The Golden Pyrenees: A Complete Guide

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The perfect mix of the gentle Golden Retriever and the watchful Great Pyrenees, the Golden Pyrenees is the ideal dog for anyone looking for all the qualities that a dog should have.

Great with families and children and very attentive towards your safety, the Golden Pyrenees is commonly described as a “giant” canine.

But this is indeed a giant with a soft heart, for it loves to play with its humans and will even make friends with other animals, including cats!

The Golden Pyrenees, or the Great Retriever, is a strong and energetic canine that will need to be trained by an experienced dog owner.

Additionally, it is not suitable for apartment dwellers, because they will grow into their bigger form very quickly and will thus require a lot of open space to move about.

Having said that, owners of the Golden Pyrenees can rest assured that as long as they can manage to keep their pet active, which is a bonus in itself because it will, in turn, keep you fit as well, this pooch will fit right into your family.

As with all dogs that belong to mixed breeds, one can never be too sure of what to expect.

Will the Golden Pyrenees take after the looks of its Retriever parent? Or will it inherit the personality of the Great Pyrenees?

These are all questions that arise whenever one is looking for a crossbreed, which is why this guide was custom-made for people looking for guidance towards the matter.

In this guide, you will find the answers to all your questions, including where to get a Golden Pyrenees from and how to properly train it to make it your loyal best friend.

The Golden Pyrenees Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Golden Pyrenees enjoying the sun
The Golden Pyrenees is a perfect guard dog.

All prospective dog owners should do their homework about some basic information on the breed that they’re looking to buy.

  • Can I afford a Golden Pyrenees puppy?
  • Where will I find an honest breeder for this breed?
  • Will I be able to adjust to living with a Golden Pyrenees?

All of these questions need to be answered before you decide to bring home a Golden Pyrenees puppy

What price are the Golden Pyrenees puppies?

Whenever one looks for a mixed breed, it is always good to look at the individual average prices of its parent breeds to get an idea of how much the puppy could cost.

Usually, a Golden Pyrenees pup would cost relatively lower than its parents, but before we look into the price of a puppy of this kind, let us take a look at how much the parents cost.

On average, a pedigree Golden Retriever puppy can cost you anything from $500 to up to $5000, depending on the quality.

A pet store pup will definitely fall within the lower range, while a show quality puppy with papers can reach a higher price.

Interestingly, the Great Pyrenees also belongs to a similar price range, with a starting price of $600.

Therefore, you can expect to pay at least a starting price that will fall between $350 to $400.

The price that is quoted to you can be higher than that, depending on the breed and his/ her locality.
How to find reputable Golden Pyrenees breeders?

Finding a breeder, especially for a mixed breed, is not as simple a task as walking into a pet store and bringing home a new puppy.

When looking for a Golden Pyrenees breeder, there will be some factors that you would need to take into consideration.

Do not fall for services that seem to be convenient and less time-consuming for you.

Adding a pet to your family is a huge decision, and one which requires a lot of thought, time, and effort put into it.

Online payment via credit card, or a readily available stock of multiple litters, or promises of having a puppy with the exact description as specified by you, are all red flags that often mean that you need to avoid that breeder.

All of these factors will help you tell apart a good breeder from a bad one, and save yourself from dishonest breeders who will charge you unnecessarily high prices.

Amongst the signs that attest to the sincerity of a breeder is, most importantly, that you are provided with the papers and medical documentation of not only the puppy but of both parent dogs as well.

All honest breeders have one thing in common: they get their dogs checked and tested for any health issues, and have the related documents ready before making the sale.

You will also be able to confirm that a breeder is genuine if he or she tells you about a particular health disease that any of the dogs have been through, and provides a guarantee that the canine has been cleared of that ailment.

3 Little-known facts about the Golden Pyrenees puppies

Read these interesting, little-known facts about Golden Pyrenees pups:

  • You will have to show it that you’re the pack leader

Due to its genes, the Golden Pyrenees tend to be a single-minded dog that will rather act on its own will instead of paying heed to the guidance of an inconsistent trainer.

However, this does not make this a difficult-to-train pet.

In fact, as long as you are consistent, patient, and teach your pet obedience from the very beginning, you will have no trouble raising a well-mannered and loyal dog that will look at you as a pack leader.

  • This breed is more suited for cold climates

The Golden Pyrenees are genetically accustomed to low temperatures.

Therefore, do not leave your dog in hot conditions for extended periods.

Although it can withstand heat, you will need to ensure that it gets sufficient water and shade and is kept in hot climates for short periods.

  • The Golden Pyrenees is a shedding dog

If you do not have any problem brushing your pet’s coat over and over again every day to keep it healthy and shiny, you will enjoy grooming the Golden Pyrenees.

However, this may not be the right pet for those of you who detest cleaning up their pet’s shedding around the house.

Physical Traits of the Golden Pyrenees

The Golden Pyrenees standing outside
The Golden Pyrenees loves playing with children.

The Golden Pyrenees is a huge dog with some outstanding measurements.

Find out how much this dog measures on a weight and height scale.

How big is a full-grown Golden Pyrenees?

The Golden Pyrenees is recognized as a giant dog breed.

On average, you can expect it to weigh anywhere between 75 and 120 pounds. Interestingly, some members of this breed are also known to grow up to a startling 220 pounds.

Moreover, this dog is longer than it is tall. Despite that, it can reach up to 32 inches in height, which is only a bit less than an astounding 3 feet for a dog.

What is the life expectancy of the Golden Pyrenees?

The Great Pyrenees has a normal lifespan of approximately 10 to 13 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Golden Pyrenees

The temperament and personality of the Golden Pyrenees largely depend on the genes that it inherits from each of its opposing parent personalities.

While the Golden Retriever was originally meant to serve retrieving purposes (usually for hunters), the Great Pyrenees was bred as a guard dog to protect herds of cattle against dangerous animals like wolves.

Thus arises the split in personalities of the two breeds; while the Golden Retriever is gentle and overly friendly with all humans, the Great Pyrenees has an inherently wary attitude towards strangers.

So what should you expect from the offspring of these breeds? The Golden Pyrenees is affectionate and enthusiastic.

While this dog is not entirely difficult to train, it is notorious for its habit of “selective deafness”, where it can choose to ignore your commands if it has its focus towards some other object of interest.

Therefore, this dog bears a risk for first-timers, who will benefit themselves by enrolling their pet in obedience training programs to ensure proper obedience and socialization training.

One of the most important things you need to do when training a Golden Pyrenees pup is to be firm and earn its obedience.

On the whole, this dog has a calm and peaceful demeanor, but playtime with children should be monitored since the dog can knock over toddlers, owing to its large, muscular body.

Otherwise, you can expect the affection of a Golden Retriever and the protective, guarding qualities of the Great Pyrenees to be present in the personality of your Golden Pyrenees pet.

The Golden Pyrenees Diet

A Golden Pyrenees with a snack
The Golden Pyrenees should not be kept in an apartment.

Any kind of dog food that is well suited for the parent breeds will be good for a Golden Pyrenees, as long as it is of high quality.

Dog food that is generally available in stores and meant for large breeds with such energy levels will be best for your Golden Pyrenees.

Having said that, as with all pets, you should consult a professional vet to decide which diet is best to provide your dog with ample nourishment.

How much Exercise does a Golden Pyrenees need?

The Golden Pyrenees is an energetic canine that will require vigorous movement every day to keep it physically and mentally stimulated.

Additionally, due to its tendency to become overweight, the weight of the Golden Pyrenees will need to be kept in check and at a healthy level.

This can be done by taking it on daily walks, taking it with you on regular jogs, and playing dog games like fetch, making it catch a ball, playing tug of war, etc.

Any physical activity will benefit your dog. A good routine to follow is to allow it at least two hours of brisk exercise every day.

To aid with socialization, frequent the dog park to let your pet mingle with others of its kind, and thus be more accepting of other humans and animals.

Due to its boisterous energy and its ample size, the Golden Pyrenees will require large areas for it to move about freely.

However, make sure that you keep a close eye on your pet to ensure that it does not run far away.

For this purpose, a fenced-in, enclosed area, like a yard or a lawn, will be the perfect playground for your Golden Pyrenees.

The Golden Pyrenees Health and Conditions

All in all, the Golden Pyrenees is a healthy breed.

That being said, all crossbred canines are at risk of inheriting genetic health concerns.

The best way to predict, and in turn, prevent, any health troubles in your dog is to see which congenital diseases could come from either the Great Pyrenees or the Golden Retriever.

Golden Retrievers are prone to the following diseases:

  • Cancer
  • Eye problems
  • Heart problems
  • Skin problems
  • Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Hip dysplasia

On the other side of the family tree, the Great Pyrenees can develop health issues like:

  • Bloating
  • Bone cancer
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Luxated Patella
  • Skin problems

Considering the aforementioned concerns, you should look out for any indicators for these health issues, and ask a vet about the possible prevention methods.

Males vs Female

Both male and female Golden Pyrenees dogs are loving, loyal, friendly and easy to train and look after.

For that reason, there’s definitely no right or wrong answer in terms of which gender of the Golden Pyrenees is right for you.

Instead, just having some decent understanding of the subtle gender differences you’ll be expecting to find is all you really need.

That’s not just the physical differences either, which are easy to distinguish – females are usually smaller and lighter in weight than males of this breed.

It all comes down to the mindset of the animal and how that’s shaped by its gender. So for example, the male Golden Pyrenees looks upon his master as a trusted confidant and best friend.

Often this dog will latch onto one member of your family especially, usually another male – but not always.

Wherever that favorite goes, or the whole family goes, the male Golden Pyrenees wants to be.

He hates being separated from the pack, as it were, and is content enough just curled up in his blanket while you watch a movie. Just being in the same room is enough.

The female Golden Pyrenees, by contrast, is a little shyer, but also more content to keep her own company – so there’s less pressure on your family to always include her in everything.

However, she’s fond of praise and attention and expects to cheerfully bask in some affection and praise if you haven’t seen her all day and are just coming home.

My final thoughts on the Golden PyreneesA Golden Pyrenees lying on the floor looking at you

People looking for a dog that will not only gel in with their family like it has been a part of it since forever but will also guard their home, are the perfect candidates for this breed.

Our final word on this breed is that the Golden Pyrenees gives owners the best of both worlds by inheriting some of the most desirable qualities of its two popular parents.

Not usually suited for apartment life, this is the ultimate companion for active people to have by their side.

With a regal appearance and a gentle, soothing aura, the Golden Pyrenees will fill up your home with love and happiness, even if it is simply by curling up in the comfort of your lap.

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