Pyrenees Mountain Dog

Description:
This dog is as majestic as the mountains that gave it its name. This dog stands out because of its beauty, size and elegance. Its majestic demeanor, great disposition and beautiful coat are what distinguish this dog. Males are anywhere from sixty eight to eighty one centimeters in height and females between sixty-three and seventy four centimeters. The weight goes according to the height and varies between forty-two and fifty kilograms. This dog's head has a wedge shape and the crown is slightly rounded, it is perfectly proportionate with the dog though and should not look heavy. The muzzle should flow softly towards the head, the stop should not be very obvious and it should have some slight wrinkles between the eyes. The eyes of this dog should look small and should look v shaped. It has a pretty short neck with just a little bit of dewlap. The back should look straight and the chest moderately wide. The tail reaches down to the hocks and should be well covered in hair. The shoulders should be well-inclined back, elbows well closed and the front legs should look straight, the hind legs should be well angled. This dog has a double coat: the outer coat is straight and feels rough to the touch and can even be slightly wavy. The under coat should be thick and woolly. The neck should have a collar of hair on it and longer hair on the shoulders; it should also have "pants" of hair on its legs. The coat should not be curly or stick up. The color of this dog is white or white with grey spots, pale yellow or pale orange, or reddish brown.

Ideal owner:
The Pyrenees Mountain is very sure of itself as a dog; it is also an excellent guard dog. However, these dogs this dog no longer has the wolf hunting temperament they used to. It will actually rub its nose up against an intruder than bite him or her. This dog needs to be taught to be calm and socialize with people. One thing some owners complain about with this breed is that it tends to wonder off, and the other problem is the amount it sheds. With the children this dog can be very charming, but it could accidentally step on the smaller ones so keep this in check. Despite its large size, it adapts well even to smaller homes and does not require as much exercise as other bigger mountain dogs do.

Growth:
At birth Pyrenees puppies weigh nothing less than 500 to 625 grams. It is born completely white, however some are born with tile colored spots that will be noticeable since they minute they are born. It is also born with pink colored lips, nose and eyebrows, which should have darkened by the age of eight weeks. Puppies grow very quickly and at eight week females should weigh around six and seven kilograms and the males around eight to nine kilograms. Full height is usually reached at eighteen months but it might still grow two or three more centimeters after that. Despite the fact that it grows very quickly physically, it takes it a little longer to reach full maturity, which usually happens at three years of age of more. If you are interested in getting one of these dogs make sure to pick one whose parents have not had hip dysphasia and to ask the breeder to prove this to you through certificates. Also make sure to pick one out that has a very confident and vivacious personality; a certain amount of independence is common in this breed. Puppies tend to eat too much at times and it will be necessary for the owner to avoid this from happening. The first shedding will occur anywhere from the age of six months to twelve months, this mostly depends on the weather though. Shedding might also occur in an uneven way and it might make the dog look kind of shabby but don't fret, this ends with no time. Normally the tile colored spots disappears with age, except those that have grey colored spots that remain dark their whole lives.

General health:
One thing to consider before acquiring this beautiful dog is its big size and the abundant amount of hair it has. The required amount of care its coat needs and diet is considerable. However it is a very healthy and strong dog. It is very resistant to diseases and can live up to fifteen years or more. The biggest problems that affect this breed are bone and articulation problems, including hip dysphasia, joint dislocation, excessive ossification of the large bones, and fragile bones. There are also cases of some being born with blue eyes. On a lower degree split lips, deafness, and Cryptorchidism has also been seen. The future owner will need to study up on the breed and follow a diet prescribed by the breeder or veterinarian especially during the first years of its life. Avoid having it do too much strenuous exercise.

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