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Smooth-faced Pyrenean Shepherd

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Breed
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Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
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Original Name : Berger des Pyrénées à face rase

Type : Lupoid

Other Names : Pyrenean, Sheepdog

Male size : 15¾-21¼ inches

Female size : 15¾- 20½ inches

Degree of grooming :

Countries of origin : France

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This variety of Pyrenean Shepherd is primarily found in the Pyrenean foothills where it was “highly appreciated by horse-dealers and cattle-drovers,” according to Bernard Sénac-Lagrange (1927 yearbook). The qualities that distinguish it from other types of Pyrenean Sheepdogs earned it an appendix to the breed standard in the 1920’s.

Head+

Furnished with short, fine hair, which is where it gets its name.

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Body+

A little shorter than the long-haired variety, almost describing a square.

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Coat+

Fawn, gray, harlequin (blue flecked with black), black. Solid colors are preferred.

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Ears+

The lower part of the ears must be pricked and mobile. Ideally, the top third or even half of the ear should fall forward or to the side.

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Tail+

Well fringed and not too long, set fairly low and forming a hook at the tip.

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Hair+

The hair on the body is of medium length or shorter. It is longest on the neck and withers (around 2½ inches), and on the median line of the back (1-2 inches).

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All told, smooth-faced Pyrenean Shepherds have the same characteristics as the long-haired variety. Distinguishing features are the skull, which is almost as broad as it is long, the muzzle, which is a little shorter than the skull but longer than the rough-faced varieties; the body, which is almost equal to the height, and the distance from elbow to ground, which is greater than half the height at the withers.This is a lively, obedient breed, which may however be mistrustful of strangers.

Did you know ?

Those that love the breed will not fail to tell you that these dogs need a lot of daily exercise, and that they demand education and socialization efforts from a very early age.

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