Pyrenean Mastiffs are one of the most popular breeds in the world. They have been used since ancient times as guard dogs or war dogs. Today they are still being used as such. Their size makes them ideal for guarding and protecting their owners from intruders, but it also means that they tend to get very aggressive when threatened. Because of this, they need constant socialization with other dogs, which means that they require a large amount of exercise and mental stimulation every day.
The breed originated in France and was first bred there in the 17th century. Since then, they have spread all over Europe. Some of these breeds include:
Pompeii Mastiff (Italy)
Brittany Mastiff (France)
Burgundian Mastiff (Germany)
They are known for their loyalty and love of humans. They are not known to bark too much unless someone is trying to scare them or attack them.
Although they are considered to be a “large” dog, they do not weigh more than 30 pounds. However, because of their size, they may need extra exercise and mental stimulation. They are also known to growl at times if left alone too long.
They are usually good with children and other animals, though some people think that they don’t like them very much. They do however seem to enjoy human company quite a bit!
One thing to watch out for is their size. If they are not properly trained and socialized when they are younger, they can become too protective of their owners and aggressive towards people that they don’t know. They cannot be left alone for long periods of time, otherwise they can become destructive or start barking excessively.
They are known to growl or even snap if someone approaches their owner to show that they are protecting them if they feel like the stranger is too close. If the stranger backs off, they will stop being aggressive.
These dogs can be trained to obey simple commands like “sit” or “stay”. These dogs can be aggressive towards strange humans or animals, so proper training is a must and it should start when they are puppies.
These dogs are often used as guard dogs because of their size. They will bark at anyone they don’t know or are suspicious of. If the person continues to come closer, the dog may take action and attack. In other words, these dogs sound the alarm when a threat is nearby.
They have an intimidating appearance, so intruders will think twice before attacking. Because of this, these dogs have been used in warfare for centuries, since before the Middle Ages. These dogs are also used for hunting because of their great sense of smell and their strength.
Although many people believe the name “Pyrenean Mountain Dog” means that this dog originally came from the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain, it doesn’t. Instead, this name was given to them when they were being developed, along with “Mastiff”, which doesn’t really describe their temperament either. Now, the most accepted name for them is actually “Great Pyrenees” or “Mountain Dog”.
These dogs are considered to be a national treasure in France and are even on their coat of arms! They also have been used by local people as a guardian of their homes and farms for centuries. Because of this, the French government made it illegal to take these dogs out of France without special permits.
The Great Pyrenees is a large sized breed that can weigh up to 150 pounds and stand up to 27 inches tall. These dogs have powerful body’s with thick fur and a strong build. They have strong heads with black noses. They have dark eyes that can be small or large and ears that are pointed.
Their tails are thick like a saber. Their necks are slightly curved and their backs are slightly arched. Their front legs are strong and straight while their hind legs are strong and muscular. They have thick fur that is rough to the touch and come in solid white, black, or brindled (black and white patches).
To learn more about this dog’s traits, take a look at our articles Selecting the Right Breed for You and Your Family and Dog Owner’s Guide . These should help you figure out what type of dog you would like to own and best suits your needs.
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