The Mastiff in the Pyrenees is a trotting dog breed, originally from the Aragonese Pyrenees (Spain). By its large size and strength the FCI included it within the Group 2 / Section 2 – molosoides and mountain dogs.
It comes, as all molosoides, Asian dog who came to Europe centuries ago. The first breed standard, It was approved only in the year 1946, Since that date the race had been totally ignored by the official cinófilo world, While the Mastiff of the Pyrenees, It had been a very important race for local development since its first dawn, given that for centuries was used to defend livestock from the attack of bears and wolves.
For a long time the Mastiff of the Pyrenees accompanied the flocks of sheep in its migrating routes from the Aragonese and Navarrese Pyrenees until the Maestrazgo. Its main function was the keep herds and their masters from attacks by wolves and thieves.
During the 20th century and especially after the Spanish civil war, due to economic difficulties, the Mastiff went into decline because it was very expensive to keep a dog of their size.
Over the years 70 a group of fans begin work of recovery of the race through the few copies were in the field and still possessed characteristics typical of the ancient molosser.
In the year 1977 created the The Spain Pyrenees Mastiff Club, It organizes the selection and breeding of race program. Currently the breed has a great international recognition as evidenced by the existence of clubs in numerous European countries and United States.
Otros nombres: Pyrenean Mastiff / Mâtins des Pyrénées / Pyreneän Mastiff
Dogs breeds: Mastiff in the Pyrenees
Group 2 / Section 2 – molosoides and mountain dogs.
The Mastiff of the Pyrenees is a dog of large size, well proportioned, powerful, muscular and skeletal structure compact. Its head is large, strong and slightly long, with a cráneo-hocico relationship of 5:4.
It has eyes small, almond-shaped, ranging from color avellana to dark brown (It is most common). The ears are triangular, medium-sized and hanging attached to the head.
The tail is thick at the base, strong, flexible and hangs until the Hock.
Regard to the size, In fact, There is a maximum limit because the idea is that the copies are larger possible. But according to the standard, Yes there are minimums for those who can't download. According to the standard, years. At that time, the minimums are of 77 cm for males (Although it is preferable that they be above the 81 cm.) and 72 cm for the Herms (Although it is preferable that they exceed the 75 cm.).
The the mantle the Pyrenean Mastiff is thick and quite long (of 6 to 9 26cm in length). Being longer on the shoulders, the neck and belly. It is hair must be rough to the touch, not soft and woolly.
The color base is white, with a well-defined mask. Some examples are brands of the same color as the mask, irregularly but with sharp contours.
Favorite colors (According to the standard) for the mask, and stains are soft grey, intense Golden Fawn, Brown, black and grey silver.
The the tail and distal parts of the legs They must be always white.
It is a breed that is still in rebuilding phase and on the recommendation of the Spain Pyrenees Mastiff Club, not yet been included in the show ring, because he is expected to make the media playback smoother.
Character and skills
Although at the beginning of their walks among us, the Mastiff of the Pyrenees was used as a livestock guardian, the time change and animals over time, so today is a perfect guardian of the House.
It is a dog aware of their strength and power, reason why never shows aggressiveness, But if you feel threatened, He or his family can be really fearsome.
Let us not forget that you protecting livestock from wolves and osos…
Despite the passage of time, the Mastiff of the Pyrenees is housed in full form its "rustic" and that brings to that not adapt very well to life outside their natural environment which is the field and their tenants.
For that reason, If we decide to integrate a Mastiff of the Pyrenees to our family it will be important comply with it as it is, without imposing conditions of life that cercenen your happiness, as the Mcain life in a small apartment in the city. That would play against his emotional balance, and with the size that has this dog, Perhaps the best is to have it happy and balanced (that all animal).
Something characteristic of the Pyrenean Mastiff is wherever you are with children always sweet and very tolerant. Because the converted part of his flock and the cares much.
Also super careful with them, because as we said more top, He is aware of their strength and power.