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I understand that a Great Pyrenees is a great guardian dog. I have seen Shepherds, Rotts, and Dobermans in action, but never a Great. If needed to they guard/ attack the same way?

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They are awesome guardian dogs! We use to have German Shepherds growing up on our ranch, and I regret that I didn't know anything about the Great Pyrenees until my 40's. Will probably never own anything else for the purpose of guardian/protection/companionship now! I have been very fortunate to be able to rescue several and even with their "spotty" history they are fantastic dogs with amazing instincts. Mine are just as happy being indoors lounging on the sofa as they are outside guarding their "flock". And they love for the neighborhood children to come and play with them. The only "disagreement" they've had so far is with a couple of uninvited guests (strangers) who came through the back gate without permission. I guarantee they won't do that again! My biggest male also stepped in between the neighbors 2 yr old and a stray dog that charged her (a large boxer/pitt mix) and put the dog down like he was nothing. Didn't hurt the dog, just had his very large mouth around the other dogs neck and held him down for a couple of minutes, gave one very deep growl to show who was boss and then let the dog up. We never saw that stray in our area again! They are NOT for everyone though, which is why a lot of them end up in shelters and with rescue groups. They are an XL breed, and I mean XXXL! Think St Bernard or Mastiff. They don't all get that big but the potential is there. Do your research first, but beware most sites do not list their true size potential. Most sites will tell you they go up to 100 lbs or so (NOT TRUE). One of my males is 140 and I have seen plenty (even females) that are much bigger (160 - 170 lbs)! If you are looking for an indoor dog, they shed a lot! They also have a tendency to roam, so a good sturdy 6 ft fence is best if possible). Some of them tend to be barkers, mine aren't but I think I just got lucky. If you are looking for a very loving, very loyal, almost human-like dog and the traits I've shared don't bother you, then by all means....they are the perfect dog! Check with your local rescue groups or a very reputable breeder though and stay away from pet stores and puppy mills. Several rescue groups also badly need foster parents, so you may consider fostering one or two until you decide for sure this is the breed for you! Good luck and I sincerely hope you do chose a "Pyr".....mine are the loves of my life (as any Pyr owner will also tell you about theirs)! There is no other breed like them!


Great Pyrenees are one of the best at the job of guardian of the flock or home. Pure size deters people and other dogs from chalengeing them. I have 10 of these dogs. I also breed them. My dogs are all working farm dogs. They guard my sheep and goats and alpacas etc. My dogs have killed coyotes and I watched one killed with only one bite to the back of the head. WOW. Then the girls shredded the bodys. While males went back to guarding. Was amazing to watch. Pups even watched and learned from female. They make great indoor protectors as well. They since danger and will alert to owners in distress. Do bark to warn off intruders. See my dogs at www.tbonesgreenacres.com


Great Pyrenees are one of the best at the job of guardian of the flock or home. Pure size deters people and other dogs from chalengeing them. I have 10 of these dogs. I also breed them. My dogs are all working farm dogs. They guard my sheep and goats and alpacas etc. My dogs have killed coyotes and I watched one killed with only one bite to the back of the head. WOW. Then the girls shredded the bodys. While males went back to guarding. Was amazing to watch. Pups even watched and learned from female. They make great indoor protectors as well. They since danger and will alert to owners in distress. Do bark to warn off intruders. See my dogs at www.tbonesgreenacres.com


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