Pyrenean Shepherd

Herding Group

Rough Faced and Smooth Faced from La Brise

The Pyrenean Shepherd is vigilant and alert and seldom misses out on what is going on.  The “Pyr Shep” is a rare breed in America, but in his traditional homeland of France his popularity as a wonderfully devoted family companion has grown considerably since the early 1970s.  He likes to be involved, and his devoted and obedient nature make it possible for him to be included in all family activities or dog performance events.  Herding and rescue work, agility, flyball, tracking, protection and obedience trials are some of the areas in which he excels.  He can also possess a mischievous streak which will keep his owners on their toes if they want to remain one step ahead of him!

Suspicious of strangers by nature, early, extensive socialization will convince him that strangers are no threat to him or his family unit.   He enjoys the company of other dogs within the family unit, if for no other reason than to boss them around.  Outside of the family unit he gives off an air of snobbery seeing no good reason to make extended canine friends.  These personality characteristics go back to the secluded life the breed lived in the Pyrenees Mountains where strangers and other animals were viewed as potential trouble in the form of poachers or predators.

(extracted from the Personality section of the web site of the Pyrenean Shepherd Club of America

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Notes for owners
Mid to long Minimal A working dog who loves challenge and PLENTY exercise.  Not meant for the city life.  Needs strong-minded owner.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Foundation Stock Service

Pyrenean Shepherd Club of America

AKC Breed History


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