Pyrador

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
Male Pyrador size stats
Height: 25-29 inches Weight: 80-100 lbs
Female Pyrador size stats
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 Pyrador eyes
Hazel
brown Pyrador eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pyrador nose
Black
brown Pyrador nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
isabella Pyrador coat
Isabella
white Pyrador coat
White
cream Pyrador coat
Cream
brown Pyrador coat
Brown
black Pyrador coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Pyrador straight 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
Pyrador requires weekly brushing
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
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Pyrador Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pyrador size stats at six months
Height: 23.0 inches Weight: 65.0 lbs
Female Pyrador size stats at six months
Height: 21.0 inches Weight: 55.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Pyrador size stats at 12 months
Height: 26.0 inches Weight: 80.0 lbs
Female Pyrador size stats at 12 months
Height: 24.0 inches Weight: 70.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Pyrador size stats at 18 months
Height: 27.0 inches Weight: 90.0 lbs
Female Pyrador size stats at 18 months
Height: 25.0 inches Weight: 80.0 lbs

Pyrador Owner Experiences

Shadow
5 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Catch/ fetch
Running
dog tricks
Walks
Exceptional! He is playful, friendly and wants to learn. He and our cat love to play. The only downside is that he doesn’t realize how big he is and plays a little too rough with our 10 year old Chihuahua.
3 weeks, 6 days ago
Pablo
6 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
swimming
Running
Fetch
Pablo was separated from his mother much too early. He was a very mischievous puppy. He is just now starting to enjoy cuddling on the couch. He will try to suckle my fingers. He is extremely active and loves to swim, run, dig. We even got him his own small pool to swim in. He picked up basic commands almost instantly with little effort. He is growing into a great dog.
4 weeks, 1 day ago
Cleo
1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Snack
Fetch
Swim
Learn a new trick
Walk
Playing
I got Cleo from Craigslist. Between her and her sisters I immediately fell in love with how friendly and outgoing she was while her sister was the complete opposite and was super shy. The man did give her to me before she was ready to be separated from her siblings and was younger than what he told me. I have never had any problems with her other than her energy level is extreme. She is smaller for being a year old. She only weighs 40 pounds and is a relatively medium sized dog. She looks like a pyrador like he told me she was but she’s smaller so I don’t know if she was maybe the runt? I’m obsessed with her. I’ve never had a smarter, affectionate dog. She’s perfect
2 months, 3 weeks ago
Bentley
6 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Bentley came from a litter of 11, so he loves to see other dogs and he even loves our cat even though he doesn’t know how to play with him. He’s very smart and learns quickly but he is stubborn sometimes and won’t listen. He is 6 months old and 42 pounds, so he is smaller for his breed. He has a shorter coat and webbed feet so he definitely has more lab in him. He is black and white. He will eat ANYTHING that he can get in his mouth, which isn’t always the safest thing. He is a great addition to the family and loves to cuddle.
3 months ago
Abbey
12 Weeks
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
She is very stubborn and likes to bite
3 months, 1 week ago
Kona
2 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Eating Snacks
Nose work
Hunt
Swim
Explore the woods
Run
I got my Pyrador from a0 rescue when she was 8 weeks old. She is very guarded towards adult humans, but loves young children. Also (being from a litter of 12 pups) she loves being with other dogs. Going to the dog park is her favorite activity. She is very submissive, but will react with fear if provoked. She does not readily approach strangers (unless they have small children). Overall, a wonderful companion. I love her dearly. Has severe separation anxiety and hates her crate.
3 months, 1 week ago
Benny
2 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Amazing dog. Melts hearts far and wide. Beyond words with kids, cries to be near babies. Tolerates our cats, tried to play together but they don’t know what to do with him. The only biggest con, is that he can’t be off leash, he runs and doesn’t look back, terrifying experience. Shedding is very heavy and all year long. Easily trained. Overall one of the best dogs I’ve ever had or been around.
4 months ago
DEMO
1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Laying in the sun
Beach
Explore the city
Nap
Road trip
Dancing
We rescued him from a shelter. He came housebroken, trained, kind, gentle and so so loving. He literally wants hugs all the time. He will slowly and gently stand on his hind legs to place his front paws on your chest, so that way you can hug him. He's extremely patient with our 4 and 6 year olds. He's super lazy! He will walk when we walk him, but then he's done for the rest of the day. He'll plop down, sleep and SNORE!! He has severe separation anxiety which is the ONLY time we ever have behavioral issues. But other than that, he truly is an angel!
4 months, 4 weeks ago
Kai
12 Weeks
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
We JUST got our Pyrador. (Someone had dumped 3 puppies that appeared to be Lab mixes of some sort.) While giving him a bath, we noticed the double dew claws on his rear legs. After Googling it, and GP showing up as a breed with double dew claws, we believed that we were now the proud parents of a Pyrador. After his first Vet visit, the Vet confirmed that, yes, he definitely is a Pyrador. We are looking forward to seeing how he grows up, and looking for insights into this mix and any helpful information we can find. We've had a yellow Lab that passed away at 15 years old (last year), so we are familiar with the Lab breed. We just need to find out more about the GP side of the breed.
5 months, 1 week ago
Uno
7 Years
5 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
We got Uno from a local Lab rescue. We thought he was just a typical Lab mutt and didn't know he was a custom breed until later. He doesn't retrieve anything, and he doesn't like water much so he is more of a Pyrenees in that regard. He is also somewhat vocal, so when other dogs are around he can come across as unfriendly which isn't the case at all. He's also a bigger dog, around 95 pounds, so he can be somewhat intimidating to people when they see him.
5 months, 3 weeks ago
Rumor
7 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
wrestling
Tug-of-war
Playing catch
Loves car rides
Loves to chase
Playing fetch
Female, black, weights 100 pounds. Shes very large!! She’s a sweet and affectionate dog. She’s very protective over her family. When the kids argue she tries to come in between them!lol It’s really cute and sweet! She’s on high alert at night. Any unusual noise she’s up and barking. She loves people and LOVES most other dogs. My cat Bells does not like Rumor, but Rumor never bothers the cat. Even when the cat tries to be a bully and mean! Lol. She listens well most of the time, but does have her stubbornness once in a while. She’s sneaky when it comes to getting in the trash or take food from the counter. She has her energetic moments 1 to 2 times a day and rest of the time is just relaxing with the family. She loves to be near us at all times and loves sitting and laying with us. Easily crate trained and loves her crate now. Potty training took some time but not bad at all. In general, a great great family dog!! She’s a part of us all!!!
6 months, 1 week ago
Zeus
4 Years
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
My experience with a Pyrador is amazing. My boy Zeus is the best dog i’ve ever had. Hes smart, gentle, protective when needed and super goofy.
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Lizzy
7 Months
5 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Eating Snacks
Fetch
Chase
Nap
Tug-of-war
Play
Look out the window
Run
Walk
Lizzy loves to go for walks, play with the kids, and meet new people and animals. She is very loving and energetic. She is struggling to potty train, but has taken to being crated over night or when no one is home. She enjoys socializing at 4-H training and is very curious.
11 months ago
Hunter
4 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hiking. Fetching. Hunting.
This is my first time owning a pyrador.
1 year ago
Snowball
2 Years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Shopping
Hiking
Fetch
Sleeping
Run
Walk
Snowball is very intelligent and affectionate but at times a little too independent and can be temperamental especially when I leave for work. He's charged me several times leaving deep bite marks. I'm the only human he is like this with. Typically he's just a nut case and goofy lab demeanor. Waiting for the impulse control to truly kick in. Been working on this from day one. He's a truly wonderful dog and very handsome. I love him so very much.
1 year, 8 months ago
Sugar
8 Years
3 People
House & Yard
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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She’s been the best dog our family could’ve asked for! She’s very well tempered and loves all the attention. She’s perfect with all ages of children and is the gentlest dog we’ve ever seen. She loves kids but can be a little scared around adult men. She’s had some health issues in the past because of a birth defect but she’s healthy now. She hates being trained, and most of the time refuses to listen but she is very loyal and try’s to herd us when out and about. She loves walks but is very lazy and would rather hang out with kids all day getting all the attention!
1 year, 8 months ago
Gunner
23 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Couldn't ask for a better dog. He is rather large at 160 pounds already. Not fat just big. Seems to be very intelligent and is trainable. Has about a ten word vocabulary. Loves children and his cats.
1 year, 10 months ago
Titan!
4 Months
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Titan is only 4 months old and already kennel trained, on regular potty schedule, and knows how to sit on command. He is super friendly with the little boy I babysit, like they are basically best friends! My boyfriend and I got Titan at 7 weeks old, and he's has been so great! We absolutely love him and he is a beautiful dog in general. He is growing very quickly, but of course that comes with his breed. He is very head strong and a little stubborn sometimes though, but as time passes he is getting a lot better about listening and laying down when he's done wrong. I would say this is a perfect family dog for anybody looking😊
2 years, 7 months ago
Tiberius
5 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
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.
2 years, 9 months ago
Snoop Dawg
10 Months
2 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Great companion full of energy love raiding our garbage,he gets along with our 3 cats and plays great with our older Shiba Anu.
2 years, 9 months ago
Stuart
2 Years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
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.
2 years, 10 months ago
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