The Great Pyrenees does not really need “training”. In our experience, there are two key requirements for a good working dog. First and foremost, is that the dog must come from working parents. This does not mean parents who came from “working lines” but parents who are actively engaged in protecting livestock. You want dogs that eat, sleep, and coincide with the livestock. It is normal for working dogs to spend daylight hours relaxing in driveways, around shops, or away from pastures but they always should be within a short distance of their stock. Please note, teaching a dog to become a guardian for poultry can be much more labor intensive. These dogs make great poultry and small game guardians but it requires more time investment on part of their owns and more supervision!
The second most important step is to bring your puppy home and settle them right in with their livestock. They must spend that critical bonding period with livestock, not the family. In time, they will bond with your family and children, but first and foremost must come the livestock. Food must be provided away from the stock. If the dog is forced to fight the stock (and yes, livestock will eat dog food!) for their feed and water, they will view the stock as predator not flock and will become aggressive towards them. Many breeders believe the most critical period in a working Pyrenees life is actually from birth to 16- 20 weeks. During that time period they must be taught their territory (away from the house and in the barns and pastures), and they must be allowed to bond with their stock. This does not mean give them no attention. The time that you are spending around them and with them is valuable for both you and your pup.
If you are following these simple steps you will have a wonderfully “trained” Pyrenees that is bonded to his flock and is at the gate wagging its tail ready to great you when time to be together each day. Trust your breeder to watch your pup’s temperament for your situation. Today you may select a pup based on his color, or size, but tomorrow you will be happiest if the breeder selected you a pup they thought best for your situation.
The Pyrenees can be all white or have wolf grey or badger markings. At least some puppies from the litter should be colored and it is very hard to tell which pups will turn all white and which will keep their masks and markings. Litters that are born all white are possibly severely line-bred and you should be very cautious moving forward.
It is a very simple Google search of “Great Pyrenees as a family pet” that will yield plentiful and glowing reports of Great White Pyrenees as family pets. The Pyrenees will love you, your children, and do an absolutely amazing job of protecting his herd, which may just be your family! The Pyrenees is a wonderful fit for families because they are calm and stoic. They do require exercise and a strong hand because they are definitely also a very stubborn breed.
Absolutely! Your Pyrenees will first bond with its flock, and second its family. If there is no flock, it will substitute its family. They are born protectors and will not allow any four legged, or two legged intruders into their territories.
They are tolerable but cautious with visitors. They should never be aggressive, but will be very watchful of new people. The Pyrenees has a remarkable memory and will recall people who have visited before and have been not deemed a threat.
A growing puppy will eat as much as any other puppy and as they get older, they have a surprising small appetite. A full-grown Pyrenees will eat 4 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
When it comes to guarding poultry it is a must to start off with a puppy. This is a little bit more challenging because the dog must be trained to consider the poultry his stock. However, with some effort and a good dog, he/she will become an excellent guardian for poultry.