Great Pyrenees

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Great Pyrenees,

breed of large working dogworking dog,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs raised by humans to herd cattle and sheep, as draft animals, as message dispatchers in wartime, in police and rescue work, as guardians of persons and property, or as guides (see guide dog) for the
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 whose fossil remains date its existence in Europe from the Bronze Age (1800–1000 B.C.). It stands from 25 to 32 in. (63.5–81.3 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 90 to 125 lb (40.8–56.7 kg). Its weather-resistant double coat is composed of dense, fine underhairs and a thick, coarse, straight or slightly wavy outercoat. Believed to be related to an ancient mastiff of central Asia or Siberia and to have been brought into Europe by the invading Aryan hordes, the Great Pyrenees was for centuries the guardian of shepherds and flocks in the mountains of Europe. Later, it became popular at the French court and as a guard dog on large estates. Today it is commonly raised for show competition and as a pet. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal, fox, and tanuki also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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Green and Woodruff (1988) reported that the rate of success in protecting livestock from predators did not vary among Great Pyrenees, Komondor, Akbash, Anatolians, Maremma, and hybrids, nor was the rate of success different among males and females or intact and neutered dogs.
Kim Headlee lives on a farm in the mountains of southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, fish, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, someone else's cattle, half a million honey bees, and assorted wildlife.
Winston is a happy four-month-old neutered Great Pyrenees. This fluffy fellow has a handsome white coat and enjoys playing and being petted.
Two Border Collies and an Australian Cattle Dog also have run of the property, along with four Great Pyrenees who are guard dogs and reside with the sheep 24/7.
Some breeds, like the Great Pyrenees, are easily recognized.
The flea and tick medicine I give my 130-pound Great Pyrenees would be a toxic overdose to my nine-pound cat, Lilly, because cats cannot tolerate permethrin, especially at that high dose."
The nine-year-old Great Pyrenees won his third term as mayor.
Mother of a stroppy teenager, exwife of a narcissistic best-selling author, owner of a pony-sized Great Pyrenees, Gwen is also intelligent, talented and amazingly perceptive.
"We've got Great Pyrenees dogs to protect our sheep flocks," Harris says.
Its members stepped lively along the parade route playing the march "El Capitan." Watching the band pass was Tatanka, a huge long-coated Akita dog, and Hondo, a large, but not as large, white great Pyrenees dog, both owned by Terry and Pete Martin of Ashburnham.
We now rely on Rupert, our 110-pound Great Pyrenees youngster with a fairly constant desire to play and work, to keep us all from getting too lazy.
Lorrie also has a house full of fur including "Weezy" & "Puddin'" her Pit-bulls, and "Abbey" & "Ray" her Great Pyrenees, as well as a pond of "not-so-furry" coy fish.