PYRADOR – YOUR GUIDE TO THE GREAT PYREENESS LAB MIX
The name “Pyrenees” comes from the mountains of Spain where they were first discovered. They are native to western Europe and have been used since ancient times as mounts or pack animals.
Their use was later extended into other forms such as war dogs, hunting dogs, and even soldiers during the Middle Ages.
Great Pyrenes are the most popular breed of dog in the world today. They have been bred for their ability to climb steep slopes with ease, speed up steep inclines, run at high speeds over rough terrain, jump over obstacles and carry heavy loads.
Some say that they have no equal when it comes to these abilities.
They are very loyal companions and will do anything for their owners. They are extremely intelligent and love being with humans.
These traits make them ideal family pets.
In fact, many people consider them to be the perfect pet because they never bark, bite or fight with each other.
However, there are some drawbacks to owning a great pyrenees:
– They tend to get bored easily. If left alone too long they may become destructive and aggressive towards everything around them.
This is why it’s a good idea to take them out on daily walks and keep them busy while at the same time maintaining their social skills with other people and other dogs.
They also require a lot of grooming because they tend to get really dirty really quickly. If left alone for too long, they may become sick or infested with ticks and other parasites.
This is why it’s a good idea to frequently brush their coats and wash them with mild soap.
Great Pyrenees love to eat, so you’ll have to make sure that they are getting the right nutrition or they may develop health problems such as obesity, which can lead to a shorter life span.
Since they were bred to be guard dogs, they can be really noisy and will bark at anything they consider unusual or out of place. This tendency can be really annoying to your neighbors and depending on where you live, this behavior can get them killed.
Before getting a Great Pyrenees, you should also make sure that you have the time and patience to socialize them while they’re young. If neglected, they can become really aggressive and may even turn on their owners.
It’s also important to continue their education as they grow up because as they grow older, they will push you around until you teach them that this is not acceptable behavior.
Great Pyrenees really thrive when given a job to do. If you own a farm, they make excellent watchdogs because of their tendency to bark at everything.
This keeps thieves away because most people are afraid of big dogs.
If you live in a suburban area where crime is low, their excellent sense of smell can also be put to good use as auxiliary firefighters or rescue dogs.
In any case, Great Pyrenees are really great pets for people who aren’t looking for a “normal” type of dog. Their unique temperament and diverse talents make them excellent for people with a lot of free time and a big enough yard to keep them happy and busy.
Source: A Brief History of Dogs
Contributors: JG, Ed, Earl, Alan J. Brierley
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