Pyrenean Shepherd

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Pyrenean Shepherd
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Smooth-faced Pyrenean Shepherd
Other names Berger des Pyrénées
Petit Berger
Pyrenees Sheepdog
Common nicknames Pyr Shep
Origin France/Spain
Classification / standards
FCI Group 1, Section 1 #141 standard
AKC Herding standard
CKC Group 7 (Herding) standard
KC (UK) Pastoral standard
UKC Herding Dog standard
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Pyrenean Shepherd is a medium-small breed of dog. It comes from the South of France, in the Pyrenees Mountains. The Pyrenean Shepherd is a herding dog. The breed in the northern part of the mountains, where the climate is colder, was originally long-haired and all white. In the Basque area of Spain, the smaller breed of the dog was primarily used to protect the sheep from bear and wolf attacks.

History[change | change source]

Pyrenean Sheepdog.

They may have been a companion of Cro-Magnon man.[1] Pictographs of a similar looking dog were found at Lascaux.[1] They are an ancient and intelligent breed and the Phrenean Shepherd is one of the oldest existing dog breeds.[2][3][4] They have been used since the middle ages to help with livestock.

The breed became popular for a time with French royalty.[5] This is when the son of XIV was in Barèges, France and became fond of a Pyrenees. He took it back to live with him in Louvre in Paris.[5]

In the 1880s, Queen Victoria owned one of the great white dogs. It was at that time that the British Kennel Club recognized the Pyrenean Mountain Dog as a breed. In the 1930s two puppies were brought to Needham, Massachusetts and bred which helped to save the species.[5] The Pyrenean Shepherds were used to carry packs during World War I.[5]

Appearance[change | change source]

The Pyrenean Shepherd has many different looks. The breed is either smooth-faced or rough-faced. One type, common today, is said to look like a cross between a Collie and a teddy bear.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Pyrenean Shepherd". VerticalScope Inc. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  2. Phrenean Shephards: A Complete Anthology of the Dog
  3. The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia® (NY:Columbia University Press,Copyright © 2013).[1]
  4. Pyrenean Shepherd
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Joan Hustace Walker, Great Pyrenees, (Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's, ©1999) p. 6 [2]
  6. CSMonitor.com, Westminster Dog Show 2010

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