The Pastor of the Pyrenees (Pyrenean Shepherd) is a breed of dog originating in France monitoring pastor, consists of two different varieties: the Pastor of the Pyrenees of long hair and the Pastor of the Pyrenees of face Rasa.
This breed of dog is very old, the oldest dog is French pastors, but in reality, its origins are unknown.
Its origin and its history is supposed to be the same, than the other dogs of pastor European descendants of Asian dogs.
After the first world war, the Pastor of the Pyrenees won great recognition in France thanks to its excellent and courageous work during the war of emails, search dogs and rescue, and as guard dogs, from then on, was more common to see it as a pet.
Is of medium height, about 38 to 50 cm., and in between 8 and 14 weight kg. Strong and rich in energy, extremely nervous. He is cunning and alert, with high speed in their movements. It has a characteristic bearing with fine bones.
There are two varieties:
- The Pastor of the Pyrenees in hair length (FCI: 141), It has hair soft semi-largo or long hair and short, fine hair on the muzzle, with a modest collar around the face and neck, and some fringes along the legs, the tail and belly.
- The Pastor of the Pyrenees of face Rasa (FCI: 138), on the other hand, has coarse hair, with most long hair on the muzzle and face, though never enough as to cover or hide from the eyes or create an effect of semi-largo and beard or hair length, thick in the rest of the body. The Pastor of the Pyrenees of face Rasa can also have more long hair on their hindquarters and front paws.
The Pastor of the Pyrenees only needs brushing a week to keep their coat in good condition.
Discarding the solid black, its fur can be of various colours, beige tones are the most typical of the breed, with or without a mask and black cloak. Is also very common the striped and the various shades of gray. Less common are the colors Blackbird (Blue Merle, striped Merle, Griffon Merle), and the solid black. All colors are accepted with some white on the head, the chest and toes, but the solid colors are preferred.
Some scholars of the race raised than the variety of Pastor of the Pyrenees of Rasa face with fur color Harlequin or blue merle may have been one of the breeds base for the creation of the Australian Cattle Dog.
Character and skills
The Pastor of the Pyrenees It was designed to be a shepherd dog, and as such, account with the same energy that have other dogs of grazing, but within the existing variety of pastoral dogs, is the smallest.
This dog, through adaptation, You can perform all work in the field, is a natural Shepherd. It is a dog that - to be fully happy- need a job, their intelligence makes it ideal for grazing and canine sports such as Flyball , obedience, competitive and agility .
It is not yet a well-known breed outside its native France, but its size, intelligence and attractive coat, What are Aweigh popularity. Even more, Once a copy of this breed, He won the world of Agility for dogs of medium size in the year 2003.
It is a bold and agile dog that knows to attack not only to the Wolf, but also to bear. Of stubborn character is, hard, shy and reserved with strangers.
It is a hypersensitive dog, It is capable of detecting mood of each Member of the family, in moments..., It seems that you read it the mind, This extreme sensitivity is perhaps one of the features that lead to be a very easy to train dog.
The Pastor of the Pyrenees is good with children, above all with those who have raised, because it develops a strong protective effect, and treated as if they were their children.
- Otros nombres: Berger des Pyrénées / Petit Berger / Pyrenees Sheepdog / Pyr Shep / Pyrenäenschäferhund.
- Group 1 / Section 1 – Shepherd dogs.
Dogs breeds: Pastor of the Pyrenees