Characteristics of Pyrenean Sheepdog Smooth-faced
|Country of origin||France|
|Age||12–15 years old|
|FCI breed group||1 – Shepherd and cattle dogs, except Swiss cattle dogs|
- Smart, quick-witted;
- Excellent in agility competitions;
- Obedient, diligent students.
The smallest of the French herding dogs, the smooth-faced Pyrenean Sheepdog was officially recognized in the 1920s. However, the exact origin of the breed is unknown. Experts believe that her ancestors are the shepherd dogs of the Pyrenees.
One way or another, representatives of the breed have always been highly valued among peasants and shepherds. And after the Second World War, animals constantly serve as guard dogs and rescuers.
Particular interest in the breed has been observed over the past couple of decades, its representatives adequately perform at international competitions in agility and have already won prizes more than once. If we talk about the most striking quality of the smooth-faced Pyrenean Shepherd Dog, then this is undoubtedly its intelligence. Attentive students grasp information on the fly, they are able to memorize dozens of commands! But, of course, the most important training shepherds – her relationship with the handler. If the dog does not trust the owner, you can not count on brilliant results.
In addition, the method of training is also important. These dogs respond best to positive reinforcement, petting, and treats. But shouting is not worth it: animals do not perceive rudeness well. In general, the Pyrenean Shepherd Dog is a pet of one owner. Yes, she treats all family members with love, but she is truly devoted to only one person. By the way, a shepherd dog is affectionate and gentle with children, but you shouldn’t leave it with them for a long time, it can be unsafe. Although, of course, much depends on the upbringing of the pet and the behavior of the children themselves.
The Pyrenean smooth-faced shepherd does not trust strangers, the first one rarely makes contact. But, as soon as she understands that the person is not dangerous, is friendly and peaceful, the dog’s behavior will change. This is an open and sociable breed.
As for the animals in the house, here the Pyrenean Shepherd Dog manifests itself as a good-natured patient neighbor. She is smart enough not to get into a fight and not pay attention to cocky relatives. And representatives of the breed treat cats favorably.
Despite its name, the smooth-faced Pyrenean Sheepdog has a medium-length coat. Without proper care, wool easily tangles and forms tangles. To make your pet look well-groomed, comb outevery week. During the molting period, the procedure is carried out even more often, every 2-3 days.
Conditions of detention
Due to its compact size, the smooth-faced Pyrenean Shepherd Dog feels great in a city apartment. But, like all shepherd dogs, she needs long active walks. Experts recommend exercising with the dog in logic games, as well as doing agility and obedience.