Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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Great Pyrenees Puppies

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Anna Olson
Aug 9 ·

If you love big dogs, you’ve probably seen pictures of Great Pyrenees puppies. You may have fallen in love with their soft, white fur and teddy bear faces. If you’re considering getting one of these gentle pups, you’ll definitely want to do your research first. Like all breeds, Great Pyrenees have their own unique needs. You’ll want to make sure a Pyr is the right fit for you and your family.

We’ve compiled all there is to know about Great Pyrenees puppies in our complete guide. Read on to see if a Pyr is right for you!

Where To Get Great Pyrenees Puppies

Although there are quite a few Great Pyrenees rescue organizations throughout the U.S. and the world, they’re not likely to have puppies. Most rescue organizations are devoted to finding new forever homes for grown-up dogs. Great Pyrenees puppies are also unlikely to show up in animal shelters because of their high cost. If you’re committed to adding a puppy into your family, you’ll want to stick with a breeder. Vbanks…

Backyard Breeders And Why You Should Avoid Them

In your research, you may have come across ads on sites like Craigslist for low-cost Great Pyrenees puppies. Unfortunately, these ads are usually from unethical backyard breeders or puppy mills. Backyard breeders are not as devoted to the health of the breed, and often keep their breeding dogs and puppies in unsafe and unhealthy conditions. While you may want to rescue the puppies from this situation, it’s best not to give your financial support to an unethical breeder. If the breeder wants to meet you in a neutral location, rather than letting you visit their home, this is a sign that they’re not ethical. Be especially wary of breeders who can’t answer your questions and don’t have complete records for the puppies. If the cost of a puppy seems too good to be true, it probably is. It’s best to do your research before committing to a breeder. Future Hope…

Ethical Breeders

An ethical Great Pyrenees breeder is devoted to the health of their puppies, the health of their breeding pairs, and the stability of the pedigree bloodline. When checking for a reputable breeder, these are all good signs:

  • Complete vet and vaccination records for the puppies and their parents
  • Transparency when answering questions
  • Invites you to see their home and meet the puppies and their parents
  • American Kennel Club registration
  • A contract for spay/neuter, when appropriate
  • A promise to take the puppy back if it doesn’t work out, not contributing to shelter populations

Cost

The cost of a Great Pyrenees puppy from an ethical breeder can be as high as $2500. Ultimately, this high cost is worth it. An ethical breeder incorporates the cost of breeding and raising newborn puppies into the overall cost of buying the puppy. The cost includes important bills like vet visits, any bills related to the puppies’ birth, and appropriate vaccinations. A high cost also means the puppy is of a high pedigree and is less likely to have health issues.

Appearance

Great Pyrenees have medium-length and fluffy white fur. While many are purely white all over, there are also Pyrs who have different-colored markings, usually on their face and around their tail. These can be a variety of colors, including gray, reddish brown, tan, and badger. They’re considered a large breed. A Great Pyrenees can grow up to 32 inches tall at the shoulder, and weigh well over 100 pounds! On average, they’ll live 10-12 years. Lydia…

Temperament

Originally, Great Pyrenees were bred as powerful herd guardians. Their size helped them easily take down wolves and other predators. While they retain some herding behavior, they’re known more now for their gentle, calm, and patient personalities. They make great family dogs, and show a lot of affection to the people they know. Like any dog, you should supervise them around children and other pets. Once they’re integrated into your family, don’t be surprised if they start herding and counting your kids regularly!

Great Pyrenees do need some exercise, like any dog. They have more average physical energy needs, so one to two walks a day, and a yard to run around in, should be sufficient. They’re both very intelligent and very independent dogs. Centuries of herding and protecting have made them very vigilant, and they tend to make intimidating watchdogs.

Training

Although Great Pyrenees have a well-earned reputation for being affectionate and loving, they are also very independent. Their high intelligence can make obedience training a bit difficult. They get easily bored by repeating tasks over and over. If they can tell a task is important to their owner, they’ll respond and comply, but very slowly. These tendencies have also given them a reputation for being sassy. Badger…

Standard obedience training may be a lot of work for a Pyrenees. When you first get your puppy, however, it will be worth it to sign them up for early socialization and puppy training classes. This helps them with manners, getting them used to the presence of other dogs and humans outside their family. Socialization is essential for any young dog.

Great Pyrenees Puppies’ Veterinary Needs

Puppies of all breeds need a series of shots every three weeks, starting when they’re eight weeks old. Depending on how old your puppy is when you pick them up from the breeder, they may have taken care of some of these vaccinations for you and incorporated the cost into buying your puppy. These vaccinations are extremely important, protecting them from potentially fatal diseases like parvo, distemper, rabies, and kennel cough.

Make sure to take your Great Pyrenees for a vet check-up and booster shots every year. Like all purebred dogs, Pyrs do have health issues related to the breed. They’re more susceptible to certain types of cancers, as well as eye disorders, luxating patellas, and, like a lot of large breeds, hip dysplasia. They can also develop bloat, a potentially fatal condition. It’s best to feed them multiple small meals throughout the day, and not to feed them too close to exercising.

Grooming

Great Pyrenees have a weather and tangle-resistant coat. This means they won’t need to be bathed as often as other breeds. If you notice your Pyr getting stinky, or they like to roll around in mud, this means it may be time for a bath.

Although their coat is tangle-resistant, you should still brush it once a week. Use a pin brush or a slicker brush. This will also help cut down on undercoat shedding. Great Pyrenees have a soft undercoat to protect them in cold weather. One thing you should expect from owning a Pyr is lots of long hair, shedding like snow.

Even though a Great Pyrenees has surprisingly low hair grooming needs, you should focus more frequently on their nails and teeth. Trim their nails frequently to prevent discomfort. Great Pyrenees have double dewclaws on their rear feet, which you should definitely pay attention to. Brush their teeth at least once a week with a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste.

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Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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