If you're interested in a large breed ideal for guarding and companionship, the Great Pyredane is a combination of nature’s gentle giant, the Great Dane, and the stunning and remarkably friendly Great Pyrenees. Both giant breeds are large in size and elegant in appearance, making for a stunning hybrid.
Great Pyrenees are family-oriented dogs who are well-mannered towards children. Though calm and independent, they can be stubborn and do tend to act dominating toward insecure owners, as they're bred to guard and protect. Great Danes, similarly, do well with other pets and generally all family members. These rambunctious hunters require obedience training but make for comforting companions.
When it comes to exercise requirements, Great Pyredanes need moderate exercise, at least an hour each day. Great Danes are known for their pulling, strength, and power, which is something to be aware of when walking. A fault of the Great Pyrenees is their tendency to wander while off-leash. That being said, be prepared to purchase a good walking harness to maintain control while marveling at the great outdoors.
Like any traditional hide-and-seek game, a treasure hunt is one that mentally stimulates your pooch by putting their olfactory and tracking skills to the test. This activity requires minimal energy on part of the owner, with the only requirement being introducing and hiding the toy or treat. Finding places to hide the toy does require creativity, though, especially if this isn't your pup's first "walk in the park," so to speak.
Remember, Great Pyredanes, like all dogs, have superior olfactory abilities coupled with the innate hunting traits of the Great Dane and intelligence of the Great Pyrenees. The more rounds you play, the more you'll stimulate your pooch. Playing for a minimum of 15 minutes is recommended; however, it's easy to continue for hours without your pup getting bored.
An easy and effective method for giving a Great Pyredane an adequate exercise session is bringing them to the water. Both wading and swimming are "paw-fect" ways to work the legs. Most Great Pyredanes enjoy the water, but each dog is their own and will react to the "op-paw-tunity" differently. Some may jump right on in, exploring without hesitation, while others may take their time getting used to the new setting.
Check out local beaches or lakes to make sure dogs are allowed to swim. Some locations may be free, while others may require a day pass fee. Be ready to spend at least 30 minutes at the beach, giving your Great Pyredane enough time to release any built-up energy.
As Great Pyredanes require a moderate amount of exercise, daily walks are recommended. Adding weight to any walk is a "fur-tastic" way to enhance the difficulty of the task. Weighted walks simply require purchasing a vest for your Great Pyredane that can be worn while walking. Vests can be found at local pet shops, but the prices vary depending on the size and quality. Speak to a knowledgeable associate if assistance is needed. Most products have size and weight information conveniently listed for consumers.
Using a weight is really the only difference between a weighted walk and a regular walk. The use of the weight will force the Pyredane to exert additional energy while using their strength, giving them more of a workout. If you decide to go for a long walk, hike, or run, bring water along to stay hydrated.
The Great Pyredane is an intelligent combination of two giant breeds: the Great Dane and Great Pyrenees. Characterized as having both natural hunting and guarding capabilities, this large breed makes a loving companion to all family members, including children.
When it comes to their energy levels, Great Pyredanes require adequate exercise for at least an hour a day. Enhancing their exercise with physically and mentally stimulating activities is one way to prevent boredom and rambunctious behavior. Swimming, adding weight to walks, or taking a Pyredane on a hike are some options for physical exertion. Using retrieving or hiding activities are other methods ideal for stimulating a Great Pyredane mentally. Overall, these friendly giants are easy to please and eager to play -- making it simple to find ways to entertain them!