This large breed with its soft coat and gentle nature is amongst the popular breed of dogs. Keep reading if you are curious to know more about the Pyrenean Mastiff.
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Pyrenean Mastiff Appearance
The Pyrenean Mastiff has a double coat, which is quite thick. The long and dense coat will form mats and tangles quite easily. The coat is however short on the legs and around the head. It tends to get thick around the neck and chest with long featherings on the legs. The coat’s base is almost always white with conformation rings ranging in colors of white and biscuit, white and beige, white and black, white and golden, white and gray, white and sable, and silver and white.
The Pyrenean Mastiff has a large head with eyes that are almond-shaped and dark and a large black nose. The ears are triangular in shape and hang down. The body is heavily boned and has a muscular neck and a thick chest.
Although the Pyrenean is a large dog, it is quite agile. The male Pyrenean stands 30 inches in height while the female is slightly smaller and measures 32 inches. The average weight of the female Pyrenean is about 80 kilograms while the male can weigh up to 100 kilograms.
Pyrenean Mastiff Grooming
This breed has a thick double coat, which sheds regularly. Therefore, regular brushing is advised to get rid of dead and loose hair. Regular brushing will also distribute the oil evenly, thus making the coat healthy and shiny.
Use a pin brush and a detangling brush to brush the hair in order to get rid of tangles and mats. But make sure not to burn the skin by brushing harshly. Trim the hair between the foot pads to avoid dirt trails around the house.
Pyrenean Mastiff drools after eating or drinking. Therefore, it is important to clean the area around its mouth to avoid bacteria build-up.
They do not need to be bathed regularly. Doing a few times in a year is enough to keep this dog clean. But when you do so, make sure to use a shampoo specially formulated for the dogs and avoid regular shampoos as they may lead to dryness.
Check the ears for wax build-up or any signs of infections. Use cotton balls dipped in a vet-approved cleanser to clean the ears gently. Regular teeth brushing should be a part of oral hygiene. This will prevent tartar and plaque build-up and keep bad breath at bay.
Pyrenean Mastiff Temperament
The Pyrenean Mastiff is an even-tempered dog. It is calm and self-reliant. This breed tends to be very protective of its owner’s family. This is why they make great family dogs. They get along with other dogs and pets quite well and do not hesitate to attack if they feel any threat to their owner.
They have a gentle and loving nature, and they are willing to listen to a leader who is firm. This is why an experienced trainer is needed to train them. Although loving of its owner, they tend to stay aloof and remain suspicious of strangers. It may take them time to adjust to your new and unfamiliar friends.
It is important to start their training from an early age to inculcate good habits and shun all the bad ones. Early socialization is also important and the key to their well-being later in life. This breed does not require too much exercise, but lack of enough physical activity could bore the dog and lead to destructive behavior in some cases.
Pyrenean Mastiff Training
It is best to start training the Mastiff right from when it is a puppy. Training the dog may not be a problem but it could be challenging at times. Therefore, it is important to have an experienced and a firm trainer so that the dog learns to obey.
Never use negative reinforcements to train the dog. Always use positive reinforcement and gentle yet firm commands to train the dog. Shouting at the dog or locking in as a form of punishment will make it fear you and disrupt the bond that you two share.
Dogs like all other animals respond well to the language of love. Therefore, it is important to treat the dog with affection and care.
Pyrenean Mastiff History
This breed has long accompanied the sheep on their migratory paths as a livestock guardian. Their purpose was to keep the sheep safe from bears, wolves, and thieves. Later in the 20th century, the breed saw a decline as it became difficult for people to keep a large breed, as it was expensive. The breed was recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale in the year 1982.
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