Pyrenean Shepherd

USD $500-$800 Price Avg.

Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)



Breed Type



15-17 years


Breed Information

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity/Rank 180
Origin France
Other Names Berger Des Pyrénées, Petit Berger, Pyr Shep, Pyrenees Sheepdog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $500-$800
How much does it cost to purchase a Pyrenean Shepherd?
The price of a Pyrenean Shepherd will vary from breeder to breeder as well as from place to place. As a rough guide, you should expect to pay between $500 to $800 per Pyrenean Shepherd if you purchase from a reputable breeder. Prices will be higher for show-quality dogs with a distinguished pedigree. Adult dogs who have already been trained may cost even more. It is usually less expensive to adopt a Pyrenean Shepherd through a shelter.
Size Medium
Weight 15–32 pounds (7–15 kg)
Height 15.5-18.5 inches (39-47 cm)
Lifespan 15-17 years
Recognized by AKC, FCI
The American Kennel Club in 2009 as a Herding breed. And FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Purpose Sheep Herding
Date of Origin 6000 BC
Ancestry Shepherd Dog

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Rough, Smooth
Coat Colors Black, Brindle, Fawn, Gray, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Hazel, Brown, Amber, Blue
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Liver, Tan
Coat Color Possibilities Fawn, Sable, Agouti, Black, Gray, White
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Double-coated
Recommended Brushes Slicker brush, Pin brush, Undercoat rake, Shedding blade, Nail clippers, Grooming scissors.
Brushing Frequency 2-3 times per week

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Aware, Bossy, Clever, Dedicated, Energetic, Productive, Trainable, Watchful
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 Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Epilepsy, Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Patent Ductus Arteriosis, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 45-60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 2.5 cups
Daily Cost $20-$30
Monthly Cost $50-$100


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Pyrenean Shepherd have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4 puppies (Once a year.)


The Pyrenean Shepherd is a small, agile, and intelligent breed of dog that originated in the Pyrenees Mountains of France. This breed is known for its loyalty and devotion to its owners, as well as its alertness and intelligence. The Pyrenean Shepherd has a unique appearance with a long, thick coat that can be either smooth or rough. They come in a variety of colors including black, white, gray, tan, and red.

The average lifespan of the Pyrenean Shepherd is between 12-14 years. They typically weigh between 15-30 pounds and stand at an average height of 14-18 inches tall at the shoulder.

The personality of the Pyrenean Shepherd is one that is loyal and devoted to their owners. They are highly intelligent dogs who are eager to please their owners and learn new things quickly. They are also very alert dogs who make excellent watchdogs due to their keen sense of hearing and sight.

Pyrenean Shepherds are generally friendly with other dogs as well as children and other animals if they have been properly socialized from an early age. However, they can be wary around strangers so it’s important to introduce them slowly when meeting new people or animals for the first time.

The temperament of the Pyrenean Shepherd is one that is active yet gentle with those they know well such as family members or close friends. They enjoy being active outdoors but also love spending time indoors cuddling up on the couch with their owners after a long day out playing in nature!

When it comes to health issues common among this breed include hip dysplasia which can cause lameness in older dogs if not treated properly; eye problems such as cataracts; skin allergies; ear infections; hypothyroidism; epilepsy; luxating patella (dislocated kneecap); heart disease; bloat (gastric torsion); obesity; joint problems such as arthritis; dental issues such as periodontal disease; seizures; diabetes mellitus (DM); cancerous tumors/cysts/growths on various parts of their body including eyes/ears/skin etc.; deafness due to genetic factors or old age related hearing loss etc.. It’s important for pet parents to keep an eye out for any signs or symptoms associated with these conditions so they can seek veterinary help immediately if needed!

The adaptability level of this breed varies depending on individual personalities but overall they tend to do quite well in most environments provided there’s plenty of exercise opportunities available for them each day! Some benefits associated with having a Pyrenean Shepherd dog include: being able to take them along on outdoor adventures due to their agility & athleticism making them great hiking companions! Their intelligence & loyalty make them great guard dogs & protectors too! Plus they’re incredibly loving & affectionate towards those closest too them making them wonderful family pets!


The Pyrenean Shepherd is a herding dog that originated in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain. The breed almost became extinct during World War II, but has since become popular again. The ancestry of the Pyrenean Shepherd is unknown, but the breed is thought to be a descendant of the Briard. The Pyrenean Shepherd was first recognized as a breed in France in the early 1900s.