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 and fox also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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"You don't usually see Pyrenean mountain dogs at rescue centres, but I grew up with one as a child so I said to my husband: 'We have to go and see him!' "He was unconvinced at the time that we needed a dog as big as that.
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Pyrenean Mountain Dog Club of Scotland's open show, Richard Greenhouse Centre, Gretna Green.
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Pyrenean Mountain Dog Club of Scotland Open Show in the Richard Greenhow Centre, Gretna.
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