Breed Information Centre

Pyrenean Mountain Dog


Illustration of Pyrenean Mountain Dog

One of the tallest of the pastoral breeds, the Pyrenean was guarding flocks in the Pyrenees from the Middle Ages. Gentle and elegant, he found favour in the Royal Courts and palaces of the nobility. Louis XIV named him the Royal Dog of France. A calm and gentle worker, the Pyrenean was used as a messenger dog and as a pack dog by the French Army in World War II. It has also been suggested that the Pyrenean was used as a smuggler to carry large packs of forbidden goods from one side of the Pyrenees to the other, taking paths which were inaccessible to humans and so avoiding the Customs’ checkpoints.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Under 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.

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