Characteristics of Pyrenean Mastiff
|Country of origin
|10–13 years old
|FCI breed group
|Pinschers and Schnauzers, Molossians, Mountain and Swiss Cattle Dogs
- Calm, loving, good-natured;
- A real guard and protector;
- Easily trained.
The history of the Pyrenean Mastiff goes back to the distant past, to the Molossians, who came to Europe from Asia as a result of the development of trade relations. Like many dogs of this group, they accompanied shepherds and protected herds of sheep and cows from predators, including bears and wolves.
In the 1970s, the Pyrenean Mastiff became very popular in its homeland, Spain. In 1982 the breed was recognized International Cynological Federation, at the same time its standard was also updated. Today, these dogs are service dogs, they are often bred to guard and protect a private home.
The Pyrenean Mastiff is friendly to people, calm, noble and very smart. At the same time, he is bold and distrustful of strangers. Not a single uninvited guest will pass by! An excellent guardian, the Pyrenean Mastiff notifies his family with a bass and powerful bark.
The Pyrenean Mastiff is good-natured, he treats other dogs calmly, because he is aware of his superior strength. Thanks to this, he gets along well with any neighbors. And with cats, these big pets easily find a common language.
The Pyrenean Mastiff loves all family members without exception. He is ready to bravely defend them to the last, as soon as the dog feels the slightest danger. At the same time, he is kind to children. True, these are rather large pets, so active games with kids should be supervised by adults so that the dog does not accidentally harm the child.
The Pyrenean Mastiff is an obedient learner and is fairly easy to train. But if the owner has no experience education dogs, it is worth contacting cynologist. It will be useful for passing the course of protective guard service.
Pyrenean Mastiff Care
The thick dense coat of the Pyrenean Mastiff sheds twice a year. At this time, the owner should comb out pet at least once every 2-3 days. The rest of the time, you can carry out this procedure a little less often – once a week will be enough.
It should be borne in mind that, like all mastiffs, the Pyrenean does not differ in cleanliness and drools profusely.
Conditions of detention
In general, the Pyrenean Mastiff is a breed that does not require many hours of walking. However, he will be happy to play with the owner, share a walk in nature with him.
Mastiff feels comfortable living in a private house. He is suitable for both keeping in an open-air cage on the street, and free range.
Like many large dogs, the Pyrenean Mastiff grows very fast. In this regard, the puppy’s joints become fragile. Up to a year, it is necessary to monitor the activity of the dog so that it does not become overloaded. Climbing stairs and running on hard surfaces, such as concrete or asphalt, should also be controlled and limited.