Pyrenean Shepherd

History/Evolution:

Remains of ancient sheepherding dogs have been found in the Pyrenees Mountains of Southern France, and many Pyrenean Shepherds still herd in those mountains, but exact origins remain unclear. The dogs are relatively small, and so are quicker and require less food than larger sheepherder dogs. Two varieties exist: Rough-Faced and Smooth-Faced. First brought to the U.S. in the 19th century, the breed earned AKC recognition in the Herding Group in January 2009.


Size:

Medium; between 15 and 21 inches, 15 to 30 pounds.

Color:

Fawn or fawn with a black overlay, brindle, and gray; solid black and blue merle.

Temperament:

Energetic and active, dominated by a love of work. Devoted and affectionate with immediate family, but distrustful of strangers. Strong barking instinct.

Energy level:

High.

Best owner:

Active owner able to devote time to training.

Needs:

Daily exercise, fenced yard, inclusion in owner’s/family’s activities, training, early socialization, regular brushing.

Life expectancy:

12 to 15 years.