Pyrenean herding dog with short hair face

Pyrenean herding dog with short hair face Breed description: Character & Co

Pyrenean herding dog with short hair face

Life expectancy
13 - 15

Profile: Pyrenean Sheepdog short-haired face - origin, history & suitability.

The Pyrenean Sheepdog Shorthaired Face, or in its French name "Berger des Pyrénées à face rase", is a traditional herding dog that originated in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain. Bred for centuries to herd flocks of sheep in this mountainous area, it is known for its ability to work in the harshest conditions.

References to this agile and robust herding dog can be found as early as the Middle Ages. He was valued for his endurance, intelligence and work ethic. The special variant with the short-haired face probably developed through selective breeding to be less prone to soiling and matting, which can be a challenge in the harsh mountain environment.


The Pyrenean Sheepdog is not only an excellent working dog, but has also made a name for itself as a family dog:

  • Activity: He needs regular exercise and mental stimulation. Ideal for active families or individuals who enjoy being outside.
  • Training: thanks to his intelligence, he learns quickly, but he also needs clear guidance and consistency.
  • Socialization: He gets along well with children and other pets as long as he is properly socialized from a young age.
  • Alertness: a natural guardian, he tends to be protective of his territory and family, which makes him a good watchdog.


The Pyrenean Sheepdog with a short-haired face is a fascinating combination of historic working dog and loving family companion. Its roots in the Pyrenees have given it a ruggedness and endurance rarely found in the modern world. With the right training and environment, he will shine as both a working dog and a loyal companion.

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Black Pyrenean shepherd dog against a white background Black Pyrenean shepherd dog against a white background
Alternate Name Berger des Pyrénées (Shorthaired), Pyrenean Shepherd Dog with Shorthaired Face, Berger des Pyrénées à face rase
Origin France
Life expectancy 13 - 15 years
Care requirements -
Activity level average to high
FCI group Sheepdogs
AKC group Herding Group
KC group not recognised

Basic character traits

The Pyrenean Sheepdog with a short-haired face stands out for its versatile nature:

  • Intelligence: Known for its quick perception, it is considered one of the most intelligent dog breeds.
  • Energetic: His background as a working dog makes him an active companion who needs regular exercise and mental challenges.
  • Loyalty: deeply attached to his family, he shows remarkable loyalty.

Social Behavior

His social skills are multi-faceted:

  • Child Friendly: With proper socialization, he often shows himself to be a patient and loving playmate for children.
  • Alertness: He is a natural protector, guarding his territory and family.
  • Compatibility with other animals: Although generally compatible, his herding instinct can come through, so early socialization with other pets is recommended.

Special traits in temperament

Some traits that make him special:

  • Independence: despite his attachment to the family, he can sometimes show an independent mind.
  • Willingness to work: he loves to have tasks and to work, be it in the form of games, training or herding tasks.
  • Adaptability: Even though he has his roots in the mountains, he can adapt well to different circumstances as long as his basic needs are met.


The Pyrenean Sheepdog with a short-haired face is a complex and fascinating companion. His character is a mixture of intelligence, loyalty and energy, which is why he needs both loving leadership and clear structures. With the right training, he will become a tireless, loyal and loving family member.


Care and health

Although the Pyrenean Sheepdog with a short coat is easier to care for than its long-haired relatives, there are still a few things to keep in mind:

  • Coat care: his short coat should be brushed regularly, at least once a week, to remove dead hair and keep the skin healthy.
  • Ears and eyes: these should be checked regularly for contamination or signs of infection.
  • Claws: If they do not wear down naturally, they should be clipped at regular intervals.

A hardy animal, the Pyrenean Sheepdog nevertheless shows some health vulnerabilities:

  • Hip dysplasia: A common condition in many dog breeds.
  • Eye diseases: Some lines may be prone to certain hereditary eye diseases.
  • Regular Examinations: It is recommended that regular veterinary checkups be performed to detect and treat health problems early.


If considering breeding or buying a Pyrenean Sheepdog from a breeder:

  • Genetic testing: these can help eliminate potential health problems from the breeding line.
  • Breeding standards: it is important to choose breeders who adhere to recognized breeding standards and put the welfare of the animal first.
  • Socialization: puppies should be socialized early and acclimated to different environments, sounds and people.


The Pyrenean Sheepdog with a short-haired face is a wonderful companion, but it needs regular care and attention regarding its health. Responsible breeding is crucial to ensure the long-term health and welfare of the breed.

Pyrenean shepherd dog standing

The coat of the Pyrenean Sheepdog with a short-haired face is short to medium in length, often rough, and comes in several color varieties, including fawn and merle.

  • Face: the face, as the name implies, is short-haired, highlighting its lively eyes and alert facial expressions.
  • General Appearance: His stature is slender and agile, while still appearing robust and hardy.

Height & Weight

Here are some basic statistical data:

  • Height:
    • Male: 40-48 cm
    • Females: 38-46 cm
  • Weight:
    • Male: 8-15 kg
    • females: 7-14 kg


The Pyrenean Sheepdog with a short-haired face is not only an active and intelligent companion, but also visually a real eye-catcher. His care is uncomplicated, but requires regular attention, especially in terms of grooming. His size and weight make him a medium-sized dog, yet light and agile.

Fur length medium
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Tilt-ear
Tail lang
Anatomy square
Size ♀ 40 - 52 cm
Weight ♀ 12 - 15 kg
Size ♂ 40 - 54 cm
Weight ♂ 13 - 16 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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