Pyrenean Mastiff

Pyrenean Mastiff

INTRODUCTION

The Pyrenean Mastiff, also known as the Pyrenean Mastiff, originates from northeastern Spain. The exact origin of the breed is unknown, but it is speculated that it evolved from molossers. Humans relied on them to be guardians and protectors of livestock. Although they are purebred dogs, you can still find them in shelters and rescues. Remember to adopt. Do not buy if this is the breed for you.Pyrenean Mastiffs are kind and gentle, making them a perfect family fit. The breed has a calm temperament and gets on well with the family or alone. The dogs are very good with children, but should always be supervised due to the size of the breed. As well as being an excellent family dog, your Mastiff will also be a great protector. They get along well with other humans, but can be wary of strangers if they perceive a threat.

HIGHLIGHTS

The coat of the Pyrenean Mastiff is solid or patterned and comes in a variety of colours. The Pyrenean Mastiff will need regular visits to the groomer to have its coat groomed during the moulting season, so keep this in mind. The Pyrenean Mastiff gets on well with children; however, given its size, it is important to supervise it around small children. He probably won’t mind if you leave for a few hours, as long as his needs are met.

HISTORY

The Pyrenean Mastiff breed dates back to the 1200’s and originated in the Pyrenees mountains near Aragon, Spain. It is believed that this breed evolved from molossers, and the dogs were bred with the sheep and lived to protect them from wolves and bears. Although the Pyrenean Mastiffs were trained to keep livestock safe from predators, things changed in the early 20th century when transporting livestock became easier and the predator population decreased so much that this breed outnumbered the predators. The need for the dogs diminished, as did interest in the breed, so the Pyrenean Mastiff was on the verge of extinction. But wolves returned to the Pyrenean mountains in the late 1970s and created a new need for the breed. A group of breed enthusiasts has set out to revive the breed, and although these dogs are rare, they are no longer close to extinction.The Pyrenean Mastiff first left its homeland in the late 1970s and can now be found all over the world. The breed was recognised by the Fédération cynologique internationale (FCI) in 1954 and is recognised by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as part of its Foundation Stock Service.

Breed Characteristics:
Adaptability:
3/5
All Around Friendliness:
3/5
Health And Grooming Needs:
4/5
Trainability:
4/5
Physical Needs:
3/5
Vital Stats:
Dog Breed Group: Working Dogs
Height: 24 to 31 inches
Weight: 130 to 200 pounds
Life Span: 10 to 13 years

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