What Are the Characteristics of a Great Pyrenees Mix?

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The temperament of a mixed-breed dog can encompass a wide spectrum of traits specific to whichever breeds were used in the cross. Prospective buyers or adopters should research these traits to gain an understanding of how the mixed-breed dog may behave. The Great Pyrenees is an especially loyal, protective breed notable for its courage.

The Great Pyrenees is robust and large, capable of reaching a height of more than 30 inches and weighing up to 100 pounds. It has a double coat that requires regular brushing. Shedding can be problematic due to this additional layer. While both males and females have limited manes, this additional fur is more noticeable in males.

The Great Pyrenees can be wary of strangers but develops a strong bond once it trusts someone. Due to its gentle nature, this dog is especially good with children, although socialization with other humans is encouraged from an early age. The strong personality of the Great Pyrenees can lead to behavioral issues if the dog is not reigned in by a dominant owner. Firmness, confidence and patience are keys in gaining the dog's respect. The Great Pyrenees is not suited for small dwellings and can be destructive indoors. A fenced-in, medium or large yard is recommended.