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History of the Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees History


According to the latest information available to us in Joseph P. Gentzel's new book, The Great Pyrenees From France With Love, (available only on e-bay) the Great Pyrenees developed into a unique breed in the isolation of the Great Pyrenees Mountains between approximately 3000 B.C. and 1000 B.C. Their ancestors came from the Middle East, through Europe and arrived in the Pyrenees Mountains with the first flocks of sheep around 3000 B.C. The earliest known ancestor of the Great Pyrenees is the Kurdish Flock Guard Dog which dates back to about 11,000 B.C. Other books tell differing stories of its origins but they all agree the Great Pyrenees is an ancient breed.

However the Great Pyrenees came to be with us, its modern history starts centuries ago in the Great Pyrenees Mountains of France and Spain where they were bred to survive winter storms, rough country and still protect their herds of sheep from bear and wolf attacks. They are white dogs because they worked with the shepherds to fend off these attacks and the shepherds could tell their white Pyrs from the predators at night. It is also possible that they were bred to be white because the white sheep accepted them more easily.

Great Pyrenees were first brought to the United States in 1824 by General Lafayette but remained an obscure breed in the US until the 20th century. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries in France, Great Pyrenees became popular and flourished but the breed suffered badly during WWI and WWII because of starvation, mayhem and neglect. It was saved and stabilized through great efforts by a combination of dedicated French, British and American breeders after WWII.

Pyrenees Personality

The Great Pyrenees disposition and intelligence endear them and recommend them to all who know them. For the Pyrenees are very discriminating, snobbish and aristocratic in their taste. They can readily distinguish between friend and foe. They protect whatever belongs to their home, but not in such a way as to plunge their master into lawsuits over bites and attacks! The Great Pyrenees gets along admirably with other breeds and is not a fighter. ... Neither are they roamers as a rule. They merely ... widen the circle a bit.

Perhaps no other breed is as ideally fitted for the role of a child's companion and protector as the Great Pyrenees. In the company of children he always seems happy whether enjoying a romp, a tussle, ... playing tug-of-war, or merely doing nothing. Ever conscience of his own strength, he seems more gentle than the smallest of lap dogs, yet, should danger appear in the form of a stranger, thief or trespasser his deep warning bark is usually enough to handle the situation. If not, his size, strength, and fury most certainly will.

Caring for A Great Pyrenees

A fenced yard is a must! Wherever you may live, it is unkind and unfair to any dog to give him the freedom to run about the neighborhood and risk encountering automobiles ... Any puppy is better off and happier, too, if kept in the house, and taken out with the family for his walks and pleasure. ... At all times, when out-of-doors and not accompanied by his owner, put him loose to roam about at will in an enclosed yard. ... It should be constructed by laying one narrow width of chicken mesh wire flat on the ground. Bury this piece of wire about two inches in the ground. Fasten the edge of it to the upright wire that you will stretch between posts to a recommended height of six feet. Make sure that the wires are well woven together so that the dog cannot push his way out between them. The purpose of the wire on the ground is to keep the dog from digging out.

Care of a "Pyr" Coat

In the summer, give your puppy a cool shady place to lie and be sure that his supply of fresh water is always available. ... And above all, don't clip him! In all probability he will shed out his woolly undercoat when the warm weather comes, and a bath at this time, followed by a good grooming, will take most of it out at once and reduce the shedding nuisance in the home. What he has left will serve as insulation to protect him in nature's way from the strong burning rays of the sun. If you try to help him by clipping him, you will only be exposing sensitive skin which is unused to exposure, and you will, in all probability, cause a very severe and serious case of sun-burn which will be most painful and can cause illness and even lead to death by way of a sun stroke!

Obedience Training

Great Pyrenees try so hard to please that they will never do anything to displease their master. They are naturally extremely intelligent, understanding, and sympathetic in their actions and sensitive to a great degree. A Pyrenees should always be handled with kindness, not force. They should never be allowed to get away with something which may be wrong or develop into an undesirable or dangerous habit later on, for they are often very willful and a dog's memory seldom forgets. In this respect, obedience school training is recommended for both the dog and owner. It makes for a better understanding between the two and every house pet should know and obey the commands to sit, lie down, and to come when called.

Years of Happiness!

Common sense and compassion with your Great Pyrenees will ensure many long years of companionship and a bond unmatched by other breeds. The old saying goes.....Great Dogs, Great Hearts, Great Pyrenees!

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