Great Pyrenees (AKC, UKC)
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.
He was also a valued sentry for fortresses and chateaux where his immense strength, around-the-clock vigilance, innate ability to discriminate between friend and foe, and utter fearlessness made him worth his 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. Despite his size, he makes an ideal house pet, being the perfect all-round dog for town or country and is a gentle playmate for children. His splendid white jacket requires regular grooming but no trimming.