- Dogs suitable for experienced owners
- Extra training required
- Generally healthy breed
- Enjoys active walks
- Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
- Medium dog
- Some drool
- Requires grooming every other day
- Chatty and vocal dog
- Barks, alerts and may be physically protective/suspicious of visitors
- Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
- May need additional training to live with other pets
- May need additional supervision to live with children
- Needs a large garden
- Best suited to countryside
- Can be left occasionally with training
|Height:||40-48cm for males, and 38-46 for females|
|Colours:||Fawn, grey, blue merle, slate blue or brindle, black, or black and white|
|Kennel Club Groups:||Pastoral|
|Easy to train:||2/5|
|Tolerates being alone:||1/5|
|Likes other pets:||2/5|
The Pyrenean Sheepdog is an extremely quick witted, sharp minded and intelligent little dog. Built to endure harsh weather and steep, rough terrain, they also have the brains to control large numbers of potentially panicky and argumentative sheep who outweigh them by as much as 50kg. As such, while physically small, this is both physically and mentally a tough dog.
Loyal and responsive to their owners, they are suspicious of strangers and strongly motivated to watch for movement, herd and bark to alert to danger.
History and Origins
Country of Origin: France
This is one of Frances oldest breeds as the Pyrenean Sheepdog or Berger des Pyrenees dates back to the 19th Century. Used for herding and moving large flocks of sheep around the mountainous French Pyrenees, they came to the attention of rest of the world during the First World War, when they were used as nimble and swift messenger dogs by the French army.
They can still be found working as a sheepdog in rural France today, though more often they have found a home as companion dogs. The first breed standard was published in 1926 in France but the breed is still relatively new to the UK with the breed club not being formed until 1992. The breed still remains numerically small in the UK.
Did You Know?
There is another variety of Pyrenean Sheepdog, the Pyrenean Sheepdog (Smooth-faced) which has been known and recognised in France for the same length of time the Pyrenean Sheepdog has – these are due to be recognised by the UK Kennel Club in 2021.
In rural France this breed was traditionally subjected to ear-cropping. This has been illegal in the UK since around the 1820’s but was only out-lawed in France in 2010.