August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
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lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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Great Pyrenees Dog & Puppy Information
The Great Pyrenees averages 30” and despite his size, is a great “fit” for the family. He is a natural working dog with natural ears and tail, and a strong, well-knit body without exaggeration other than size. Pyrenees prefer cool weather but adapt to all situations.


Great Pyrenees Puppy & Breed Information


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Great Pyreneess evolved as a German Boar hound over 400 years ago.  Probably descended from the old English Mastiff, he is muscular and powerful but with the speed, agility and hunting ability of the Irish Wolfhound.  He is quiet and naturally well mannered but when he barks, the timbre of his voice is definitely Great Pyrenees!


Great Pyrenees Coat, Color, Care: His glistening white top coat and woolly undercoat requires occasional bathing and regular grooming, especially when shedding.  Size and denseness of coat may necessitate trips to the groomer.  Great Pyrenees are solid white or predominately so with gray, tan, or reddish brown markings.


Great Pyrenees Personality:  Gentle, confident and affectionate, the Pyr is territorial and can be protective of his family but his intelligent, quiet demeanor is patient and tolerant.  Pyrenees are strong willed and somewhat independent as his heritage suggests so he will need a firm hand and guidance as a puppy.


Exercise Requirements: He can move a huge flock of sheep over mountainous terrain but is otherwise not a self-exerciser.  A fenced yard will do but trotting by your bicycle will allow him to stretch his legs, get the blood flowing, and prevent nervous habits such as barking, chewing or licking.


Health Concerns: Health Concerns: Hip and elbow dysplasia and luxating patellas (knees) are common with large, fast growing breeds like Great Pyreneess but can be prevented or modified by diet and proper weight and exercise.  Eye problems (entropion, ectropion, PRA) and other disorders are considered hereditary and puppies should be from cleared parents.  Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects.  A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.

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Great Pyrenees AKC Standard
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