Pyrenean Mastiff's history can be traced to ancient Molos dogs that came with merchants onSilk Road in Souast Europe.first specimens were used as herding dogs.
Althoughfirst breed standard was registered in Spain in 1946,Pyrenean Mastiffs were shownback in 1890 at an exhibition in Madrid. In 1974 a Pyrenean Mastiff named Perrault was successful at a presentation, breed began to flourish. In 1977 in Spainbreed club was created. Members created a new standard. President ofAragonese Kennel Club Andres Jaime Garcia and Society for protection of animals and plants in Aragon helped a lot in development of breed. In 1981 Spanish Royal Society Kennel Club approved new breed standard, which was soon recognized by FCI.
Pyrenean Mastiff is a huge, muscular, complex and harmonic dog. Body fits into a rectangle. Head is large, medium length. Muzzle is elongated with a straight profile, a stop is less pronounced. Eyes are large, with dark walnut color. Ears are hanging, medium in size and triangular in shape, set high. Tail is powerful, covered with long hair. Coat is thick, not fluffy and rarther bristly. Its main color is white. Typical formuzzle is its well defined mask. Whole body can have spots whose color matches that of the mask.
Average height of these dogs is between 71 and 82 cm, and their weight – between 81 and 100 kg.
Character and behavior
The Pyrenean Mastiff is extremely reliable and smart dog. They have strong protective instincts and will do anything for their owner. Thanks to their qualities, representatives of the breed are used as security guards and bodyguards.
Training and education
Although this dog is kind and gentle, it takes its “jobs” very seriously. You should be experienced, strong and the leader of the pack. One thing is certain, this huge animal must be socialized from an early age. However, it is in its nature to be suspicious and alert all the time.
You should train your Pyrenean Mastiff with positive methods and reward-based approach. Teach your puppy to respect and obey, because the Mastiff is an independent dog and may show disrespect if its master is not confident enough.
The Pyrenean Mastiff could suffer from conjunctivitis. There have also been cases of hip dysplasia and problems with joints. Average life expectancy is about 8-13 years.
Grooming and care
This dog's long hair needs combing and brushing on a daily basis. It is a heavy shedder, so the more often you brush its coat, the less hair you'll have in your home.
Check the eyes and ears of your pet regularly. They should always be clean and dry to avoid any kind of infections.
The Pyrenean Mastiff doesn't need a lot of exercise, but without enough walks and games, it will get restless and bored. Two or three walks a day are enough for your dog to spend some energy and learns what goes around its territory. This is also a great opportunity to socialize the Mastiff, who will become more confident and gentler with every new friend.
Children and other pets
This rustic, strong breed is calm and self-reliant. It is docile and even-tempered at home, protective and kind with kids. It gets along well with pets and dogs, as well as withfamiliar people. However, in extreme situations, this giant will defend its master and family at any cost.
Nowadays, there are about 4000 Pyrenean Mastiffs in Spain. Puppies for sale could be also found in many European Countries and even in the USA.
In 1975 there was a huge interest in the breed and some specialist began to collect data, trying to find best specimens. In the end 200 acceptable representatives of the breed were found, but only 95 of them were registered officially.