Great Pyrenees "Quirks"
Not sure if a Great Pyrenees is right for you? If any of the points
below trigger an uncertainty, a Great Pyrenees may not be the best
choice for you or your family. Before we share the negative comments,
understand that we believe a Great Pyrenees is one of the finest, most loyal
and friendliest dogs you could possibly find. However, they do have
their "quirks" and some of these aspects could prove disastrous in the wrong
If you're a jogger and you want a companion to accompany you on those long
marathons, this is NOT
the dog you want. Pyrs are not long-distance runners and tire more readily
than other breeds. Our Lilly loves to go for brisk walks, but when
she gets tired she will just stop - and lay down, and it's hard to do much
with a head strong 100 pound pooped pooch.
Light sleeper? Or do you live in a
close-in neighborhood or apartment complex? If so, you may want to
think about a different breed. Great Pyrenees are like teenagers...
boisterous and nocturnal - and they mind just as well as teenagers.
They're barkers! Because they are
such good watchdogs, Pyrs bark at everything and when they are
young and everything is new...
merits a bark. More
about barking, go here...
They find their voice early. I remember
thinking how cute it was when our Lilly first barked. It seemed that
within days she developed a deep bark (and a growl) - and decided she
liked using it. Obviously, this can be a problem in a neighborhood
Climate? I know that people all
over the country own Great Pyrenees, but these are a "Northern breed" of
dog and they prefer cold weather. Even as a puppy, our Pyr
would stretch her pink belly on the snow and sleep in single digit temps!
Lilly LOVES to roll in the snow,
and sleep there when possible.
Inside companion? Pyr's make
great ranch and farm dogs, they like to patrol and make the rounds (barking
at everything - and nothing). They prefer to be outside - in any weather.
This is not a good choice for a "house pet" that will be confined for long
periods of time. They need room to roam!
Gentle Giants? Great Pyrenees
are called "gentle giants" and the name fits them well as it relates to
their interaction with children and cats, etc. But don't confuse the
word "gentle" with docile or wimpy. These are very strong dogs and a
leisurely stroll is something that is a rarity. This dog can drag
you down the road if it sees or smells something it wishes to pursue.
If I were 65 years old with a hip replacement, I'd not want to take a
Pyr for a walk.
Apartment dweller? If you live
in an apartment, it is our opinion that this is not a good dog for you.
Although some people do live in an apartment with a Pyr, we don't think
this is fair to the dog. These are BIG creatures and like any dog,
they like to romp and run. An apartment does not provide an ideal
setting for such a pooch. Pyrs prefer to be outside - in ANY weather
and the colder the better. We
built an outside kennel for our dog and fenced in a large play area
Okay, now that we've shared all the reasons you
do not want to own a Great Pyrenees, the rest of this website is dedicated
to all the things that make the Great Pyrenees the greatest dog you
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