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Great Pyrenees Dog Breed

The Great Pyrenees originates from Central Asia having descended from the Maremmano-Abruzzese and the Hungarian Kuvasz. This old working dog breed is also known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog. Large-sised, it has a standard height of 25 to 32 inches and a weight of 85 to 100 pounds (sometimes heavier). It has a wedge-shaped head and a slightly rounded top of head. It has flat cheeks and undefined stop, with the muzzle of equal length to the back skull. The eyes are almond shaped, slanted and dark brown but the lips and nose are black. It has dark brown and V-shaped ears that are close to the head. Its tail is well-feathered and reaches down to the hocks. Feathering is also present on the backs of the legs. The breed has a double layer of coat - a dense, fine and wooly undercoat and a longer, thick and flat outer coat. Common colours include solid white or white with tan patches, wolf-gray or pale yellow.

The Great Pyrenees is a versatile working dog whose talents include cart-pulling, flock guardian, avalanche rescue dog, pack dog for ski trips, watch dog and used during wars. It is courageous, obedient and devoted to its family to the point of even laying down its own life for the sake of the herd or the humans. The Great Pyrenees is a gentle and affectionate house companion, calm and well-mannered. It is good with children and even non-canine animals. It is susceptible to skin problems especially during hot weather and they prefer the cooler climates up in the mountains. It has a life expectancy of 10 years.

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