The homeland of the Pyrenean Sheepdog – smooth faced is France. Its representatives are good helpers of farmers in guarding herds of cattle. Today it is a very rare breed. Coming with a modest and unassuming origin, this little dog is practically unknown on stage of official Cynology until the early 20th century. Even now, puppies for sale can be found only in some regions of France and Spain.
The origin of all Pyrenean Shepherds was lost in time, but according to legends, these dogs are descendants of foxes and bears from the Pyrenees Mountains. They are probably the original animals of “Cro-Magnons”. Paintings of these dogs were found in the Lascaux cave.
The Pyrenean Sheepdog – smooth faced has an athletic body with correct proportions, covered with a soft or longer and rough to the touch, waterproof coat. Coloration occurs in beige, copper, yellow, brown, gray, brindle or black. Height of representatives varies from 38 to 54 cm and their weight - from 6 to 14 kg. Head is wedge-shaped, with dark, almond-shaped eyes and small ears, covered with hair. Tail is worn down.
Character and behavior
This breed varies considerably from one valley to another. Shape and fur can be quite different, but temperament and character never change. The Pyrenean Shepherd dog is very brave, resourceful and inventive, taking initiative in its "paws" and totally devoted to its master. The dog has maximum energy for minimum size. Its expression is truly unique - always watchful, as though reflecting a movement of air, with a very lively and energetic movement.
These little shepherds don't like to be alone, especially in an apartment or a small house. If left alone for a long time, they can make a huge mess and bark unceasingly.
Training and education
By nature, this is quite a headstrong dog. A strict control of its actions is always needed to channel an exuberant energy and bring out the best of its intelligence.
The Pyrenean Sheepdog – smooth faced is not suitable breed for people who have no experience in raising dogs. What is needed is an early, proper socialization. Training should be done through the use of positive techniques as these dogs are really sensitive.
The Pyrenean Sheepdog is distinguished by good general health, but is prone to eye problems, ear infections and hip dysplasia. Average lifespan of these beautiful animals is about 15 years.
Grooming and care
Apartments are not suitable homes for these dogs, they need more space and a lot of movement to spend their energy and feel good. It is important to be taught by people with experience in breeding of dogs that will know how to properly socialize them from young ages. Representatives of this breed are sensitive and fragile. Coat of the Pyrenean Sheepdog – smooth faced should be brushed often to maintain the coat in good condition.
Children and other pets
This dog gets along very well with children and other pets, especially if they grew up together. They behave suspiciously to strangers, which is quite normal considering their strong protective instincts.
Puppies for sale of this Pyrenean breed can be found mainly in foothills of mountains where, according to the book by Bernard Sénac-Lagrange (1927) they were appreciated by cattle-drovers and horse-dealers.There are a lot of qualities that distinguish this smaller dog from other types of shepherds from this region. Change in the standard was made in 1920.