One of the most beautiful of all breeds, the Pyrenean Mountain Dog was originally bred to guard the flocks from wolves and bears, and to protect the shepherd. They were also a valued sentry for fortresses and chateaux where their immense strength, around-the-clock vigilance, innate ability to discriminate between friend and foe, and utter fearlessness made them worth their weight in gold. Additionally, troubadours travelling from castle to castle were often accompanied by these magnificent dogs.

Nowadays, the Pyrenean Mountain Dog’s main role is as companion and guardian of the home.


A large heavy boned breed, the beautiful Pyrenean Mountain Dog can stand up to 70cm tall and weigh as much as 50kg upwards. Their white coat is mid-length with yellow or grey markings. Their nose and eye rims are black.

Average Lifespan

Up to 12 years


The Pyrenean Mountain Dog is placid, confident and protective of their family. Despite their size, this large breed would make an ideal house pet, being the perfect all-round dog and is a gentle playmate for children.


The Pyrenean Mountain Dog’s splendid white jacket requires weekly grooming but no trimming. A bath is recommended from time to time to ensure their coat remains in pristine state. Their double dewclaws will need trimming every few weeks.

Health concerns

For the latest research in breed-related problems in Pyrenean Mountain Dogs, visit the University of Sydney’s LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.