Pyrenean Mastiff Clubs
The Pyrenean Mastiff has a long history, he originated in Spain, throughout the southern slopes of the Pyrenean Mountains, stretching between Aragon to Navarra. He was once known as the “Navarra Mastiff (Mastin d’Aragon), he was bred by farmers who wanted a large dog as an all-purpose guardian for both property and sheep.
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Pyrenean Mastiff Description
The Pyrenean Mastiff comes as a ‘Molosser’ breed which implies that size and structure are of immense importance. The Pyrenean Mastiff is a very large dog with a thick, abundant, coarse, coat, slightly longer round the neck. He comes in most frequently seen colours of white with markings of any shade of grey, golden, badger, sand, black, or marble markings on the side of his head and ears. The Pyrenean Mastiff has double dew-claws.
Pyrenean Mastiff Health
Talk to the breeder and discuss health and medical records relating to the dog’s parentage. You should think seriously about obtaining a puppy if there are no official documented test certificates available (there could be very good reasons, some breeds do not require these) but ask the question. If in doubt, contact the Breed Club(s) found on this site for genuine helpful advice. Fact; Puppies purchased from “Pet Shop/Pet Superstores Outlets” are very likely to have inherited, from their puppy farmed-bred parents, serious life threatening health issues which do not show themselves until the puppy reaches around 6 to12 months of age. The puppies “Vet Certificate of good health”, given at time of purchase, isn’t worth the paper it is written on if that puppy is carrying and incubating diseases which will break-out sometime during the following days or weeks! – Ask your ‘own’ local Vet. about the dangers of buying a puppy from such places -Before you buy.
Pyrenean Mastiffs may live to 10 years
Pyrenean Mastiff Temperament
The Pyrenean Mastiff has a people loving temperament; he is very affectionate with his family and gentle with his family’s children. Making him a wonderful family pet for those who like giant breeds, that drool a bit! He is suspicious of people he does not know, until introduced; very protective of his family and property; he can be very aggressive when he thinks he or his family are threatened and he is capable of being a fierce fighter against a predator or another intimidating dog; against that, his very deep and resonating bark is sufficient to warn predators to stay away. The Pyrenean Mastiff is highly intelligent, powerful, alert and confident. He requires lots of mental and physical exercise for him to become the calm and loving family dog. Socialisation at a very early age can introduce the puppy to various people, places, noises, situations and other animals. A properly socialised puppy will mature into a friendly, confident, well-mannered adult.
Pyrenean Mastiff Exercise
Here are some guidelines how best to protect your puppy’s bones and joints throughout puppy hood into maturity – bearing in mind, over exercising, during the fist three to six months of age could be bearing too much strain upon his developing joints and bones. This could compromise the soundness expected in the adult dog. From, say, 10 weeks to 4 months, (after vaccination) he can be taken on short little walks once or twice a week plus 20 to 25 minutes playtime in the garden each morning and afternoon. This is quite adequate and a good start in exercising, training and socialising. At the same time, if you supply him with toys for playtime in the garden these will keep him entertained quite well to say nothing about the gentle exercise he will get from them. From 4 to 6 months of age he’s already growing stronger and can be taken to obedience classes and daily quarter mile walks, with breaks along the way. Finish with garden playtime and this will meet his exercising needs. From, say, 6 months to 12 months of age he is still a puppy but developing enough to extend the level of exercise to one hour playtime in the morning and another hour in the evenings, but not in any excessive heat of a summer’s day. You can now gradually increase the distance you walk, with breaks along the way. On reaching 8 to 12 months of age your puppy can begin to run with you, but keep the distance to about a mile, with breaks. As he continues to mature, you can increase the distance you walk or run. At any age, do not leave him outside during any excessively hot days and never leave him in your car on hot or warm days with windows down or not, its cruel and he could die from heat exhaustion within a very short time. Pease see this kennel Club video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK0zxTtHsaQ&feature=youtu.be
Pyrenean Mastiff Grooming
The Pyrenean Mastiff requires regular brushing, at least twice a week, in order to keep him looking and feeling good. However, he does moult and during this time he will require brushing every day to take away loose and dead hair. Attention, particularly at this time, should be made to look for and take out any matting to avoid irritation, sores and infection. Like all dogs, frequent attention to nails, teeth and ears can help prevent any health issues.
Pyrenean Mastiff Puppies for sale
The safest way for obtaining a sound and healthy Pyrenean Mastiff puppy is through a credible Breed Club Connection Member.