Pyrenean Shepherd

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 3in - 1ft 9in
Weight: 15-30lbs
Lifespan: 15 - 17 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly4/5
  • Dog-Friendly2/5
  • Barking Amount2/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone1/5
  • Exercise Need4/5


  • Cold Tolerance3/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly1/5

Pyrenean Shepherd Information

Pyrenean ShepherdThe Pyrenean Shepherd has herded sheep in the Pyrenees Mountains of Southern France for hundreds of years. With a long history as a herding dog, understandably the “Pyr Shep” possesses many of the characteristics found in herding breeds including intelligence, versatility, strength and courage.

This lean and lively dog loves to be part of a family, preferably an active family to keep him entertained and exercised. This breed can become destructive if cooped up and left alone, so make sure he gets the TLC he needs. As far as grooming goes, the Pry Shep just needs his coat – which comes in two types, Rough-Faced or Smooth-Faced, and many different colors – brushed a few times a week.

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Breed FAQs

Can Pyrenean Shepherds be apartment dogs?

Pyrenean Shepherds don't do very well in apartments. It's recommended to look at another breed better suited to apartment-living.

Can Pyrenean Shepherds be left alone?

Pyrenean Shepherds are extremely social and need lots of interaction with their owners. They don't like being left alone and will likely become destructive or anxious if left for long periods.

Are Pyrenean Shepherds good with kids?

Pyrenean Shepherds can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Pyrenean Shepherds friendly with strangers?

Typically, Pyrenean Shepherds are friendly with strangers. They tend to be open and willing to trust those they don't know.

Do Pyrenean Shepherds get along with other dogs?

Pyrenean Shepherds aren't usually friendly with other dogs. They tend to not get along unless carefully socialized.

Do Pyrenean Shepherds bark a lot?

A Pyrenean Shepherd will most often bark only when alerting about something. They likely need something or see a stranger if they're barking.

Do Pyrenean Shepherds shed a lot?

Pyrenean Shepherds shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Pyrenean Shepherds need a lot of grooming?

Pyrenean Shepherds don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Pyrenean Shepherds need a lot of exercise?

The Pyrenean Shepherd has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are Pyrenean Shepherds easy to train?

Although Pyrenean Shepherds can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can Pyrenean Shepherds handle cold weather?

Although Pyrenean Shepherds can handle the cold weather when out with you, they may not want to stay out for long periods of time.

Can Pyrenean Shepherds handle hot weather?

Although Pyrenean Shepherds can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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