Care, Feeding, Training
In many ways care of a Great Pyrenees is just like any other dog. All dogs deserve good, nutritious food, a clean place to live, love, affection, and attention on a daily basis. Clean fresh water should always be available. Regular check-ups and proper veterinary care are important. Great Pyrenees do have some special considerations.
Great Pyrenees need fenced yards. They will roam if given the chance. A fenced yard is a must for safety. Always walk your dog with a leash. Never tie any dog outside unsupervised. It can be dangerous and promotes unwanted behavioral issues.
It is important to socialize your dog. Teach your dog basic obedience commands, but remember, this breed is known for being independent thinkers, so be patient.
Great Pyrenees have a low metabolism. Be sure to remind your veterinarian of this whenever anesthesia is going to be administered.
Check your dog’s ears frequently for signs of mites or infections. Keep their ears dry, and if needed clean the exterior ear canals with a swab or use a dry ear powder.
Clip toenails regularly. Keep the dewclaws trimmed, as they can easily get caught on fences and tear easily. Do not have the dewclaws removed; they are an important part of the breed.
Check eyebrows regularly to make sure they do not curl downward into the eyes. If needed they can be clipped.
Pyrs need their coats for protection from the sun. Never clip a Great Pyrenees in the summer. Do brush your dog regularly to keep the coat in good condition. A wide-toothed comb or “rake” can be used to remove loose under-coat.
If you have questions, ask. You can contact your breeder or email us — we’ll be glad to help.