They were bred in the French Pyrenees Mountains and their purpose was to protect the sheep and livestock from predators such as wolves and bears. These dogs while loving and gently can become formidable opponents if their home or the people they love are in danger.
Because they are guardian dogs, they tend to be on duty and are know more often than not to bark. There are remedies to this situation if it becomes bothersome and we would be happy to share those options with you, if you are interested.
They do shed, however, their hair is long enough that it vacuums up easily without becoming entwined into fabrics. However, spayed and neutered dogs shed a lot less because of hormonal changes from the surgery.
They typically do not slobber. They can be messy drinkers, but will not leave snail trails down your walls with a shake of their head.
They are generally very good family dogs and love children.
They are wanderers and will roam. They must be confined in a secure fenced (6-ft.) area. They must never be tied or staked out.
They sometimes can be dog aggressive, because of their background as guardians, however, opposite sexes of dogs can be mixed and matched depending upon each dog’s individual traits and personalities.
Most of the rescue dogs come with some kind of baggage. They may have been mistreated and need to be loved and nurtured. All information about specific dogs will be shared when a potential new home is being considered.
They eat between 4-6 cups of food per day.
They are not high energy dogs (typically) and are ill suited for joggers.
The following links are helpful in further describing the Great Pyrenees as a breed.