We always love getting emails from our customers & readers asking us to feature their dog or favorite breed for our Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed blog series every Thursday. As always we are honored to oblige. We are excited to spotlight the Great Pyrenees and honor Maxwell.

The Handsome Great Pyrenees...Maxwell

Kind Barking’s from a Great Pyrenees Pet Owner:

Maxwell is a 3 year old, 140 pound Great Pyrenees, he drools, he sheds, he barks often and loudly… but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Maxwell greets each person he meets with a sniff and a tail wag. Hee puts a smile on the faces of everyone he encounters. I once read a quote, I don’t know who it is from.. “I have found it true that the Great Pyrenees does nothing in a hurry… especially when it comes to listening to my commands”.. this couldn’t be more true. There is a running joke on the Great Pyrenees forum I belong to… “If it barks like a Pyr, walks like a Pyr and most of all doesn’t listen to you like a Pyr, then It’s a Pyr!”

~Leah and Maxwell

Height: Male 27-32 inches, Female 25-29 inches

Weight: Male 100, Female 85 lbs

Coat: The weather resistant double coat consists of a long, flat, thick, outer coat of coarse hair, straight or slightly undulating, and lying over a dense, fine, woolly undercoat. The coat is more profuse about the neck and shoulders where it forms a ruff or mane which is more pronounced in males. Longer hair on the tail forms a plume. There is feathering along the back of the front legs and along the back of the thighs, giving a “pantaloon” effect. The hair on the face and ears is shorter and of finer texture.

Color: Great Pyrenees are white or white with markings of gray, badger, reddish brown, or tan

Appearance: The Great Pyrenees is a large, shaggy white dog with a majestic carriage. Their fluffy coats are deceiving, and while they may appear to be large, heavy animals, they are actually of medium substance and are not considered a giant breed. The head is wedge-shaped with a slightly rounded skull, and should be in proportion with the rest of the body. The eyes are almond-shaped, dark brown, and give the dog a thoughtful expression. The eye rims, nose and lips are black. The coat is either all white or white with yellow, reddish brown, tan or gray. The rear dewclaws should never be removed – they have bones that are functional. The tail is plumed, carried low, and may be carried over the back, “making the wheel,” when aroused. When present, a “shepherd’s crook” at the end of the tail accentuates the plume.

Temperament: Great Pyrenees are described as regal dogs. They are thoughtful animals, very observant and vigilant. Their original purpose was to guard flocks and they were charged with making independent decisions about who was a friend and who was potentially dangerous. The modern Pyrenees takes his watchdog role seriously, quietly sizing up newcomers before making a decision. They are fiercely protective of their property, family, and even other household pets. Pyrenees are patient and gentle with kids in their own family, but often don’t take kindly to outside children engaging in rough play with their charges.

These gentle giants love to play, and their favorite time to romp and play is after a good snow. Giving them a job to do after a snowstorm, like pulling kids in a sled or hitching the Pyrenees to a cart will keep him occupied for hours.

Health: The life expectancy for a Great Pyrenees is about 10 years. They are prone to bloat, hip dysplasia, bone cancer, luxated patellas and can develop skin problems in hot weather.

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