Great Cambrian Shepherd:Pyrenean Mountain Dog and Welsh sheepdog Mix

Hybrid Breed

Pyrenean Mountain Dog + Welsh sheepdog


Origin and history

The Great Cambrian Shepherd is a hybrid breed resulting from the crossing of two traditional breeds: the Pyrenean Mountain Dog and the Welsh Sheepdog. Both pedigrees go deep into history, with breeding practiced especially in Western Europe since the Middle Ages.

Suitability and keeping

The cross between these breeds makes an excellent working and family dog. The Great Cambrian Shepherd is known for its loyalty and guarding instinct. This breed has a natural ability to herd and protect flocks, so it is particularly well suited to rural areas.

Although the Great Cambrian Shepherd is lovable and family-friendly, he requires a lot of exercise and training due to his high energy levels. For this reason, he may not be suitable for city living or for families who do not have an active lifestyle.

Alternate Name -
Origin France - UK
Life expectancy 10 - 15 years
Care requirements high-maintenance
Activity level high
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

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Possible Character Traits

Excellent willingness to work and a high protective instinct are two dominant traits in the Great Cambrian Shepherd. He is intelligent and adaptive, making him an ideal working dog for livestock guarding. His ancestors, both the Pyrenean Mountain Dog and the Welsh Sheepdog, are known for their working efficiency.

  • Pyrenean Mountain Dog: An excellent guard dog, famous for its courage and loyalty.
  • Welsh Sheepdog: A tireless worker, known for its intelligence and love of work.

On the other hand, the Great Cambrian Shepherd can be a bit independent, which can be attributed to the dominant nature of the Pyrenean Mountain Dog. This stubbornness can be curbed early on with consistent training and sufficient mental and physical stimulation.

Training the Great Cambrian Shepherd

Like all dogs, the Great Cambrian Shepherd requires consistent training and social interaction. He has a strong herding instinct, so it is important to socialize him early to avoid excessive alertness or aggression.

Health and precaution

The Great Cambrian Shepherd is a healthy and robust animal. However, as with many large breeds, certain health problems can occur, including hip dysplasia, cataracts and skin problems. Regular veterinary checks are therefore essential to detect and treat these early.

With its thick and soft coat, the Great Cambrian Shepherd requires regular and intensive grooming. The coat should be thoroughly brushed at least once a week to prevent matting and shedding. Bathing is necessary only when needed, as frequent bathing can dry out the skin and cause irritation.

As a working animal, the Great Cambrian Shepherd needs plenty of physical and mental stimulation. Daily long walks or running games are therefore essential. Diet also plays an important role. The dog should be fed a balanced and nutritious diet that meets its energy needs.

Breeding the Great Cambrian Shepherd

When breeding the Great Cambrian Shepherd, genetics and health are crucial factors. Potential breeders should always look for a certified and healthy pedigree to maintain breed standards and minimize potential health problems.

The appearance of the Great Cambrian Shepherd varies depending on which parent is more dominant. They are known for their elegant and powerful build, which reflects their willingness to work. Their eyes are lively and expressive, adding to their charming allure.

On average, they reach a height of 55 to 70 cm. The weight of this dog also varies, but is generally between 30 and 40 kg.

Fur length medium
Fur - flat coated
Ear shape Triangle - Standing Ears
Tail fanned out
Anatomy rugged, massive, slim, sporty
Size ♀ 38 - 74 cm
Weight ♀ 12 - 41 kg
Size ♂ 40 - 82 cm
Weight ♂ 12 - 54 kg
Suitable For -
  • Elbow dysplasia (ED)

    Elbow joint dysplasia is a chronic disease complex of the elbow joint of fast growing dog breeds.

  • Eye infections

    Chronic eye infections can be very painful in dogs and can be treated with medication. In rare cases, the cornea must be treated.

  • A Great Cambrian Shepherd is a hybrid breed created by crossing a Pyrenean Mountain Dog and a Welsh Sheepdog.

  • These mixed breeds are very intelligent, persistent and attentive. They are alert and loyal and have a strong work ethic.

  • Since this hybrid breed is a crossbreed, potential owners can expect some hereditary diseases as well as allergies and other health problems that are already known in the parent breeds.

  • It is important to provide him with proper exercise conditions, regular walks, mental stimulation and consistent education. This hybrid breed should be kept in an active environment where it is challenged physically and mentally.

  • Yes, these hybrid breeds can be kept in an apartment as long as they get plenty of exercise and exercise on a regular basis. However, it is important to note that this hybrid breed still requires space and may not be suitable in a small apartment.

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