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Great Pyrenees Adults and Full Time Residents of Golden Pond Farms
KHALEESI Breeding Female Weight: 93 lbs D/O/B: 7/2/16 OFA Hips: Good OFA Elbows: Normal Temperament: Khaleesi is a super sweet but feisty girl. She is a wonderful guardian and mother. Her best friend is Brienne and they guard the entire property together.
BRIENNE OF TARTH Breeding Female Bred at GPF - Mother: Maddie / Father: Luke Weight: 130 lbs D/O/B: 11/13/16 OFA Hips: Good OFA Elbows: Normal Temperament: Brienne is my BIG beasty girl. She is not one that is comfortable with strangers and will keep her distance. To the ones she knows and loves, she is sweet, calm and loyal but our tough girl. Her best friend is Khaleesi and they guard the whole farm together.
MYSTIQUE Breeding Female Father: Luke Weight: 79 lbs D/O/B: 3/28/21 OFA Hips: Good OFA Elbows: Normal Temperament: Mystique is a gentle, sweet and loving girl. She loves to give hugs and demands lots of love and attention. She has yet to learn to climb the gates but can get under any gate / fence to get where she needs to be to patrol and protect.
LAURIE Breeding Female Bred at GPF - Mother: Khaleesi / Father: Jon Snow Weight: 90 lbs D/O/B: 4/19/21 OFA Hips: Good OFA Elbows: Normal Temperament: Laurie is the offspring to Khaleesi and Jon Snow. She is very playful and loves to go out with the younger puppies for playtime. She loves to give hugs and is always perky.
ALEX Spayed Female Bred at GPF - Mother: Breezy / Father: Kuma Weight: 95 lbs D/O/B: 1/3/18 Temperament: Alex is the offspring to our late Breezy and Kuma. She is the best jumper / climber that I have already had. She stays on the pasture the majority of the day patrolling and looking after the livestock. She loves to give hugs.
PEACHES Bred at GPF - Mother: Khaleesi / Father: Jon Snow Weight: 90 lbs D/O/B: 3/3/23 OFA Hips: TBD OFA Elbows: TBD Temperament: Peaches is still a young puppy but a wonderful girl! She was originally for sale but after time and training we were too in love to let her go. She is the offspring of Brienne and Jon Snow, which are both amazing working dogs. She has great potential to be as amazing as her parents at Golden Pond Farms.
JON SNOW Breeding Male Mother: Breezy / Father: Kuma Weight: 96 lbs D/O/B: 4/16/17 OFA Hips: Fair OFA Elbows: Normal Temperament: Jon Snow is the offspring of our late Breezy and Kuma. He is one of the sweetest males that I have ever had on the farm. Most males get lazy after the age of 2 but not Jon. He has always been a great protector with a lot of personality.
GHOST Breeding Male Bred at GPF: Mother: Aurora / Father: Storm Weight: 95 lbs D/O/B: 1/5/17 OFA Hips: Good OFA Elbows: Normal Temperament: Ghost is the offspring of our late Aurora and Storm. Aurora was my house dog and Storm was an amazing dog! Ghost had been previously sold but the owners could no longer take care of him and felt that he needed a farm to roam. We were thrilled to get him back and a piece of Aurora and Storm back. He has been doing a great job on the farm and gives #1 hugs
Most Commonly Asked Great Pyrenees Questions:
Yes, yes and yes! Outdoor pyrenees shed in the spring and again in the Fall (a little lighter than in the spring), but an indoor pyr will shed lightly throughout the year. Shaving is not advised because that is how they naturally protect themselves from the heat and the cold, but they must be brushed regularly in order to keep from matting and being forced to shave. If they are shaved too close they can sun burn, but if you must shave do not go any shorter than an inch. Their coat will be much prettier and silkier if they are never shaved. You can shave their bellies all the way to the skin to help them stay cooler and not risk being sun burnt. I highly recommend brushing your house dog twice a week to help keep their coat from matting and thiswill help (not cure!) their shedding. It is very important to part the hair and brush the undercoat, not just the top coat in order to fully help them from matting. Pyrs have self cleaning hair that dirt will just fall off of if taken care of properly. If brushed regularly, they do not even need to be bathed often. They are not a smelly dog which is very nice!
No these are called double dewclaws and they are a trait of a Great Pyrenees. The Pyrenees are working dogs that are indigenous to the Pyrenees Mountains in between Spain and France and their dewclaws give them stability in the rough terrain. It is also thought that the double dewclaws act as snow shoes for them. All nails including the dewclaws need to be trimmed regularly or the dewclaws can grow in a circular fashion and grow into the pad.
Some of them do if they have loose flews (or lips) and can be common when drinking water, or when they are hot or nervous (even my non droolers will have a pool around them at the vet clinic).
On average they can live about the same as any large breed dog about 10-12 years.
Males on average weigh 100 - 120 lbs and females weigh 85 to 100 lbs. Of course their weight has so many determining factors such as if they have been neutered / spayed, lifestyle (are they really active and always running outdoors or are they lazy house dogs that go on an occassional walk) and their eating habits. I have had males and females alike reach 150 - 160 lbs. This can be bad on their joints if they do not reach this weight naturally. Large breed dogs must have lots of excercise if kept as a house pet. Please give them a lot of outdoor playtime or you will need to take them on lots of walks.
I always hate getting this one! Yes it is a joke among many pyr lovers that they are stubborn, but they are so smart and if trained properly very easy to train. Pyrs were bred to be working herd protection dogs and were entrusted to solely watch the herds in the mountains. This means that it is strong in their instincts to think for themselves and protect at all cost. If they hear something or sense danger for their herd (or family if a house pet) it is very difficult to break their concentration. These traits have given the pyr a reputation of being stuborn and being selective, but they really aim to please and are a very sensitive breed. If you start training them as a puppy before the bad habits set in, you will be amazed what all they can do. Bad habits are extremely hard to break though so be mindful when they are young. My favorite was a customer that had trained her two boys to sit before they would be shown any attention. These two giants would come running across the pasture and quickly sit at your feet to be petted. Try training them early on not to jump up, even though it's cute when they are a 50 lb. puppy, one day they might be a 120 lb. dog that you do not want jumping on you.
Yes, it is 100% in their nature to get along with other animals as long as they are raised with these animals and introduced properly. These gentle giants will get along with almost anything as long as they are raised properly. I have had pyrs sleep with roosters, bunnies, wrestle with donkeys, nurse goats, clean cats and put up with a lot from other breeds of dogs. However, if it does not belong in the fence it will not be "in" the fence anymore. This goes from coyotes, stray dogs, stray cats, a peacock that they did know existed at the front of your property that flew to their pastureon the back of your property (I speak from experience). The sooner you can get your puppy with other animals the better. We recommend at 3 months once all of their vaccinations have been given. Please do not put a puppy that has not been given their 12 week vaccinations fully in the pasture where they may be susceptible to disease. You can bring them in the house just until they are 3 months but then it is very important to get them out of the house and in with the animals ASAP. If you do not wish to bring them in the house and you do not have appropriate housing in a barn or stalls you can put them in a garage or basement until fully vaccinated. After 3 months get your pup out with the other animals to stay as long as they cannot hurt the other animals but I would only put them in at first while you supervise to make sure your animals are safe and can get away if needed. You also have to make sure your puppy is safe as well. We had a mother goat break a puppies leg once because he was too close to her babies. I like to start my puppies in training with the young goats that have pleanty of high places to escape from the puppy if needed. Once the puppy gets big enough to follow the kids to any location I will move them with the adult goats and llamas until they have learned to jump the gates.
Yes many can and mine are encouraged to climb in order to do their jobs fully. As shown in the pictures above, we have special gates that make climbing a gate easier so they may go from pasture to pasture to protect. That is the best thing of having a pyr as a guardian protector. Llamas and donkeys are great but they can only protect the area that they are in, but the pyrs can protect all of your property. All of my working pyrs pick a different area at night to post up and if any one dog hears something they will call out and all of the others will come flying. Of course I do not want my house dog knowing that he can climb so I have a tall privacy fence that is not made to climb. Some can be more difficult to keep confined to your back yard because it is in their nature to roam so make sure your yard is very secure before you decide to buy a pyr. Once they learn they can it is much more difficult to keep them in. Females in heat have a greater need to want to roam. If you are not planning on breeding your female I highly recommend having her spayed. If you are not going to spay her please keep a special watch on her while she is in heat and I would mark on the calendar every time she is in heat to give you a better idea to keep up with when she will go into heat again. They will go into heat every 6 months.
Not nearly as much as you would think! Yes as puppies they do eat a lot, but after they have matured their metabolism slows down a lot and they do not eat a large amount. An active breed will eat much, much more. A large bag of dog food will last about 4-5 weeks.
Either a male or a female will make a great working or house dog and I really just can't say enough great things about either one! However, if I could only have one as a working dog I would have a female. I recommend having both over just one and I never recommend only having one working pyr on a farm. One pyr can protect your livestock from predators but if they have to defend against a pack of coyotes, that could be a different story. We lost one of our female pyrs a long time ago because the other pyrs had accidentally been locked in the barn and she couldn't fight off the pack by herself. We now have 8 working pyrs and squirrels will even think twice about coming on our property.
Back to the original question...Females are more active and will patrol more, they will also act as midwives and clean off newborn kids, lambs and llamas (no donkeys or they will get kicked by the momma donkey). They will make sure all airways are cleaned out and will get the blood circulating by rolling the babies if necessary. They will also clean up all after birth and mess from the newborn. This will probably gross you out the first time, but this goes back to their instincts to protect the herd and keep predators from catching the scent. A male could also do this but my females have always been the first on the scene and a male has never been given the chance. Females are also more aggressive working dogs but can also be on the needier side when it comes to wanting attention. Males are the muscle and like to be called into action when needed and otherwise not bothered. Some will patrol more than others but on average they will be taking a nap until they are needed. Whether a working dog or a house dog, the males are on average calmer, lazier and are happy with a gentle rub and little attention while the females are fighting over each other to get all of your attention. As a working dog they really do make the dream team to have both a male and a female, the brains and the muscle!! For a house pet it really just depends on what you are looking for. If you are wanting a more playful and active dog I would get a female, and if you are wanting more of a relaxed cuddle buddy I would think about a male. Of course there are exceptions to ever rule but this has been my experience with both genders.
As a puppy, yes some can be but not all. They each have different personalities and some can be more playful and destructive and some aren't. As an adult...NO! Yes the puppy phase can be a rough experience for some and if bored many puppies will turn to destruction. We have lost many water hoses on the farm and I have lost many shoes at home with my pyr house dogs too! Keep lots of toys for them to play with and start them off from the beginning with nice big hard to tear apart toys. The minute you start with nice plush toys that tear apart in two seconds they never want to go back to the kong or tire toys. On the bright side they will teach you to pick up after yourself a little bit better!
YES! They are the absolute best dogs that I have ever had with kids (as you might be able to tell looking at the picture at the top of my 1 1/2 years old daughter swimming through a sea of pyrs). They are extremely patient with children and will look after them as their own herd. Sometimes they don't know their own strength and do not realize how much their paw weighs so try to train them early on not to jump up and paw at you or your children.
Yes. Pyrenees are an ancient breed and were used as working dogs all over the globe. Their hair has a double coat that magically protects them for the heat and the cold and the wet. This doesn't mean they won't get hot but they will find ways to cool down. Sometimes that means digging a big hole in your backyard to let the red clay cool them off or finding a shady shelter under a deck, trailer, dog house...etc. You will see a big difference in their personalities in the colder months.
I do not bring my working dogs inside the house after 3 months old or take them off your property unless necessary to go to the vet and so forth. In my experience, doing so can mess with the mentality of a working dog and cause them to lose focus and not protect your animals the way they are supposed to. I am not a breeder that believes in NOT socializing your working pyr, but I do believe there is a line that you need to be careful not to cross. Even though they become our family it is important to remember that they have a job to do and you do not want to interfere with that. With that being said, my farm has been built with this in mind. I always have many working dogs on my property and areas dedicated to raising pups to learn to be future guardians. We have 25+ years experience in raising puppies to be guardians and our system works for us. Nothing is one size fits all but I can only train from my own experience. I personally have never had a dog fail and each and every one has had a special bond with us, even though they were not raised in the house.
Yes many of them do. Again this is in their instincts of being a working dog and protecting the herd. Barking warns the others that there is something to pay attention to and warns the predator that they know they are there. For the working dog this is the best defense and keeps the predators from even coming on your property, but for the house dog it can drive your neighbors crazy!
1. Do they shed?
2. What are those things on their back feet? Are they deformed?
3. Do they drool?
4. What is their life span?
5. How big do they get?
6. Aren't they impossible to train?
7. Will they get along with other animals dogs, cats, chickens...etc.?
8. They can climb?
9. How much do they eat?
10. Should we get a male or a female for a working dog, or a house dog?
11. Are they destructive?
12. Do they make good family dogs?
13. Can they handle Georgia summers or other warm climates?
14. Can I bring my working dog inside sometimes or take them out for fun?
15. Do they bark a lot?
GREAT PYRENEES HISTORY:
The great pyrenees originally came from Central Asia or Siberia between 1800-1000 bc between France and Spain, of south-western Europe. These magnificent dogs were used as guardians of the flock. They were a valuable companion to the shepherds. AKC recognized the first pair brought to the U.S., which was a gift from General Lafayette to J.S. Skinner in 1842.
The Pyrs are territorial and livestock guardian dogs. They are considered "working dogs". If they are put into a farm environment, no training to protect other animals or livestock is necessary, however, they do guard by their instincts. They are very intelligent dogs, and can be very independent, although, when it come to socializing with people, they are just big teddy bears.
They are very loving and love attention from people. Do not consider a pyr for a security protection dog. They do however make wonderful pets and companions and have such a great personality. More are sold for family pets than for livestock protectors, but their size is very intimidating. They have become a very popular breed because of their size and their "regal" appearance. Saying that they are intelligent is an understatement they are simply an amazing breed. Nicknamed "gentle giants" their long list of character traits is phenomenal.