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Great Pyredane Breed Information

Great Pyredane

Recognized By: DBR , IDCR
Mispellings: Great Pyradane, Pyradanes

Living with a Great Pyredane

Personality: The Great Pyredane is happy and loving as a puppy yet calm, dignified and confident when mature.

Temperament: The Great Pyredane is typically calm unless otherwise provoked then the animal will bark and stand it's ground.

Family Dog: The Great Pyredane makes an excellent family dog from ages 1 to 101. They are well suited for family life and is sure to bring enjoyment to all ages.

Shedding: The Great Pyredane is a moderate shedder due to the short undercoat. Shedding can be reduced by occasional brushing.

Grooming: The Great Pyredane has no major grooming requirements but they should be brushed twice a week.

Behavior: The Great Pyredane is a mild mannered, laid-back, overgrown lapdog who loves attention. They are very protective of their owners or animal companions they are accustomed too, making them wonderful guardian dogs.

Barking: The Great Pyredane does not typically bark much only to alert you when needed.

Weather: The Great Pyredane does well in most climates and tends toward warmer climates than the Pyrenees and cooler climates than the Dane is accustomed to.

Exercise: The Great Pyredane has a low exercise requirement. Usually a big comfy bed will suffice for this couch potato. They do enjoy the occasional romp in the park or field if the owner is so inclined to play along with them.

Physical Ability: The Great Pyredane is a large, intimidating, weighty animal that can push their way around when playing. They may tend to lean on you like the Dane or be nocturnal if the trait is passed from the Pyrenees. Despite that they remain very alert.

Living Conditions: The Great Pyredane does very well to live alongside their owners in an indoor environment with the option of getting out to strech their legs when desired. If raised as a livestock guardian they are very well suited to running with their protected stock.

Great Pyredane Appearance

Companionship: The Great Pyredane is devoted to their owners possessing guardian tendencies towards their owners and farm life if raised as a livestock protector.

Head: The Great Pyredane has an average head size; too Broad or narrow is undesireable.

Nose: The nose of the Great Pyredane resembles that of the Labrador Retriever.

Eyes: The Great Pyredane has bright, clear and longing eyes that more closely resemble those of the Great Pyrenees.

Ears: The Great Pyredane has large floppy ears.

Muzzle: The Great Pyredane has a well defined muzzle that is on the slightly stubby side which is desired.

Neck: The neck of the Great Pyredane is slightly thick with loose skin.

Body: The body of the Great Pyredane is larger in size than the Pyrenees but more stocky than the Dane.

Forequarters: Thicker forequarters are more desireable in the Great Pyredane.

Hindquarters: The hindquarters of the Great Pyredane are slightly larger than that of the Dane with visible muscular structure being a plus.

Gait: The Great Pyredane has a purposeful and graceful gait.

Feet: The Great Pyredane has large, awkward feet until they grow into them. They may have a double dew claw as passed fom the Pyrenees.

Tail: The tail of the Great Pyredane can be natural or docked.

Color: The coat of the Great Pyredane come in a wide range of colors including apricot, fawn, white with dark markings and the Boston coat which consists of varied white markings on the neck, feet and legs. Black masks are also possible among the lighter colored animals.

Coat: The coat of the Great Pyredane is short with a thick undercoat giving them better heat tolerance than the Pyrenees and better cold tolerance than the Dane.

Great Pyredane Facts

Life Expectancy: The average life expectancy of the Great Pyredane is 10 years or more.

Characteristics: The Great Pyredane loves to be with his people and may try to get in your lap or take over your bed if afforded the latitude.

Great Pyredane Health

Allergies: The Great Pyredane has no known allergies at this time.

Health: Hybrid vigor is essential in the Great Pyredane almost eliminating the most common health concerns that are typical with the original stock. Healthy breeding stock is of upmost importance with any breed.

Skin Health: The Great Pyredane has no know skin issues. Their skin tends to be loose fitting.

Great Pyredane History

History: This hybrid has existed for many years making its way into the hearts and lives of those who have had the privilage of owning one. But until recent years had not been recognized in any official capacity. Perhaps one day the hybrid will recieve the recognition it deserves from more widely known associations so that more people can have the opportunity to experience the great joy in owning a Great Pyredane.

* The most accurate way to determine characteristics of a mixed breed is by researching the parent breeds.
** Not all dogs being represented by this name consist of the exact percentages listed above.
*** It is important to do research on your dog's history before choosing a dog. We are dedicated to providing the most accurate information possible about each breed.

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