The Pyrenean Shepherd is a French herding breed that is a tireless worker and lively family companion. The require minimal grooming but a lot of daily exercise.
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- Mischievous attitude, alert, suspicious, ready for action
- Interaction with people: affectionate with the members of his immediate family including children, but is distrustful of strangers
- Interaction with animals: once introduction properly to other pets he is companionable although his herding instinct may get the better of him and his bossy nature becomes apparent.
- Level of attention needed: tendency to become passionately attached to his owner to the complete exclusion of all others
- Training: easy to train; needs obedience training and socialization from puppyhood
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Backyard to run and play in
- At least an hour's run several times a week
- Good watch dog; can be vocal
- Adapt to apartment living but needs daily exercise to avoid behavior problems
- Thorough brushing every few weeks
- A long-haired pyr shep, whose coat is not brushed, may cord
- Remember to trim his double dewclaws on their back legs or these nails will grow very long and may cause injury