Pyrenean Mastiff

The Pyrenean Mastiff is a large dog, with an imposing and muscular appearance. Its coat is dense and moderately long, with predominantly white colors and well defined spots. It is a loving and noble dog, with remarkable courage and fighting ability.

General details

The Pyrenean Mastiff is a breed of large size and compact skeleton. The height varies between 50 and 70 centimeters, and the weight ranges between 55 and 110 kilograms. The life expectancy of the breed is 10 to 13 years. The Pyrenean Mastiff belongs to Group 2 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which groups together Pinscher and Schnauzer type dogs, Molossers, mountain type dogs and Swiss Cattle Dogs.

Breed history in brief

The Pyrenean Mastiff is an ancient breed of dog native to the mountainous region of the Pyrenees in the Iberian Peninsula. Its history goes back centuries, where it was used as a guardian and protector of livestock in the mountain pastures. These mastiffs were prized for their imposing size and bravery in the face of predators such as bears and wolves. Over the years, the Pyrenean Mastiff has been recognized by both the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which has helped preserve and promote this unique breed. Today, the Pyrenean Mastiff is valued as a loyal and devoted companion dog, as well as an excellent guardian and protector of its family and home.

Breed characteristics

The Pyrenean Mastiff is a large, powerful and well-proportioned dog. It has a large, strong head, with small, almond-shaped, hazel eyes. The ears are medium-sized, drooping and triangular in shape. Its tail is thick and flexible, at rest, it hangs downwards, while in movement it rises in the shape of a saber with a slight thread at its end. Its coat is dense, thick and moderately long. The length of the coat is longer in certain areas such as the back, neck, belly and behind the arms and legs, as well as on the tail tuft. The basic color of the coat is white, always with a well-defined mask. The Pyrenean Mastiff is characterized by its affectionate and noble character. They are brave, highly intelligent and docile dogs. In their interactions with other dogs, they are friendly and aware of their unique power. Their bark is deep and deep.

Common health problems

Information on the most common diseases in the Pyrenean Mastiff breed is very limited. Even so, it is likely that it is predisposed to suffer from some of the most common disorders in dogs such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, volvulus-gastric dilatation and progressive retinal atrophy.

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