Great Pyrenees


A long, white coat is probably the most defining characteristic of the Great Pyrenees. The breed has a massive body that is well devloped. Amid the light-colored coat are dark facial features. The chest, back legs, and crown of the head have the most profuse amount of fur. The ears are average in size and hang down to the mouth. The neck extends vaguely to its level back. The legs tend to be short. The front legs are straight. The back legs are only slightly angled.


The Great Pyrenees has a delicate appearance, but it can be a bit feisty. This trait is a result of it being bred as a guardian of livestock. Training the breed early to respect its owner is recommended so that the breed knows its place. Children and other family members are safe with this breed. It goes out of its way to protect its family. Loyalty is definitely not a problem with the Great Pyrenees. When it encounters people it does not know it will typically display less friendly behavior.

Height and Weight

Male height: 27-32 inchesMale weight: 100 pounds or moreFemale height: 25-29 inchesFemale weight: 85 pounds or more

Health Problems

The most common health problem experienced by the great Pyrenees is hip dysplasia. The breed’s skin is sensitive and may become irritated if the breed sweats too much, such as when it is in extreme warm temperatures.

Ideal Living Conditions

Cooler climates are the best living conditions for the Great Pyrenees. The breed does best in outdoor environments. Outdoor environments give the breed plenty of room to be active. The breed should not be left outdoors without an enclosed fence to prevent it from leaving the area.


The Great Pyrenees is a large breed that requires a significant amount of regular exercise. If the breed spends any amount of time indoors it requires even more exercise. A long walk is sufficient exercise for the breed. Outdoor types should be very active, but they still need some formal type of physical exercise daily.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy of the Great Pyrenees is 10 years.

Litter Size

Great Pyrenees tend to have 6-10 puppies.


Shedding season is the most significant grooming period for the Great Pyrenees because it sheds heavily during this time. The coat does not become matted, but it is a good idea to brush the coat more often during shedding season. Regular brushing is all that is necessary the other part of the year.


There are numerous thoughts on the origination of the Great Pyrenees.


Flock Guardian, Working


An all white coat is most common on the Great Pyrenees. Other acceptable colors for the breed’s coat include steel gray and light yellow. The breed may also have minimal light brown markings.