top of page

About Great Pyrenees

We at Sandollar Farms were looking for a livestock guardian dog to protect our herd of suri alpacas and after much research settled on the Great Pyrenees.


The Great Pyrenees is a large, thickly coated, and immensely powerful working dog bred to deter sheep-stealing wolves and other predators on snowy mountaintops. It is one of the oldest breeds known to man, which appeared in Europe between 1800 and 1000 bc and originally used in the Pyrenees Mountains to guard flocks of sheeps from wolves and bears; and to be a companion to shepherds.  Thus, it is a very ferocious dog to predators but a very sociable dog around its humans.


Great Pyrs were brought to the United States by the Marquis de Lafayette.  They are steady, even-tempered dogs who are highly intelligent, but may be difficult to train, as they were bred to think for themselves and they’re not fond of being told what do do.


Great Pyrs today are mellow companions and vigilant guardians of home and family. Frequently described as 'majestic,' Great Pyrs are big, immensely strong mountain dogs standing as high as 32 inches at the shoulder and often tipping the scales at more than 100 pounds. These steadfast guardians usually exhibit a Zen-like calm, but they can quickly spring into action and move with grace and speed to meet a threat. The lush weatherproof coat is all white, or white with markings of beautiful shades of gray, tan, reddish-brown, or badger.

bottom of page