Great Pyrenees

USD $500-$600 Price Avg.

Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)



Breed Type



10-12 years


Breed Information

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity/Rank 66
Origin Spain France
Other Names Chien De Montagne Des Pyrénées, Chien Des Pyrénées, Gos De Muntanya Dels Pirineus, Great Pyrenees, Montañés Del Pirineo, Patou
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $500-$600
How much does it cost to buy a Great Pyrenees?
Great Pyrenees are usually priced differently from breeder to breeder and from place to place. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between $500 to $600 if you purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. The price will increase if the dog has a fantastic pedigree. Dogs that already have basic training maybe even more expensive. But, most Great Pyrenees can be adopted through a shelter for a lower fee.
Size Giant
Weight Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg),
Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg)
Height Male: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm),
Female: 25-29 inches (63-74 cm)
Lifespan 10-12 years
Recognized by AKC, FCI
The American Kennel Club in 1933 as a Working breed. And FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type s
Purpose Sheep Guardian
Date of Origin Ancient Times
Ancestry Hungarian Kuvasz, Maremmano-Abruzzese

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Dense, Double
Coat Colors White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Cream, White
Coat Length Large
Coat Density Dense
Coat Texture Wavy
Recommended Brushes Comb, Deshedder, Nail Clipper, Pin Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Affectionate, Caring, Confident, Delicate, Fearless, Gentle, Patient, Strong, Willed
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Addison's Disease, Bloat, Cataracts, Drug Sensitivity, Elbow Dysplasia, Entropion, Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Low
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Cups Per Day 4.5 cups
Daily Cost $3.00 - $3.50
Monthly Cost $90.00 - $105.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Great Pyrenees have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 6-9 puppies (Once a year.)


The Great Pyrenees is a large, majestic dog breed that originated in the Pyrenees Mountains of France and Spain. They are known for their thick white coats, which can be either long or short. The Great Pyrenees has a strong, muscular body with a broad chest and strong legs. Their heads are large and round with dark eyes and floppy ears.

The lifespan of the Great Pyrenees is between 10-12 years. They typically weigh between 85-100 pounds and stand at 25-32 inches tall at the shoulder. The most common colors for this breed are white, cream, gray, tan, or black with white markings on their face and chest.

The personality of the Great Pyrenees is loyal and devoted to its family members but can also be independent at times. They are intelligent dogs that need plenty of mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. This breed is also known for being protective of their family members as well as their territory which makes them great guard dogs.

Great Pyrenees dogs are generally friendly with other animals including cats, horses, goats, sheep, chickens etc., but they may be wary around strangers or unfamiliar animals so it’s important to socialize them from an early age if you plan on having multiple pets in your home. They tend to get along well with children too but should always be supervised when interacting due to their size and strength.

The temperament of the Great Pyrenees is calm yet alert making them excellent watchdogs who will bark when necessary but not excessively like some breeds do. This breed does require regular exercise so they don’t become bored or destructive indoors so daily walks or playtime outside would be beneficial for them both mentally and physically .

Health wise the Great Pyrenees is generally a healthy breed however they can suffer from hip dysplasia like many large breeds do as well as eye problems such as cataracts or progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). It’s important to keep up with regular vet checkups in order to catch any potential health issues early on before they become more serious problems down the road .

In terms of adaptability level ,the Great Pyrenees does best in cooler climates due to its thick coat however it can adapt quite easily if given enough time . As far as benefits go ,the Great Pyrneese makes an excellent companion dog due its loyal nature , intelligence ,and protective instincts . It also makes an excellent guard dog due its size ,strength ,and alertness . All in all this breed makes an ideal pet for those looking for a loyal companion who will protect your home while still being loving towards you family members .


The Great Pyrenees is a large, white, fluffy dog breed that originates from the Pyrenees Mountains in southwestern Europe. The Great Pyrenees was used as a working dog for centuries, guarding livestock from predators such as wolves and bears. The breed almost became extinct during the French Revolution, when many of the nobility who owned Great Pyrenees were killed. The breed regained popularity in the early 1800s, when it was imported to North America and recognized as a distinct breed by the American Kennel Club. The Great Pyrenees is thought to be descended from ancient mastiff-type dogs, and its name likely comes from the Latin word for "mountain."