Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are all Great Pyrenees solid white?
The Great Pyrenees coat, according to AKC Standards, is a lush weatherproof coat in "All White", or "Badger" which is white with markings of gray, tan or reddish-brown. These color variations or "Badger" markings are always fun to see at birth, but generally do not stay with age. Most will fade significantly, or even go away entirely with age, which is why most people think all Great Pyrenees are solid white. The darker the markings at birth, the more likely they'll keep some color later in life. With our pedigrees, our Badger marked pups never keep much coloring, or none at all.
Below, we've shown how Denali's markings faded from 3 weeks old to 2 years old.
(Do you see the white heart on her head? Isn't that the cutest?! Plus, she had a pink spot on her nose that slowly filled in as she aged too.)
3 weeks old
6 weeks old
8 weeks old
14 weeks old
1 year old
2 years old
2 years old
2. Do Great Pyrenees get along with other dogs, cats, etc?
This breed is incredible. Seriously, I'm always amazed how well they accept new animals around our farm. When introducing a new animal to the dogs we introduce them by putting them in a field next to the dogs, so they share a fence line. I think after they've watched us feed, water and care for the new animal, they realize that this new animal is now part of of our family and sense that it's not a threat to us. Their natural instinct as guardian is truly beautiful to watch! All of our puppies born here will be exposed to our chickens, as well as our other dogs we have here on our farm. Having this early socialization is critical to kick in their natural instincts. While this might not be your lifestyle at your home, this early exposure to other animals is an excellent socialization tool to familiarize your puppy to different looking animals and their noises and smells. It also teaches them the social cues from their mom on what behavior around other animals is accepted. We believe all of these factors help the puppy grow into a well balanced adult dog.
3. How are Great Pyrenees with kids?
Great Pyrenees are known as Gentle Giants. They are loving, patient and kind hearted dogs. Their instinct is to guard by just being with their charges, ever so watchful. They seem to understand that they're big and look like a playground to young children and don't seem to mind at all. They are very sensitive to their charges needs and we find them very in tune to our emotions. They're so sweet and gentle but at the same time understand fully when there is danger or something wrong around them. They truly are the best mix of loving and guardian. We believe there is none better!
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5. I put a deposit down and I'm currently 4th on the Reservation List for a Female.
How does the Reservation system work?
Once a litter is 6 weeks of age, we'll start at the top of the Reservation list and start having people chose their specific puppy out. We'll schedule a day and time for you to come out to our farm to pick out your puppy or do the selection via phone/video calls. Often times, someone ahead of you might be waiting for an all white puppy or a badger puppy specifically. So if the current litter doesn't produce their puppy of choice, they'll remain on the list as is. Then we move down the list to the next family for the next selection. So don't be discouraged if the current litter only produced 3 females and your 4th on the list; it's still very possible that you'll be able to get a puppy from the current litter. If Mother Nature goes as planned, we typically anticipate a minimum of 4 litters per year, with 8 puppies per litter being our average.
6. I'm just looking for a pet.
Why do I keep seeing Great Pyrenees referred to as a LGD (Livestock Guardian Dog)?
Great Pyrenees make THE BEST pets! Seriously, THE BEST! We know, we had one as a pet long before we ever had one as a LGD. According to the AKC website, "Pyrs were bred centuries ago to work with shepherds and herding dogs in the Pyrenees Mountains, the natural border between France and Spain. The Pyr’s job was to watch the flock and deter predators, whether wolves, bears, or livestock rustlers. Their innate patience came in handy when sitting atop a freezing-cold mountain for days on end with nothing to do but look at sheep. Their courage when defending the flock is legendary."
Great Pyrenees are perfect as a Guardian, as they bond with their livestock and defend their livestock (which can be a wide range of animals: cattle, sheep, chickens, goats, ducks, etc!) from predators. Today, all across the globe, many ranches and farms use them as working dogs in the fields to do just this. Hence, the term Livestock Guardian Dog. This is a natural instinct that very few breeds have. Pyrs are unique in that they have this Livestock Guardian instinct, and are also loving, gentle, and protective to their human family. This is especially important around children obviously for safety issues. Thus, why Pyrs in particular are so sought after for this use.
They really are, in our opinion, the very best dogs!
7. Do I need a fence for my Great Pyrenees?
The simple, easy answer is: Yes.
Once bonded with their charges/flocks, a LGD will stay 'home' and not have the urge to roam. However, you still have to go through the younger years when working LGD like to test their boundaries and stretch their limits.
Pyrs as Pets, are without a 'job' and have a strong urge to expand their territory.
Therefore, a secure fence is a must.
8. How fast do they grow?
Growing this fast, it's IMPORTANT they stay on good quality Large Breed Puppy Food until the age of 2.
We use Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy Food here.
It's important to remember that they ARE still puppies until the age of 2, even though they'll look like adult sized dogs early on.
Just one of our storage areas of our dog food here. Yes, we go through a lot here!
Green=Large Breed Adult Dog Food
Pink=Large Breed Puppy Food
We took this picture when we had two different litters at the same time here. Pup on the left is 5 days old. Pup on the right is 5 weeks old. Crazy, right?
Here is a GREAT visual that one of our puppy families sent us. The picture is taken at the same spot in the house, with the same Akita dog on the left AND the same Pyr puppy on the right...just TWO months difference in taking the picture. Left picture is when Pyr pup was 8 weeks old. Right picture is when Pyr pup was 5 months old!
They ARE mellow dogs, but they still go through the puppy stage and WILL test all your rules. Case. In. Point. They're still a puppy even when they APPEAR full grown. Their bodies grow far faster than their mental maturity. Are you prepared to deal with a LARGE puppy??