Origin: France, Spain
Dog Breed Group: Pastoral (Herding Dog)
Life Span: 10-12 years
Weight: Male: 45-55, Female: 38-45
Height: Male: 27-32, Female: 25-29
Origin of Name: The breed comes from the French side of the Pyrenees Mountains that separate France and Spain.
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The Great Pyrenees were working centuries ago in the Pyrenees Mountains, the natural border between France and Spain, to work with breeders and shepherd dogs. The dog's job was to watch herds and predators, whether wolves, bears, or livestock rustling. The instinctive patience of the breed came at a time when sitting on a cool hillside for a few days had nothing to do but look at the sheep. His courage while defending the herd was legendary.
In the 17th century, the Great Louis was adopted as the royal dog of France in the court of King Louis XIV, as they proved useful as patrons of the chateau.