Great Pyrenees are Not

Glenn’s Take: What Great Pyrennes are not

-lap dogs. My lap is not big enough to share with a 100+ lb dog.

-car dogs. Both inside and outside. Outside the car, they believe that any and all cars or trucks or semis or freight trains will stop for them (this is the reason that this is the number one cause of Pyrennes’ death). Inside the car, they will jump on your lap while you drive and act like a deployed airbag, all the while breathing their wonderful breath and maybe licking your face.

-apartment dogs. They have luxurious coats that are made to live outdoors, even with frosty winter nights. On hot days, they need shade.

-dependants. Well, they are, but no one ever can tell them this. They don’t know that they need you. They honestly believe that you need them. They love you with a passion, but can be aloof and not come to your call, especially if they perceive that there is patrolling or protection business at hand. But all that said, they are the kindest, sweetest, most protective free agent friends a person could have.

-mechanics companions. Every Pyr we have had feels that it is his or her duty to wiggle and snuggle next to me while I am under a vehicle working on it and lick my face in this place where I am totally defenseless. Remember, you can’t slap or hit your Pyr. They only really respond to Alpha rollovers with neck and ruff grabs (they will really respect you for that). Not enough room under the car…

-dogs who do tricks like fetch, roll over, play dead. These Pyrs have a great sense of dignity. This does not mean that they are not playful. On the contrary, they are great tag players, wrestlers, and lovers of fun. What is really cool is to see all of them play with different levels of strength with each of us. They will wrestle really hard with Glenn (dad) but very gently with the little kids, putting the kid gloves on with our 5 year old. They are the one dog breed that we know that we can really trust with the kids, even while they have litters of little ones of their own.

-frisbee dogs. I’ve never seen a Pyr with an interest in fetching and retrieving. I have seen them grab my stuff often and hide it in some warped mind game they play. I have lost gloves only to find them weeks later a quarter mile away. This leprecaunic habit is common through the breed.

7 Responses to “Great Pyrenees are Not”

  1. Linda says on :

    Thank you for the smile! My husband and I inherited “Trabel” (a fancy pronunciation for trouble 🙂 about a year ago after my father passed. We had known her from puppyhood, but had no real insight into her personality. What a wonderful dog she is! We are firmly wrapped around her paw (within limits). She is learning to play, and your tag is dead on

  2. Linda says on :

    She is such a wonderful addition to our family! OH her next adventure will be white water rafting! And yes, they make life jackets in her size! thanks again!

  3. admin says on :

    Yes, they certainly can wrap you around their big furry paws.!

  4. Sue Jones says on :

    Hi Glenn,

    I am training a Pyr/Border collie for mobility for myself. He is the 4th SD I have trained. He was given to me as a Golden but I knew from day one that was not right, so I had his DNA done. I trained a Labrador, a Golden Retriever, and a German Shepherd dog for service. I am doing pretty good with Teddy but he is a work in progress for sure. I get so frustrated sometimes because he is like no other dog I have known. I go to the Pyrenees blogs from time to time to get some insight and some encouragement. I found yours today which had me rolling on the floor. Teddy is so Pyr. I really do not think he is the best dog for Service work but he is all I have and I would never consider giving him up. I wish I could explain to people why he acts the way he does. You have given me more help then you could know. He is a love like you say. He likes to be close to me all the time. Does not like to play with the little dogs at the dog park. I am not sure what that is all about. I just like to observe him because he is so different. He makes me laugh and that is the best medicine for me. Thanks!!

  5. Wendy says on :

    I love your post, and totally agree. I must tell you about the one time a Pyr of mine ‘fetched’ a stick. I was not home, but a guest was using a stick to scratch Moses (my big love muffin’) on the back. When the guest was done scratching he tossed the stick into the woods. I was told moments later, Moses brought it back to him for more scratches, which he received.

  6. Marilyn says on :

    You have summed up the Great Pyrenees very well! They are so affectionate! We have a big male that we got when he was 4 years old and he was wary of everyone and everything. We couldn’t trust him to even be nice to his new girlfriend. Now, 3 years later, he is still a big guard dog but loves to get his belly rubbed or his neck or just get some big hugs. He acts like he’s looking at something the other way, but if I stop rubbing, he sidles closer and leans into me as much as he can!

  7. Rorie Beth Chittock says on :

    Love this!!! We have two Pyrenees and you couldn’t have described them better!

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