Majestic, mountaineer and white as snow; the Pyrenean Mountain is a romantic European statue. It is as good natured as pretty, graced with kindness, strength and nobility. Majestic as the mountains that named it, the Pyrenean Mountain stands out in size, beauty and elegance. Its majestic stance, good nature and glorious white coat mark its distinction. The male stands between 68 and 81 cm to the withers, the female between 63 and 74 cm. The weigh is according to the height, between 42 and 50 kg. According to the FCI will be between 70 to 80 cm in males and from 65 to 72 cm in females, with a maximum weight of 60 kg and 45 kg respectively. The head, wedge shaped with a slightly rounded crown, is perfectly proportionate to the dog, and should not be heavy. The muzzle flows softly toward the skull; smooth cheekbones; not apparent stop; slightly wrinkled between the eyes. The eyes small, the ears, small, rounded at the tip and in “V” shape. The neck is quite short with a minimum of dewlap; the back straight; the chest moderately wide. The tail reaches the hock, and is well provided with hair. The shoulders are well sloped backwards, the elbows closed; straight forelegs; well angled hinds. The coat is double: the external hair is rough and straight, or slightly wavy, over a thick and woolly undercoat; collar at the neck and longer hair at the shoulders, and pants at the limbs. The coat should not be curly or standing. The white color is solid, or white with gray spots, pale yellow or orange and in the US, reddish brown or tan (the spots should not be over a third of the body).
A robust silhouette on a mountain peak, barking with resonance and confident, the Pyrenean Mountain is an excellent guardian. However, the Mountain of our days lacks the “wolf hunter” temperament, and will most likely rub its nose against an intruder than bite it. It should be calm and socialize with people. A complaint could be its tendency to wander, as well as its shedding. With children it knows it is very mellow, but can accidentally step on the smallest. It can be aggressive to other dogs, but accepts cats and other domestic animals perfectly. Despite its large size, it adapts well to small homes and doesn’t need as much exercise as other mountain sized dogs.
Scarcely seen in European circuits, dogs with badger colored spots and wolf grey at the head (and body) are admitted and are typical but not desirable.
Fortunately the Pyrenean Mountain has little character problems. Most specimens are gentle and adapt to different lifestyles. Observe the mother’s character when choosing your puppy.
The puppy weighs 500 to 625 g at birth. It is born completely white, except the ones with badger colored spots, which are apparent from the beginning. It is born with pink nose, lips and eyelids, which should have darkened after eight weeks. The puppy grows quickly and after eighth week the female weighs between 6 and 7 kg, and the male between 8 and 9. The maximum height is reached after 18 months, although it can still grow 2 or 3 cm more. Despite its quick growth, it is a slow development breed, and doesn’t reach maturity until after three or more years. The buyer should choose a puppy from parents declared dysplasia free. The puppy should be confident, extroverted and docile; a certain degree of independence is typical in the breed. The puppy tends to eat too much, for which the owner should control it – it will reach its size in due time -. The hair shedding to adult can come at any moment between the sixth and twelfth month, and for that, the weather has a lot of influence. The shedding can be uneven, and the dog can have a disheveled appearance temporarily. By rule the badger colored spots fade with age, except for the wolf colored spots, which remain dark its entire life.
Light badger spots at the puppy’s head usually turn lighter with age, The Pyrenean Mountain’s coat is extraordinary, as well as shedding. Although it is a breed that can live outdoors, it needs human company.
Unquestionably the large size and abundant hair in the breed should be considered. However, it is a strong health breed. It is very resistant to diseases and can often live 15 or more years. The largest problems that affect the breed are related to bones and joints, including hip dysplasia, kneecap luxation, achondroplasia (excessive long bone ossification) and bone frailty. Blue eye cases are reported. In less degree, cases of mono and cryptorchidism, deafness and cleft palate. It is recommended to study the different lines thoroughly and follow a diet prescribed by the breeder, especially during the first years. High impact exercise should be avoided.