Pyrenean Mastiff

Other names: Mastín del Pirineo, Mâtin de Navarre, Mâtin de León, Pyrenean Mastiff

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The Pyrenean Mastiff is a large dog, with well-developed musculature, strong build, compact bone structure and harmonious proportions. The gait of the Pyrenean Mastiff – mainly the trot – is characterized by movements that are both powerful and elegant.



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Hair type Long
Origin Spain
Template Giant
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 60 kg to 80 kg From 70 cm to 80 cm
Male From 80 kg to 100 kg From 72 cm to 85 cm
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History of the breed

the   Pyrenean Mastiff   is originally from Spain . It is, in a way, the Spanish counterpart of the French Pyrenean Mountain Dog. Like the latter, he descends from ancient breeds of mastiffs and sheepdogs specializing in the protection of herds against predators and thieves. the Mâtin des Pyrénées has, in fact, been able to assert its valor and its power against wolves and bears . The breed saw its numbers drop considerably during and after the Second World War, but breeders worked to make it last by selecting around thirty subjects from which quality litters were born. The Spanish Pyrenean Mastiff Club was founded in 1977 by Rafael Malo Alcrudo, Daniel Llorens Guerrero and Jaime Graus Morales, and is affiliated with the Royal Canine Society of Spain.

The Pyrenean Mastiff breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on November 15, 1954. Its official FCI standard in force was published on May 26, 1982.

Photos of Pyrenean Mastiff

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Physical features

Its hair: long but not excessively (6 to 9 cm in length), especially on the shoulders, neck, under the belly, on the posterior surface of the limbs and on the tail where it forms a plume. Dense, thick and stiff, but non-woolly in texture.
Its color: predominantly white with a well-defined mask, possibly with marks distributed all over the body (the same color as the dress).
Its head: massive, robust, with a subconvex profile. The skull is as wide as it is long. The occipital crest is marked, the stop slightly accentuated (gently sloping), the black nose, large and wet, the muzzle of almost triangular shape seen from above, the powerful jaws and articulated in scissors.
His ears: drooping, triangular in shape, medium in size, set above the line of the eyes. Moving away from the muzzle and partly straightened when the dog is awake.
His eyes: almond shaped, dark hazel in color, small in size, displaying an alert expression, noble, full of intelligence and nobility, but harsher when the dog is facing an opponent.
Its body: powerful, imposing and writable in a rectangle, the length being greater than the height at the withers. The neck is broad, muscular and supple, the top line straight and horizontal, the withers well marked, the back strong and muscular, the loins long and wide, the croup solid and as high as the withers, the chest wide and muscular, the belly slightly raised.
Its tail: strong at its attachment which is moderately high, covered with abundant hair and forming a plume, carried low in the rest phase, raised like a saber when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Great Pyrenees dog is awake, attentive, courage and a boundless determination, which, combined with his intelligence and his natural distrust of strangers, making it an excellent guardian and defender. He will not hesitate to put his physical power and his bravery at the service of the protection of his master, his family and his property. At home, he is affectionate and calm . the   Mastiff of the Pyrenees gets along rather well with his congeners.

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the   Mastiff of the Pyrenees is educated quite easily if it is taken in hand from an early age. Unwanted behavior must be corrected early enough, otherwise it can make it difficult to manage in adulthood. Intelligent and seeking to please his master, he learns very well through rewards and encouragement . Conversely, brutality is totally counterproductive with this type of dog as with all the others.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Pyrenean Mastiff needs space and free air . A large fenced garden will suit him perfectly. He is not made to live in an apartment.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Pyrenean Mastiff is a sturdy and resilient dog , but due to his large size, the risks of hip dysplasia and stomach twisting / turning are not to be ruled out completely.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Gastric torsion
Minor concerns
Occasional concerns
Ear infection
Suggested tests

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Pyrenean Mastiff dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 11 years old

Maximum: 13 years

The life expectancy of a Pyrenean Mastiff is, on average, between 11 years and 13 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Pyrenean Mastiff experiences 2 moults per year during which hair loss can be impressive. S o maintenance must be carried out on a regular basis.

It is recommended to brush the dog twice a week and to systematically inspect its hair, skin, eyes, the inside of its ears and its pads after each outing. During the moults, brushing is to be carried out daily to remove dead hairs. Baths should only be occasional.

His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 1,200
1500 €

The purchase price of a Pyrenean Mastiff is between € 1,200 and € 1,500.

Annual maintenance cost

800 €
1000 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Pyrenean Mastiff is between 800 € and 1000 €.

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His diet must be balanced . This dog needs generous, but not excessive rations to keep his weight under control and not strain his joints. Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Pyrenean Mastiff’s need for exercise is moderate. It should not be subjected to sustained efforts in order to preserve its joints. A daily walk on an average distance is enough to satisfy him on this plan.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(KC) The Kennel Club
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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