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The Saint Pyrenees needs room to be able to move around so needs a house rather than an apartment and a yard too. She needs an owner who is happy to be active with her so that she gets enough physical activity. Early socialization and training are key for her too.
|Here is the Saint Pyrenees at a Glance|
|Average height||25 to 32 inches|
|Average weight||120 – 180 pounds|
|Coat type||Medium to long, straight/fuzzy|
|Grooming Needs||Moderate to high|
|Shedding||Moderate to high|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Moderate to good|
|Tolerance to Heat||Moderate|
|Tolerance to Cold||Excellent|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with Children?||Good to very good with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Good with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Moderate to high|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||No, too large|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Moderate – best with an owner who has experience|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Above average.|
|Major Health Concerns||Eye problems, epilepsy, heart problems, bloat, patellar luxation, Addisons, anesthesia sensitivity,|
|Other Health Concerns||Joint dysplasia, allergies, bone care,|
|Life Span||8 to 12 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$350 to $700|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$485 to $600|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$900 to $1000|
Where does the Saint Pyrenees come from?
The Saint Pyrenees is known as a designer dog. Designer dogs are a popular trend at the moment and have been increasingly so for the last two or three decades. Where she was first bred is not known. Many designer dogs originate in America though. While there are some trustworthy breeders, a lot of these designer dogs are created with no care by puppy mills and other such reprehensible breeders. Make sure you do your homework if you are set on getting a Saint Pyrenees or any designer dog. To understand possible combinations of looks and characteristics the Saint Pyrenees might get lets take a look at the parents.
The Saint Bernard
The Saint Bernard is a Swiss dog and it is thought they are a result of crossing native Alp dogs with Mastiffs the Romans brought with them. He gets his name from an alpine pass in the Alps called The Saint Bernard Pass which is dangerous to cross. Because of the danger a hospice was built there to help travelers and the dogs were used to guard the grounds. They were also used to guard the monks when they went out to locate travelers who needed help. Their location and job led the breed to being able to withstand harsh weather conditions and able to carry out search and rescue. Despite over 300 years of rescuing people they did not have an official name until 1880.
Today he is a friendly dog, steady in temperament and kind. They do love to get attention but will not be as demanding for it as some breeds are. He is kind and good with children despite his size. He does have a stubborn streak and early socialization and training can help iron that out.
The Great Pyrenees
The Great Pyrenees was bred to guard sheep in the Pyrenees Mountains after which he is named. While we call him the Great Pyrenees in Canada and the US, in Europe and the UK he is known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog. It is thought he is as old as ten to eleven thousand years where his ancestors from Asia Minor came to the mountains around 3000BC. The Great Pyrenees worked with shepherds and peasants and was thought of as a peasant dog. However in the late 17th century he was declared a royal dog of France which made him more popular among the nobility who used him as guard dogs. He stayed popular in England, the states and Europe through the 1800s and was part of the efforts to save the St Bernard breed.
Today he is an admired dog with a gentle and calm temperament. He is devoted and brave and a very good friend. He is often used successfully as a therapy dog. Early socialization and training are important for him. He is a serious dog and can be independent which means sometimes he has a stubborn streak.
The Saint Pyrenees is a dog who loves going on trips, in the car, or to the dog park, as long as she is with family she is happy. She gets on well with other animals and children too. She loves to play but she also has a lazy side and is happy to relax with you at the end of the day, or the middle of it! She is suspicious of strangers and can be somewhat sensitive. She is affectionate to her family and friendly once she has accepted you. She is smart and can be left alone for a time without becoming too upset.
What does the Saint Pyrenees look like
She is a giant dog weighing 120 to 180 pounds and standing 25 to 32 inches tall. She has a coat that can be straight or fuzzy and is medium to long in length. Colors can be gray, white, brown, red, tan and there can be patches or markings. She has a medium length muzzle and a wide skull with flappy ears. Her eyes are almond shaped.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Saint Pyrenees need to be?
This dog is large and she likes to be active. She needs a certain amount of physical exercise each day to keep her behaved, healthy and happy. A couple of walks a day plus some play time is the minimum she needs. She would also do well getting time at a dog park and having a yard to play in. Ideally she needs owners who are happy to be fairly active with her.
Does she train quickly?
She is a giant dog so early training and socialization is very important to ensure you can control her when it is needed, and that she reacts appropriately to different people and situations. She is moderately easy to train as long as you can establish yourself as the dominant leader. Be firm and consistent, positive and confident.
Living with a Saint Pyrenees
How much grooming is needed?
She has moderate to high grooming needs as she sheds a moderate to high amount so will need regular brushing to keep up with loose hair, and you will need to vacuum and clean up hair around the house. Bathe her just when she needs it, you could do a dry shampoo and then for a wet clean take her to use a bathing station at a groomers if you do not have the room at home. Use a dog shampoo only so that you do not damage the natural oils in her skin. Her ears should be checked and wiped clean once a week using an ear cleaning solution for dogs and cotton balls. Brush her teeth too at least three times a week. Her nails will need to be clipped when they get too long, as there are vessels and nerves in them you may want to leave it to a groomer if you do not have experience.
What is she like with children and other animals?
The Saint Pyrenees needs early socialization to help her get along better with children, other dogs and animals. With children she is playful and affectionate and can also be protective. With other dogs and small pets she can be aggressive without the socialization. Teach the children how to play with her and touch her safely. Supervise younger children just because her size means she can accidentally knock them over.
She barks occasionally and will bark to alert you to an intruder so is a good watchdog. She is not good in warm or hot weather and does a lot better in cooler or cold climates. She needs to be fed at least 4 1/2 to 6 cups of high quality dry dog food a day, split into a minimum of two meals.
There is always the chance any offspring can inherit the parent’s health issues and for this dog that means she is more at risk of the following Eye problems, epilepsy, heart problems, bloat, patellar luxation, Addisons, anesthesia sensitivity, Joint dysplasia, allergies and bone care. To lower the risk ask to see parental health clearances and visit the puppy at the breeders to see how the animals are cared for and their general well-being.
Costs involved in owning a Saint Pyrenees
A Saint Pyrenees puppy can cost between $350 to $700. She will need micro chipping, blood tests, shots, deworming, crate, collar and leash and eventually spaying. This comes to between $450 to $500. Annual medical costs for basics like check ups, flea prevention, vaccinations and pet insurance come to between $485 to $600. Annual non-medical basics like food, toys, treats, license, training and grooming come to between $900 to $1000.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
- Where does the Saint Pyrenees come from?
- What does the Saint Pyrenees look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Saint Pyrenees
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Saint Pyrenees