Collie Pyrenees

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60-90 lbs
22-29"
United Kingdom
Collie
Great Pyrenees
Border Pyrenees, Great Collie

The Collie Pyrenees is a sweet dog that is as big in size as in heart. The parent breeds of this dog, as said in the offspring’s name, is the Collie and the Great Pyrenees. They are calm and patient, making them good family dogs. Although these dogs can sometimes be tough to train, once they are trained these dogs are loyal and protective. This breed is easy to take care of, have low drooling levels and usually no doggie odor. The personality and physical characteristics of the breed will be a beautiful combination of the Collie and Great Pyrenees.

Purpose
Companion, Guard dog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Collie, Great Pyrenees

Collie Pyrenees Health

Average Size
Height: 24-32 inches Weight: 60-120 lbs
Height: 22-29 inches Weight: 60-90 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus
  • Optic Nerve Columba
Minor Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Entropion
  • Panosteitis
  • Pemphigus
  • Sunburn
  • Subaortic Stenosis
  • Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Occasional Tests
  • Physical Examination
  • Radiographs
  • Urinalysis
  • Joint Fluid Sample
  • Blood Work

Collie Pyrenees Breed History

Collies were bred as a working and herding dog that would drive, manage and herd livestock. It is unknown exactly where this breed was originally from, but it is assumed that centuries ago, these dogs were found in Northern England and Scotland. There is documentation stating that they were brought to the British Isles by Romans around 2000 years ago. Old Cockie is a dog that was born in 1867 and is thought to be the dog who specified the characteristics of the rough Collie. He was also suspected of introducing the sable colored coat to the breed. In 1873, a smooth Collie by the name of Trefoil was born. The smooth variety is descended from this dog. Queen Victoria discovered the breed while on a trip to Scotland. She adored and sponsored both varieties of the breed, which made them very popular during the 1860s and 1870s. Some believed that the Borzoi was part of the Collie mix and contributed to their long legs, slender muzzle and elegant silhouette. The breed became well known in the United States and was popular among the famous and the rich. They were imported from England for high prices, in a kennel that was established and owned by J.P. Morgan. Jump forward half a century, and the breed is on demand in Japan, which led to the importation of these dogs by American breeders. The popularity of the breed was revived in the 20th century when Queen Alexandra began breeding them. They are well known for starring in the popular series Lassie. In Europe sometime between 1800 and 1000 B.C., is when the Great Pyrenees had made its first appearance. They are thought to have originated and migrated with the Aryans from Siberia or Central Asia. They were descended from Mastiff type breeds, including the Maremma Sheepdog and the Hungarian Kuvasz. Between France and Spain in the Pyrenees Mountains is where the breed spent several thousand years with peasant shepherds. Their job was to guard flocks from predators such as wolves and bears, among others. Signs of these dogs were found in artwork from the Middle Ages. It was determined that the breed was used as guard dogs in the 1400s and followed jailers on their rounds. They were often used as property sentinels on manor grounds in southern France, and later on in the 1600s became popular among royalty. These dogs were crossbred with English Retrievers owned by English settlers when the French Settlers took them to the Canadian Maritime Provinces. This combination was used to create the Newfoundland and Landseer breeds. Wild predators began to diminish in the high mountains and consequently the breed began to lose popularity in France during the 19th century. These dogs were used as smugglers for contraband between France and Spain during the First World War.

Collie Pyrenees Breed Appearance

These dogs are big with a strong build. The bones are strong and the chests are wide. They have piercing eyes and triangularly shapes ears. They usually take on the long muzzles from the Collie parent. They will also have the high hindquarters and long stride. Their tails will be similar to that of the Great Pyrenees and will curl up over their backs when the dog gets excited. Collies come in two varieties; rough and smooth. The rough type has a long and fluffy coat, whereas the smooth type has shorter fur. In both types, these dogs are large and agile, with wedge shaped heads. Their ears are erect and fold forward, and the eyes are dark and almond shaped. Their tails are long and set low, and the chests are strong and wide. Great Pyrenees are big and shaggy pets that also have wedge shaped heads that are slightly rounded. The eyes are almond shaped and are usually dark. Their eye rims, noses and lips are black in color. 

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
White
Fawn
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Collie Pyrenees Breed Maintenance

The Collie Pyrenees will have a maintenance need that is similar to those of its parents. These dogs will need to be brushed about two times per week, but may vary depending on the coat type. If your dog has fur similar to that of rough Collie, they may need more maintenance than a dog who has the coat of a smooth Collie. The Collie will also need to be bathed every six to eight weeks. Great Pyrenees have thick coats that are surprisingly low maintenance, unless they are show dogs. Their fur is water and dirt resistant, which means that they should only be bathed when necessary. This breed should be brushed every two or three days, and should not be over brushed. Other care includes nail clipping which should be done one or two times per month. Brush your pet’s teeth two or three times each week minimum, or every day if possible. All dogs can get ear infections, which is why it is important to wipe them clean once a week. 

Brushes for Collie Pyrenees
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Collie Pyrenees Temperament

The Collie Pyrenees hybrid breed is smart and loyal, but is known to be aggressive. Because of these characteristics, this dog is not good with kids. This breed can be stubborn and are also independent thinkers. Because of this, they might be a challenge to train. However, with patience and consistency, these dogs can be taught obedience. Use positive reinforcement when training these dogs. This breed can be shy around people that they don’t know, and are also instinctive herding dogs. This means that they may try to herd other pets or family members. The Collie Pyrenees is also known to be a skilled guard dog. Collies are loyal and intelligent dogs who are wonderful family pets. The Great Pyrenees dog is observant and protective. They are patient with kids and good watchdogs. To ensure that you raise a calm and obedient pet, it is important to go through thorough training and socialization.

Collie Pyrenees Activity Requirements

Both of the parent breeds require roughly the same amount of exercise per day. Therefore, we can assume that the Collie Pyrenees will do well with the same amount. For these dogs, about 20 to 40 minutes of activity per day will be enough to keep them healthy and happy. This breed prefers colder climates and may not be as active when it is hot out.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
40 minutes

Collie Pyrenees Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

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