The look of the Long-haired Pyrenean Sheepdog always provokes superlatives. Its regal beauty, dignity and poise impress all who see it. By getting acquainted with the history of this breed, we can appreciate the true and greatest value of its unique and beautiful nature.
As the name suggests, the breed was born in the Pyrenees mountains on the border between France and Spain. It has existed in the Middle Ages, as evidenced by the writings of Gaston Fhoebus of the 14th century. This is a sheepdog and in those times was used as a guard of flocks of sheep on the slopes of the Pyrenees.
The first detailed description of this breed was made by Count de Bylandt in 1897. They called it Patou, which derives from the Old French word "pastre" – shepherd. The International Dog Federation recognized the breed in 2009.
The Long-haired Pyrenean Shepherd is a large dog with a strong body. The head is not very large, the skull is slightly convex. The dog's eyes are rather small, slightly sloping, golden brown, with a smart look. The ears are located at eye height, relatively small, triangular in shape, with rounded tips. They adhere on both sides of the head. The limbs are straight and strong. The coat is rich, smooth and soft. The coloring is pure white or white with gray spots, pale yellow or orange head, ears and base of tail.
The tail of this breed is located comparatively low and at the end is slightly curved upwards. The female's height is between 65 and 72 cm and the weigh – between 35 and 45 kg. The male's height is about 75 cm and their weight -between 56 and 64 kg.
Character and behavior
The Long-haired Pyrenean Sheepdog only loves its master and family. It is very courageous and coolly dog with a protective temper and it is normal to be suspicious of strangers, because it's always been used as a shepherd dog and as a guard.
This breed is generally with independent character, often stubborn. Its main task is to protect those for which it is responsible, and that means a very strong emotional relationship with these people or animals. The main trait of this breed is great devotion and love for family members.
Training and education
The Long-haired Pyrenean Sheepdog should know who is the master from an early age. Key in training are stiffness and tenderness - iron hand to see who's in charge, but in a velvet glove, because the dog is smart enough to not accept violence.
You should not train this breed to attack.In fact, the training of the dog starts with the education of its masters, because if you live in a restless conflict environment, it may learn bad habits from others. Do not overdo with commands because this is not a breed to tame, but to educate. You'll be surprised how quickly it perceives and how strong is its memory.
This dog often barks at loud noises - airplane, mower, etc.
Grooming and care
The Long-haired Pyrenean Sheepdog loves open spaces. It should live in a house with a big yard, in any case not in the apartment. Although it loves to be outside, it is necessary to spend several hours a day in the company of its owners, to establish a lasting and strong relationship.
The lovely coat of this breed requires constant maintenance, brush it at least once a day. The good thing about the fur is that it cleans itself. When the coat is dry all dirt falls to the ground and your pet does not need bathing.
The Long-haired Pyrenean Sheepdog is generally a healthy dog. Like other large breeds, this one is prone to hip dysplasia.
The life span is about 12 years.
Children and other pets
This dog is strongly attached to its family and gets along very well with both people and animals in it. It loves children and protects them all the time.
Coexistence with other dogs of the same sex can create problems with the hierarchy.
The Long-haired Pyrenean Sheepdog has acquired great fame outside of its native region, especially after a specimen was brought in the court of King Louis XIV in 1675.
The National Library of France keeps evidence for the devotion and courage of this breed. For example, in 1391 a Pyrenean Sheepdog saved the King Charles VI from an assault of a raging bull.
Despite the fact that the breed is very popular in Western Europe, puppies for sale are still hard to find outside France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.