Great Pyrenees

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Le Grand Chien des Montagnes, Pyrenean Mountain Dog, or the Great Pyrenees is a stout, robust dog that traces its ancient ancestry to Pyrenees Mountains of France, where the breed was employed by shepherds as a guardian of flocks. The breed brings to its twentieth century owners the same protectiveness intelligence, and fortitude that endeared it to shepherds through the ages. The Great Pyrenees makes a great family dog, bonding closely to its human family exercising gentleness with little ones. The full, flowing coat requires consistent care to prevent mats and to keep shedding to a minimum. The Pyr stands 25-32 inches tall and weighs between 90-125 pounds – surely a substantial canine. The coat is typically white, though an attractive pied coloration is popular in Europe. The breed makes an excellent watch and guard dog, serious, discerning, and deterring, which is not to subtract from its natural playfulness with children and other family members. In general, the Great Pyrenees is a hardy dog, faring well in both cold and temperature climates, and demanding little special care from the owner.

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