Pyrador

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70-90 lbs
23-27"
Unknown
Great Pyrenees
Labrador Retriever
Labrenees

The Pyrador is the intentional offspring between the most popular dog in the United States, the Labrador Retreiver, and the Great Pyrenees, a loyal and protective guardian of sheep from the mountains that border France and Spain. These are very large dogs that are typically more cooperative and trainable than the Great Pyrenees, but more discriminating and naturally protective than the Labrador Retriever. Although this crossbreed will fit well into many different household and environmental situations, it is generally too large and active for most apartment buildings and will be more likely to thrive in a larger home with a yard to run in. 

Purpose
Companion, Hunting Dog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Great Pyrenees and Labrador Retriever

Pyrador Health

Average Size
Height: 25-29 inches Weight: 80-100 lbs
Height: 23-27 inches Weight: 70-90 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Deafness
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Wobbler's Syndrome
  • Bleeding Disorder
  • Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
  • Osteochondrodysplasia
  • Atopy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemophilia
  • Panosteitis
  • Sebaceous Adenitis (SA)
  • Canine Diabetes Mellitus (DM)
  • Leukodstrophies
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • BAER Testing
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Chest X-rays
  • Myelography (Dye And X-Ray to Assess The Spinal Cord)
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Pyrador Breed History

The Pyrador is a designer dog, the intentional crossbreed between an exceptional guardian of sheep from the Pyrenees mountains, and the Labrador Retriever, a good-natured hunting dog and the most popular breed of dog in the United States 26 years in a row. The Labrador Retriever has a long history as a sporting dog, with an ancestry we can only guess at. While we do know that the Labrador is one of many retrieving dogs that were descended from the St. John’s dog, a tireless worker that retrieved nets, ropes, and even fish from the oceans for the fishermen of the area, we don’t know how the St. John’s dog itself came to be. We do know that in the 1800s two breeders of St. John's dogs, James Harris and Walter Scott, both began breeding programs to develop the St. John’s into a capable gun dog.  To that end, James Harris gave two of his male retrievers to Walter Scott, which, when bred with the dogs at Mr. Scott’s kennels, gave rise to the Labrador Retriever. The Great Pyrenees is a much older breed even  than the Labrador Retriever; these dogs have been guarding sheep for thousands of years from the bears, wolves, and lynx that used to populate the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain, and are speculated to be the descendants of large white dogs that existed as flock guardians Asia Minor somewhere around ten to eleven thousand years ago. Although there are still some Great Pyrenees dogs guarding the sheep of the cold and remote Pyrenees mountains, as the populations of large predators in the area declined, these dogs diversified and were frequently employed as guard dogs for people and property and as jailer’s dogs. These dogs became so valued in this capacity that in the 1600s they were labelled the Royal Dog of France by Dauphin Louis XIV. 

Pyrador Breed Appearance

This is a large hybrid, occasionally venturing into the giant category, with an imposing and athletic build. The body of this crossbreed is typically slightly longer than it is tall and their skulls are generally somewhat broad and slightly wedge-shaped, with a proportionate muzzle that is wide and deep enough to safely carry game birds through water without damaging them. Their medium-sized, almond-shaped eyes can come in any shade of brown as well as hazel, and although some may have the short, triangular ears of the Great Pyrenees, most have the slightly longer ears of the Labrador which hang down generally to or just below the cheekbones to frame the face. They typically sport a double layer coat with a thick, coarse layer of protective fur covering a short, dense undercoat, although those that favor the Great Pyrenees will have a longer, more copious coat, while those that favor the Labrador’s coat will have greater ability to repel water.  

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

Pyrador Breed Maintenance

The grooming requirements for this canine are relatively uncomplicated and don’t require a large time commitment. Although these dogs will need baths a couple of times a year, and when they get into anything dirty or smelly, they shouldn’t be bathed too often to prevent a loss of natural oils to the coat and irritation to the skin. Brushing sessions should take place at least weekly, although a few times a week is best to ensure that all of the dead hair is removed and the coat stays shiny and healthy. It is also important to be sure that the Pyrador’s ears are kept clean and dry and are checked for infections or irritation on a regular basis.  

Brushes for Pyrador
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pyrador Temperament

The Pyrador is typically a friendly canine, although they may tend to be a little more aloof and suspicious towards strangers than the parent breed of the Labrador, so positive socialization is of particular importance to the outgoing nature for this mix. This hybrid is usually positively disposed toward children, although they are quite large and can sometimes inherit the enthusiasm of the Labrador Retriever breed, so all interactions with smaller children should be closely supervised, particularly when the canine is in their awkward adolescent stage. They should get along quite well with the members of their family, both human and otherwise, but the Great Pyrenees may influence some dogs to exhibit territorial behaviors towards outsiders. While these dogs are generally quite intelligent, the trainability of this crossbreed can be variable; those that favor the Labrador Retriever are very eager to please and quick to learn, however, some may inherit the more independent nature and strong will of the Great Pyrenees, and will be more challenging to train. 

Pyrador Activity Requirements

While the Labrador Retriever is an extremely athletic and very active dog, the more moderate pace of the Great Pyrenees helps to lessen the daily exercise requirement somewhat for this hybrid. The Pyrador is usually quite content with about an hour of vigorous activity a day, although this is most effective when broken down into a few smaller chunks throughout the day. This hybrid is also likely to enjoy swimming and water sports, which can help to strengthen the canine’s cardiovascular system and muscles without causing the stress to the bones and joints that most activities do and may reduce this dog’s chances of developing hip and elbow dysplasia in the long term. 

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

Pyrador Food Consumption

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

Pyrador Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 65 lbs
Height: 21 inches Weight: 55 lbs
12 Months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 80 lbs
Height: 24 inches Weight: 70 lbs
18 Months
Height: 27 inches Weight: 90 lbs
Height: 25 inches Weight: 80 lbs

Pyrador Owner Experiences

Stuart
2 Years
2 People
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He was very standoffish as a puppy but became overly affectionate. He has separation anxiety any time we leave the house. he's very smart and socializes well with other animals, children and adults we introduce him to but goes into guardian mode at the house.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Snoop Dawg
10 Months
2 People
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Great companion full of energy love raiding our garbage,he gets along with our 3 cats and plays great with our older Shiba Anu.
1 month, 1 week ago
Tiberius
5 Years
4 People
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Our first Pyrador is our first rescue. He is so calm and stoic. Loves affection but doesn't demand it. Not overly excitable - doesn't jump or get crazy when the doorbell rings. Welcomes both humans and dogs into our home. I do notice that he is cautious with unexpected sounds and movement, particularly at night. He seems to go into guard dog mode, but I know he wouldn't hurt a flea to be honest! We love him.
3 weeks, 4 days ago
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