Pyrenean Shepherd

Other names: Long-haired Pyrenean Shepherd, Short-faced Pyrenean Shepherd, Labrit, Pyrenean Shepherd

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Small, giving an impression of liveliness and great intelligence, the Pyrenean Shepherd Dog is a constantly alert dog. There are two breeds under this name: the long-haired Pyrenean Shepherd, more common, and the short-faced Pyrenean Shepherd. If he can seem cold with strangers, he lets them come to him. His primary desire is to protect his master and his adoptive family. It is therefore perfect for a single human or a family with children. It is intended to be an excellent playmate for the little ones.



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Hair type Long
Origin France
Template Small
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 9 kg to 10 kg From 38 cm to 46 cm
Male From 9 kg to 10 kg From 40 cm to 48 cm
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History of the breed

Little was known about the Pyrenean Shepherd breed until around the beginning of the 20th century . His reputation then did not extend beyond the Pyrenean valleys, where he distinguished himself with shepherds for his robustness and intelligence.
He also distinguished himself as a liaison dog during World War I , with soldiers praising his intelligence, agility and reliability. During the 1920s, the first official Pyrenean Shepherd standard was established. It will be updated several times. The breed standard was established in May 2009 for the long-haired Pyrenean Shepherd and in April 2001 for the short-faced Pyrenean Shepherd.

Pyrenean Shepherd Pictures

Photo of Bambou, Pyrenean ShepherdPhoto of Heidi, Pyrenean ShepherdPhoto of Vic du lavoir des marais, Berger des PyreneesPhoto of Noisette, Pyrenean ShepherdPhoto of Dina, Pyrenean ShepherdPhoto of Voyou, Pyrenean Shepherd

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Physical features

His coat: woolly, smooth or slightly wavy in the long-haired Pyrenean Shepherd. Shorter and thinner for its short-faced cousin. It is always well supplied.
Its color: can be fawn, charcoal, more or less light gray, blue variegated with black, brindle or black.
Its head: triangular in shape, it is almost flat and has a slightly marked central groove. Rounded at the sides, it is almost equal in length and width. The stop is not very marked.
Its ears: triangular and pointed at their end, they are short and relatively wide at their base. They are also flat, drooping and quite mobile.
His eyes: dark brown in color, they are almost almond-shaped and particularly expressive.
His body: the frame is robust and the muscles lean. The withers stand out, the back long and solid and the croup short and sloping. The chest descends to the level of the elbow.
Its tail: tied down and ending in a hook, it can curl forward when the dog is excited. It is not particularly long, but quite extensive.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Pyrenean Shepherd Dog is intelligent , strong- willed , loyal and lively . Originally used as a working dog, it has also proven to be an excellent pet , especially with children. Its great adaptability is also one of its characteristics. His courage and vigilance make him, moreover, a very good watchdog . It is also a very good playmate for children. He knows how to take initiatives.

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The Pyrenean Shepherd must be channeled very early . He must also be socialized early in order to avoid possible behavioral problems vis-à-vis other animals. With a skilful mix of firmness and affection, the Pyrenean Shepherd puppy quickly learns to become a balanced adult. He barks often and his liveliness can sometimes tire. Thus, it is important to educate him from an early age, otherwise he will take bad habits.

Living conditions

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

The Pyrenean Shepherd is originally a rather country dog. However, he knows how to adapt to a city lifestyle if he can spend enough time with his master and take advantage of his daily outings and exercises. Properly educated, he can find happiness in any type of accommodation. Great sportsman , the Pyrenean Shepherd is more made for life outdoors. Thus, a house with a garden will be perfect for this canine, who can go back and forth at will.


Ease of gaining weight

A particularly resistant dog, the Pyrenean Shepherd rarely gets sick, as long as it benefits from a balanced diet and basic care. You have to be careful with what he eats, because the Pyrenean Shepherd can be very greedy and therefore suffer from problems related to excess weight . It is advisable to feed him in a healthy way and make him exercise.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 5 puppies

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

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 15 years

Maximum: 17 years

The life expectancy of a Pyrenean Shepherd Dog is, on average, between 15 years and 17 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

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

The Pyrenean Shepherd, even long-haired, has a fairly reasonable coat length. Its fur is therefore easy to maintain , but it must remain regular. The beauty of its coat is a prime criterion in this breed.

The maintenance and brushing of the Pyrenean Shepherd Dog should be done once a week . For the rest, it is advisable to regularly clean its ears to avoid any parasite.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 300
800 €

The purchase price of a Pyrenean Shepherd Dog is between € 300 and € 800.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 950
1050 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Pyrenean Shepherd is between 950 € and 1050 €.

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The Pyrenean Shepherd is a real glutton. However, food should not be given in large quantities. Indeed, it is satisfied with little and shows itself, suddenly, economical . High quality croquettes, 150 to 200 grams per day, are enough for him.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Pyrenean Shepherd Dog needs exercise as much to control his weight as to channel his energy. A good hour of walking and exercising each day is enough to satisfy his natural restlessness.


Classifications & Standards
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Group

Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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