A teddy bear on legs, we will say when we see it. It is true that with his imposing build and his long, thick coat, he looks like a teddy bear. However, we do not trust this cozy appearance. The Pyrenean Mastiff is a serious house keeper as severe as he is tough, but without unnecessary aggression.
Characteristics of the Pyrenean Mastiff
The Pyrenean Mastiff immediately attracts attention with its large size. Females can measure over 72 cm while males are over 77 cm tall for a weight ranging from 55 to 70 kg depending on height, age and sex. The dog has a dense and firm body with a heavy bone structure and a balanced, rectangular and symmetrical figure. Despite this massiveness, it should not be flabby or heavy. He wears a moderately long head that is both strong and tall. The skull with a subconvex profile is strong and broad. The stop is slightly accentuated, the nose is voluminous, black, wide and wet, while the muzzle is slightly triangular without being pointed. The dog wears hazel eyes which are almond shaped and small in size expressing sympathy, nobility and intelligence. The ears are triangular, drooping, medium in size and set more or less high. The dog wears a long, thick, tight coat that is white with yellow, gray, beige, black, or sand markings. It also has a mask, the color of which harmonizes with the spots on the body.
History of the Pyrenean Mastiff breed
The Pyrenean Mastiff has its origins in the northern provinces of Spain like Navarre and Aragon. Descendant of ancient “mastiff” breeds, it has been used for several centuries in the protection of herds against bears, wolves and thieves of all kinds. The Mâtin des Pyrénées also shines in the care of castles, farms and estates. Around the twentieth century, the breed almost disappeared, because it was expensive and difficult to maintain a dog of such size. But in the 1970s, due to a reappearance of wolves in the Aragonese Pyrenees, the Pyrenean Mastiff experienced a revival. It will be officially recognized by the FCI (Fédération cynologique internationale) in 1982.
Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Pyrenean Mastiff
The Pyrenean Mastiff is an intelligent, sympathetic and attentive dog. Guardian at heart, he will protect the house with courage and recklessness. His size and deep voice will deter intruders from entering. Considered a quiet force, the Pyrenean Mastiff is not unnecessarily aggressive. It is also an excellent pet that is playful, teasing and very happy at the same time. On the other hand, this teddy bear will not be able to evolve in cramped apartments given its size. He needs a large house with a garden that adapts to his bulky morphology.
Diet and main health problems of the Pyrenean Mastiff
Like all large dogs, the Pyrenean Mastiff can have certain joint problems such as elbow or hip dysplasia. As you get older, the risk of osteoarthritis is also not to be ruled out. Ditto for heart disease problems. The Pyrenean Mastiff must also benefit from a balanced and correctly rationed diet in order to prevent stomach twists. After meals, intense exercise and violent games are prohibited.
Price of a Pyrenean Mastiff dog or puppy
- Male Pyrenean Mastiff price: € 1,400
- Female Pyrenean Mastiff price: € 1,400
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