may have figured out, originate from the Pyrenees Mountain Range in France and were originally bred as herding doggies. It's thought that they were developed to have a huge amount of stamina and to also be very robust as this would allow them to carry out their work over the harsh mountainous terrains in extreme forms of weather. Even to this day they can be seen working, particularly amongst their larger cousins the Great Pyrenees doggies. In the 19th century, they made their way to America via Shepherds who went to work over there and were quickly recognised as being an excellent working doggy! They also worked during WW1 as messenger doggies, and in some cases to find injured soldiers on the front line! It's thought that these guys may have also helped in the development of Australian Shepherd dogs. They became a recognised breed in 1988 and have since become a popular breed across the world, even gaining a strong fan base in the UK!

Other Names Pyr Shep, Berger des Pyrénées, Pastor de los Pirineos, Petit Berger, Pyrenees Shepherd

Pyrenean Sheepdogs are known for being highly intelligent and high energy doggies. Their really 'go' for life means they aren't the best choice for first time owners as they need to be properly handled and trained. Additionally, they aren't the best breed for families who lead more sedentary lives. But for individuals with breed experience and knowledge, who also lead very active lives, they make fantastic pets! These doggies also need lots of socialisation from a young age to ensure they grow into happy and well-rounded pooches! Additionally, they form extremely strong bonds with their families that remain unbreakable. Their suspicion of strangers and high alertness makes them excellent watch doggies. They would never act out on aggression but would always let their owners know if something was going on that they didn't like. However for the right family, they make excellent pets.