Smooth-faced Pyrenean Shepherd
Berger des Pyrénées|
|Common nicknames||Pyr Shep|
|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]
They may have been a companion of Cro-Magnon man. Pictographs of a similar looking dog were found at Lascaux. They are an ancient and intelligent breed and the Phrenean Shepherd is one of the oldest existing dog breeds. They have been used since the middle ages to help with livestock.
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. The Pyrenean Shepherds were used to carry packs during World War I.
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References[change | change source]
- "Pyrenean Shepherd". VerticalScope Inc. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
- Phrenean Shephards: A Complete Anthology of the Dog
- The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia® (NY:Columbia University Press,Copyright © 2013).
- Pyrenean Shepherd
- Joan Hustace Walker, Great Pyrenees, (Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's, ©1999) p. 6 
- CSMonitor.com, Westminster Dog Show 2010