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These lean but muscular dogs have impressive speed, grace and intelligence. The Pyrenean Shepherd’s passion for his family is matched only by his passion for work, and parents of this breed of dog must be prepared to give their dogs a job to do, whether it is a competitive dog sport or a flock of sheep to command.Although Pyr Sheps, as they are sometimes called for short, are purebred dogs, you may find them in the care of shelters or rescue groups. Remember to adopt. These dogs can be excellent and loving companions who will get along well with all humans in the house, even children. Just be sure to supervise playtime, as with all children and dogs. Pyr Sheps can even adapt to flat living, but they have high energy and exercise needs, so make sure you can keep up with them with plenty of walks. Agility training will also keep them busy, and they excel at many dog sports when well trained. If you want a dog that will keep you moving, this may be the breed for you.
If you ever see a Pyrenean Shepherd running on an agility course, you will be amazed at the enthusiasm and speed of this small, slender sheepdog. His movement is said to “scrape the earth” and, in fact, he almost looks like he’s flying.To live with a Pyrenean Shepherd is to become a very energetic, intelligent and mischievous companion whose passion for you will only be matched by his desire to work. Be prepared to stimulate his mind and satisfy his need for activity with a challenging dog sport or some kind of herding he can take charge of. Always vigilant, he tends to be wary of strangers and is an excellent watchdog. You should give your Pyr Shep plenty of socialization, starting in the early puppy years, to ensure that his lively personality develops to its fullest.
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