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Pyrenean Sheepdog (Long Haired)


Illustration of Pyrenean Sheepdog (Long Haired)

The first Breed Standard was published in 1926 but the Pyrenean Sheepdog goes back much further than that and almost every valley in the Pyrenees had its own 'type' with small variations but with a basic resemblance. They are quite lightly built, energetic but a little wary of strangers. The coat can form cords on some parts of the body. Many see the breed as a smaller version of the Catalan Sheepdog and geographical proximity suggests some common blood. The herding skills of the Pyrenean Sheepdog were often used alongside the Pyrenean Mountain Dog who guarded the flock.

There is also a short-haired, smooth-faced variety which is not yet recognised in the UK.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Under 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.


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The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.

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