Pyrenean Shepherds are first and foremost an athletic, herding breed. They come in a smooth and rough faced variety, but both varieties compete in the breed ring together. They can be wonderful companions, when socialized extensively and provided with plenty of mental and physical exercise. Pyr Sheps were bred to herd sheep, and can be reactive and wary of new surroundings. However, a dog that has been appropriately and continuously exposed to a variety of situations, animals, people, and sounds can be an excellent traveling companion. A bored Pyr Shep will take it upon himself to find a job to keep busy, and it may not always be your idea of entertainment. They thrive when given mental stimulation such as learning tricks, or basic obedience. With the right partner Pyrenean Shepherds have successfully competed in agility, sheep herding, flyball, disc work, rally, obedience, tracking, and more. They truly are capable of excelling in any performance event. Pyr Sheps are incredibly devoted to their owners, and can be jealous when your attention is divided. They are very comical and quickly win over people with their expression.
Care and Maintenance
Pyrenean Shepherds have coarse coats that come in a variety of colors including, brindle, fawn, grey, black, and merle. Their coats are relatively easy to maintain when brushed regularly, and given a monthly bath. They shed very little in comparison to some other breeds, and do not have a natural odor or an oily coat. The rough-faced variety does require brushing maintenance, if you are looking to avoid the corquettes ,or cords, that the breed can develop on their hind and front legs. We find that a regularly scheduled bath and brush can help you easily avoid any unwanted corquettes. In addition, their nails and teeth require regular maintenance for overall health.