Intelligent Regal, Kind, Majesty & On Duty
The Great Pyrenees was adopted as a French Court Dog in the 17th Century. Their intuition is unlike that of any other dog. They are calm, patient, strong-willed yet remarkably affectionate. The Great Pyrenees conveys the distinct impression of elegance and unsurpassed beauty combined with great overall size and majesty. They possess an intelligent regal and kind expression. Exhibiting a unique elegance of bearing and movement, their soundness and coordination show unmistakably the purpose for which they were bred, the strenuous work of guarding the flocks in all types of weather on the steep mountain slopes of the Pyrenees. While affectionate with their families, quiet and tolerant in general, if there is something to guard, they are on duty!
Rare Great Pyrenees coats can present in the average Pyrenees litters. Although the Pyrenees are known for their white coats the breed has had ‘unique’ coat varieties extending back to their early working breed ancestry. White coats are the most common, they can present with spotted skin while the majority of the coat remains white. However, the white coat is not the only legitimate Pyrenees coat color as the breed can have a variety of color combinations, patches, shading and bridling as shared below. The rarest of all is the black coat which can cover more than 1/3rd of the puppy’s coat. Black coated puppies are the single most rare of the bunch, numbers being in the lowest of 1 or 2 per litter if presented at all. The “Full Blaireau’ French, for “badger” are similar in rarity showing off the badger coloration or translation of this coloration seen covering the puppy coat. Additionally, Orange, orange shading and/or orange patching and Salt n’ Pepper coats hearken back to the days of the working breed lines with the orange being more common in the North American lines. These coat colors celebrate the rich working breeds of old, with intention to do what Great Pyrenees do best, protecting their flocks and herds alike.