We have two dogs to guard our goats. Their names are Thor and Baxter. They are both registered Great Pyrenees. Because they are such great dogs, I wanted to learn more about the breed.
Male Great Pyrenees grow to 100–130 pounds and 27–32 inches, while the females reach 85–110 pounds and 25–29 inches. On average, their lifespan is 10 to 11 years.
Their main coat color is white, but they can have varying shades of gray, red, or tan around their face, ears, body, and tail. As Great Pyrenees mature, their coats grow thicker and the longer colored hair of the coat often fades. Sometimes a little light tan or yellow will appear later in life around the ears and face.
They are a double-coated breed, so the undercoat (while usually white) can also have color like the main coat does. Under all that thick hair, their skin can have color as well.
Thor is all white except for a combination of red and yellow on his face, while Baxter is all white.
I’ve learned from experience that the Great Pyrenees’ coat needs brushing once or twice weekly (especially around the ears), otherwise their fur can get knotted.
The Great Pyrenees we have are very gentle (especially with us kids).
The breed needs regular exercise and tends to be somewhat lazy especially in warm weather. They really enjoy cold weather and snow.
Do you have Great Pyrenees?