Pyrenean Mastiff

The highly intelligent Pyrenean Mastiff, originally a mountain dog from the Spanish Aragonese Pyrenees, is often confused with its close cousin the Pyrenean Mountain Dog or the St Bernard. Generally calm and gentle, this huge dog is a loving and devoted pet, and is also an excellent guard dog.

Character

Like all livestock guardian dogs, the Pyrenean Mastiff combines qualities of gentleness so as to bond with the animals under its care, and ferocity in their protection. Besides these basic qualities, this dog has character by the bucketful – it's independent and self-reliant, calm and stable, smart, devoted, and full of fun. It's also serious about doing its job well, and has a big, deep, resounding bark to remind you that it's not going to be easygoing if you threaten anybody or anything it feels is under its protection.

Pedigree and breeding

The Pyrenean Mastiff is one of the big Molosser breeds, whose origins are lost in the mists of time. These dogs were originally bred as...

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