Long haired Pyrenean Shepherd Dog

Long haired Pyrenean Shepherd Dog Breed description: Character & Co

Long haired Pyrenean Shepherd Dog


Profile: Longhaired Pyrenean Sheepdog

The long-haired Pyrenean Sheepdog (also called "Berger des Pyrénées à poil long" or "Museau Normal") originated in the Pyrenees, a mountain range between France and Spain. For centuries it has been used by the mountain people as a herding dog. This breed of dog has evolved into an agile and hardy animal due to the demanding conditions of the mountains. Its history is closely linked to the sheep farming of the region.

Characteristics and appearance

  • Coat color: Mostly fawn, but can vary
  • Size: Medium sized, about 40-48 cm shoulder height
  • Weight: Between 8-15 kg
  • Coat: Long, dense and often wavy

Suitability and temperament

The Pyrenean Sheepdog is intelligent, alert and energetic. Thanks to its origins as a herding dog, it has a strong working zeal. Therefore, he is ideally suited for:

  • Dog sports such as agility and obedience.
  • Guarded activities on farms or large estates.
  • Family dog: If you spend a lot of time outdoors, this dog will be a loyal companion.

It is important that he receives sufficient activity. He needs regular exercise and mental challenges to be happy and balanced.


The long-haired Pyrenean Sheepdog is a historic and versatile breed. It has a deep connection to the mountainous regions of the Pyrenees and is known for its active temperament. With proper training and enough activity, he makes an excellent companion for active families or individuals. Note, however, that you should provide him with enough activity and training to make good use of his intelligence and energy.

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Alternate Name Berger des Pyrénées à poil long
Origin France
Life expectancy 8 - 10 years
Care requirements -
Activity level average to high
FCI group Sheepdogs
AKC group Herding Group
KC group not recognised

Longhaired Pyrenean Sheepdog - character and nature

The long-haired Pyrenean Sheepdog is known for its lively and intelligent nature. Originally bred to herd flocks in the harsh conditions of the Pyrenees, it displays an impressive combination of endurance, eagerness and alertness.

Temperament and Interaction

  • Active and energetic: this dog is always on the move and looking for tasks.
  • Loyal to his family: he bonds strongly with his people and always wants to be near them.
  • Cautious of strangers: a typical characteristic of herding dogs, he may be reserved or suspicious at first.

Interaction with other animals

Thanks to his herding dog genes, the Pyrenean Sheepdog often shows a strong herding instinct. This can lead to him trying to "herd" other pets or even children. It is important to keep this in mind and correct it through training if necessary.

Learning Ability and Training

You will find that this German Shepherd is very eager to learn. His intelligence coupled with his energy means that he will benefit from consistent, varied training. Positive reinforcement works especially well with this breed.

Final Thoughts

The long-haired Pyrenean Sheepdog is not only eye-catching, but also a loyal and intelligent companion. His active nature and bonding ability make him an ideal companion for active individuals or families who have the time and energy to keep him properly occupied and trained.


Care and health

The dense and long coat of the long-haired Pyrenean Sheepdog requires regular grooming:

  • Weekly brushing: to prevent matting and knots, it should be thoroughly brushed at least once a week.
  • Regular eye and ear check: this prevents infections and other problems.
  • Claw trimming: Necessary every few weeks depending on wear and tear.

The long-haired Pyrenean Sheepdog is generally hardy and healthy. However, there are some health problems that can occur in the breed:

  • Hip dysplasia: A common condition in many medium to large dog breeds.
  • Eye diseases: Some individuals may be prone to certain eye problems.
  • Regular vet visits are recommended to catch potential health problems early.

Breeding the Longhaired Pyrenean Sheepdog.

If you are interested in breeding this impressive sheepdog, there are a few things to consider:

  • BreedingRequirements: Many breed associations require health exams and certifications to minimize genetic diseases.
  • Selection of a suitable mate: The genetic background and health of both parents should be thoroughly checked.
  • Puppy Care: The first weeks of a puppy's life are critical. You are expected to provide optimal conditions for the mother and her puppies.
Long haired Pyrenean Shepherd portrait photo

The Longhaired Pyrenean Sheepdog presents with an elegant muscular stature and an expressive face. His ears are medium sized and slightly v-shaped, often being carried semi-standing. His eyes radiate intelligence and curiosity.

The coat is dense, often wavy but not curly. It provides him with natural protection against the elements.

Size and weight

The proportions of the long-haired Pyrenean Sheepdog are harmonious and balanced.

  • Size:
    • Males: approx. 42-48 cm.
    • Bitches: approx. 40-46 cm
  • Weight:
    • Males: approx. 12-15 kg
    • bitches: approx. 10-13 kg


The long-haired Pyrenean Sheepdog impresses not only with its majestic appearance, but also with its dense, beautiful coat that requires regular grooming. In terms of size and weight, this breed is in the middle segment and shows a remarkable harmony in its physical constitution. Proper care and knowledge of its physical characteristics will help you to experience this breed in its full beauty.

Fur length long
Fur -
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail lang
Anatomy sporty
Size ♀ 40 - 46 cm
Weight ♀ 6 - 14 kg
Size ♂ 42 - 48 cm
Weight ♂ 6 - 14 kg
Suitable For -
  • Hip dysplasia (HD)

    Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.

  • Epilepsy

    Definition: Dog has epilepsy if, for example, at least two epileptic seizures occur more than 24 hours apart.

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