Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Great Pyrenees

Synonym(s): Pyrenean Mountain Dog

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd


General information

  • Good with children, this is an ancient breed originating in the Andorra region of France, used principally to guard sheep.
  • Selective breeding has succeeded in reducing its assertiveness while enhancing other characteristics of courage, patience and nobility.
  • Size makes it unsuitable for the urban environment.
  • Prefers a colder climate, makes a good watchdog but needs regular exercise and the abundant, long white coat needs regular grooming.

Biological Data

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Boudreaux M K, Lipscomb D L (2001) Clinical biochemical, and molecular aspects of Glanzmann’s Thrombasthenia in humans and dogs. Vet Pathol 38, 249-260 PubMed.
  • Lipscomb D L, Bourne C, Boudreaux M K (2000) Two genetic defects in alphaIIb are associated with type I Glanzmann’s thrombasthenia in a Great Pyrenees dog: a 14-base insertion in exon 13 and a splicing defect of intron 13. Vet Pathol 37(6), 581-588 PubMed.
  • Boudreaux M K, Kvam K, Dillon A R, Bourne C, Scott M, Schwartz K A, Toivio-Kinnucuan M (1996) Type I Glanzmann’s thrombasthenia in a Great Pyrenees dog. Vet Pathol 33(5), 503-511 PubMed.

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