Pyredoodle

85-95 lbs
22-26"
Unknown
Great Pyrenees
Poodle

The Pyredoodle is a cross between the Standard Poodle and the Great Pyrenees, so unsurprisingly, this is quite a large dog. Although they’re not aggressive, this breed's size can make them wonderful watchdogs — they’re actually often known as gentle giants.  They get on very well with everyone, from children to other animals including cats, making them a perfect family pet.

In this guide to the Pyredoodle, you’ll learn:

  • The Pyredoodle is a Great Pyrenees and Poodle mix
  • This large breed’s sweet nature means they’re often referred to as a gentle giant 
  • They can have a short single coat or a long double coat 
  • A calm dog generally, they can make a wonderful watchdog due to their imposing size


Pyredoodle breed overview

Pyredoodles — also known as the Pyreneespoo, Pyrepoo, and Pyreneesdoodle — are a designer mixed breed dog. They might be a large dog but don’t let this intimidate you, they’re one of the most loyal dogs in the world and incredibly affectionate with their pet parents and human family. 

If you’ve been looking for Pyredoodle puppies and are interested in getting a youngster, then you can expect to pay anywhere from $700 to $2,800 — and you should always intend to buy from a reputable breeder. This is a similar price to a Pyrenees puppy and more than a Standard Poodle puppy. Mini Pyredoodles are more expensive than the standard size. 

This breed can live up to 12 years. Larger dogs do have shorter life expectancy than small dogs, so this is typical for a dog of this size. This is the same as the Great Pyrenees and slightly less than the Standard Poodle. 



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purpose Purpose
Companion
history Date of Origin
Unknown
ancestry Ancestry
Standard Poodle, Great Pyrenees

Pyredoodle Health

Average Size
Male Pyredoodle size stats
Height: 26-32 inches Weight: 90-100 lbs
Female Pyredoodle size stats
Height: 22-26 inches Weight: 85-95 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Bloat
  • Canine Cushing’s Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Digestive
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Full Body Physical Examination

Pyredoodle Breed History

It’s believed that the Pyredoodle originated somewhere between the 1980s and the early 2000s when ‘Doodles’ were becoming popular. This was likely in North America with the aim of creating a more allergy-friendly dog. A number of breeds were being bred with the Poodle at this time.

The Standard Poodle is an ancient breed that originated in Germany and was further developed in France. This is where they were split into three sizes: the Standard (used for retrieving waterfowl), Miniature (for finding truffles) and the Toy Poodle (as companions for French Nobility). They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 but it wasn’t until 1935 that the breed became popular in the USA. 

The Great Pyrenees — also known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog in Europe — originated in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain. At first they were used to help shepherds with herding, before becoming the Royal Dog of France by King Louis XVI. They first went to Canada, before becoming popular in the USA in the 1800s. They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1933. 

As they’re a hybrid dog, the Pyredoodle isn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club. 

Pyredoodle Breed Appearance

The Pyredoodle size is large — this crossbreed is a big dog. A Pyredoodle, full grown, can weigh upwards of 100 lbs and reach heights of 32 inches.

You can also get a Mini Pyredoodle, which is crossed with a Miniature Poodle. These weigh up to 55 lbs and can be up to 24 inches tall. 

They have a long snout with a black nose and dark, round eyes. Often, they’ll have long hair on their face which may hide those eyes. They could have the floppy ears of the Great Pyrenees. Their tail is medium-length. 

Beyond that, the appearance can vary though and two Pyredoodles can actually look very different. This is mostly dependent on the coat they inherit. Some Pyredoodles have a short and dense single coat. Others will have a long, thick double coat. If the Pyredoodle has longer hair, then this is usually the same length all over the body. The coat can be straight but it might be curly or wavy like the Poodle; both are hypoallergenic. 

Generally, the Pyredoodle will be white or cream in color. However, this also depends on the dominant parent breed. There are many shades of cream and variations of white — some may have an apricot or beige tinge. 

There are also various other colors. You could, for example, see a full grown black Pyredoodle. If you see a black puppy there’s a chance this will become blue (which looks more like faded black) as they get a little older. 

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Pyredoodle eyes
Hazel
brown Pyredoodle eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pyredoodle nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Pyredoodle coat
Cream
white Pyredoodle coat
White
Coat Length
coat
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
pin
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Pyredoodle wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pyredoodle Breed Maintenance

How much maintenance your Pyredoodle requires will depend on the coat that they have. 

The Pyredoodle with the short, single coat will require much less maintenance than one with a long, double coat, for example.

The single-coated Pyredoodle will need weekly brushing and is not likely to shed very much. The double-coated Pyredoodle, on the other hand, will need daily brushing to prevent matting. Both will only need washing when necessary; the natural oils will keep the coats looking shiny and healthy. 

You should brush their teeth regularly to prevent bad breath, the build-up of tartar and tooth decay. Their nails should be trimmed when needed. Make sure to check and clean their ears, especially if they’re the floppy ones. 

This breed is quite active and will need mental stimulation as well as physical exercise. They’ll be happy to go on long walks but will also love the dog park. You may want to keep them on a leash as they are prone to wandering off. 

If this breed gets bored they have been known to get up to mischief. So make sure they have toys that will keep them mentally active. 



Pyredoodle  health

The Pyredoodle is a relatively healthy breed. But, as with all dogs, there are some health conditions you need to be aware of. 

Two you need to be particularly aware of are: 

There’s also a chance of digestive problems — although this is only a minor concern.  

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Bloat 

Bloat or Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) typically affects larger dogs, with deep, narrow chests. One of the breeds known to be particularly at risk is the Standard Poodle. The risk of bloating increases with age. It means the stomach has dilated and potentially even rotated. Symptoms to look out for include a bloated abdomen, retching, a fast heart rate and breathing rapidly. This can progress very quickly and is life-threatening so it’s vital you get your dog to the vet as soon as possible if you suspect they have this. 

Canine Cushing’s Disease 

Cushing’s Disease (hyperadrenocorticism) typically affects older dogs. It happens when excessive cortisol is being produced. One cause can be due to over-treatment with corticosteroids but it could also be due to a pituitary or adrenal tumor. Symptoms may include hair loss or recurring urinary tract infections and often the liver is enlarged. The 

symptoms may be gradual and can be mistaken for simple aging. Treatment may include medication, surgery or radiation. 



Feeding a Pyredoodle — what’s the best diet? 

The Pyredoodle needs to be fed food that’s specifically formulated for large breeds. You should look out for recipes with ingredients that are beneficial for their bones and joints as well as one for sensitive stomachs. 

Puppies should be fed up to four times a day and this can then be reduced to twice a day for a Pyredoodle adult. Treats are beneficial, especially when training. 

Due to their size they will eat a large amount of food but be aware, they can also easily become obese. Make sure they have a healthy diet with food that is rich in protein. 

It’s also important that you never exercise them or have playtime straight after they have eaten. This can increase the chance of them developing bloat. They’re also known to eat too quickly, so you may want to use a slow feeder. 

Need some help to ensure your pup is enjoying the best possible diet? Take a look at the advice from our trusted partner Dog Food Advisor, including the best dog food for Poodles and the best large breed dog food. 

Brushes for Pyredoodle
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Scissors
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Pyredoodle requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pyredoodle Temperament

The Pyredoodle personality is sweet and calm. They’re loyal dogs that love their family, are great with children of all ages and very gentle with youngsters. As well as people, this breed gets on well with other animals including cats — although it’s best if they are socialized with them from a young age. 

They’re very intelligent dogs and eager to please, which makes them easy to train. 

While they’re not an aggressive breed, they can be highly protective, are known to bark at perceived danger and their size can be intimidating. This makes them a great watchdog. 

They can be shy; early socialization will help with this. But, when they’re comfortable with those they know, they love to be the center of attention. 

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Pyredoodle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00
food bag monthly cost

Pyredoodle Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pyredoodle size stats at six months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 55.0 lbs
Female Pyredoodle size stats at six months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 47.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Pyredoodle size stats at 12 months
Height: 20.0 inches Weight: 77.5 lbs
Female Pyredoodle size stats at 12 months
Height: 18.0 inches Weight: 72.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Pyredoodle size stats at 18 months
Height: 23.0 inches Weight: 80.0 lbs
Female Pyredoodle size stats at 18 months
Height: 21.0 inches Weight: 70.0 lbs

Pyredoodle Owner Experiences

Doug
3 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing in the snow
Running around the yard
Cuddling
We absolutely love our sweet Doug! He is already showing his guardian abilities and he is barely 3 months!! He already weighs 20 lbs!!
2 years, 4 months ago
Blue
6 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walks
Learning how to swim
He is good but rarely listens unless we say treat, but he is very loveable and lively!
2 years, 11 months ago
Cal
5 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking,
People watching
Hiking
jumping like a doodle
This is my first experience and it could not be more positive! Excellent temperament, easily trained and loves to meet new people!!
5 years, 11 months ago
Sadie Grace
27 Weeks
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Bestever, lovable, smart,goofy
5 years, 5 months ago
BOUJEE "Boo"
1 Month
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
We have our first litter of Pyredoodles and they have been the sweetest ever! We are raising them using Puppy Culture and they are super smart! We are so glad we embarked on this adventure!! :)
5 years ago
Tilly
12 Weeks
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
She is incredibly smart, loving, and full of enthusiasm. At 12 weeks she is already house broken, performs sit, stay, come, off, meet, and paw with 80% accuracy, and is amazingly calm.
4 years, 11 months ago
rosie
8 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
great dog friendly loves to go to Lowe's and very nice with other dogs generally quite
4 years, 10 months ago
Phoenix
5 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Super affectionate... very protective... gets along with everyone of all ages... very intelligent
4 years, 7 months ago
Kuma
9 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing Keepaway
loves walks
Extremely calm temperament, gentle with children and other animals, quiet, but loud bark when he senses something menacing. Such an amazing dog, we ended up getting another pyredoodle.
4 years, 4 months ago
Milo
1 Year
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Goofy, fun loving, friendly, intelligent, picky eater.
4 years, 3 months ago
Tux
6 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Tux is 6 month old happy male dog that loves all the animals and people that he can see or has ever met. I have a home with a dog door and privacy fenced back yard and if Tux hears people or animals outside the fence (dogs even on TV) he will bark, he is a guardian. He has been a very chill puppy. He plays hard every morning with my two brothers Plott hound and Golden retriever bitches. He is a polite but enthusiastic participant. I am very fortunate to have such an intelligent dog, but I am truly blessed to have such a wise dog, even at such a young age!
4 years, 3 months ago
Charlie
6 Months
9+ People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Best puppy ever. Very kid like.
4 years ago
Bailey
2 Months
1 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Well, he’s very smart and house training he gets .... he already scratches on the door to do his business. The biting part is the problem and he understands me, but he don’t listen most of the time.
3 years, 9 months ago
Bean
3 Months
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Such a good puppy so far, by night two slept through the night barely barks, easily trained . Overall best choice I could have made
3 years, 7 months ago
Talia
3 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I wanted to see if my girl is over weight. She has always been big at 8 wks she was 15 pounds, today she is 3 yrs old and is in the high 90’s for weight. She looks like a tank with her fur on, but slims when she is groomed every 7 weeks. My vet thought she should be 70 lbs but I think she takes after the Great Pyrenees more than poodle. Thoughts? She doesn’t seem like she is struggling and I have her joint supplements already, just concerned. She eats a raw diet mainly. I cup proteins in the morning, 1 snack in afternoon (chewie) and 1 cup protein mixed with 1 cup call of the Wild limited ingredients angus beef prey kibble.
3 years, 6 months ago
Apollo
8 Weeks
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
So far he is very friendly and lovable
3 years, 6 months ago
Auggie
10 Weeks
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Chew Toys
Auggie is a huge fluff ball that follows us through the house. Hates his crate but we are working on potty training.
3 years, 6 months ago
Appa
10 Weeks
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
outside
Walking
Playing
Beach
photography
We have had Appa for a bit more than 2 weeks now and are completely in love. He is our second dog, we also have a 9 year old Wheaten terrier (who still needs to get used to the busy, active new puppy). Appa is amazing, he picks up new commands easily and was basically already trained to pee and poo outside from the moment we got him. He doesn’t really pull on the leash and stays near us when we walk him without a leash on the beach. He is not easily intimidated or scared and is always happy. We do see that he needs a lot of mental stimulation or else he starts destroying the house and begging for attention with a lot of very loud barking. Overall we love the pyredoodle so far and can’t wait to see how his character and looks develop as he’ll grow into adulthood.
3 years, 5 months ago
Jake
4 Months
2 People
House & Yard
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Jake is adorable! We love our walks; he is very curious. Htends to pick up EVERYTHING when we’re out for a stroll—- kind of like walking a vacuum cleaner. One of his favorite games here is to grab the end of the toilet paper and run—he’s actually gotten it all the way down the hall without breaking! He’s a charming little mischief maker!
3 years, 5 months ago
Sugar Belle
9 Weeks
1 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Explore the woods
Explore the city
Dog Parks
Shopping
The best doodle. Doesnt shed, hypoallergenic, extremely smart and easy to train, loves meeting new people. I live in a condo and think if I lived in a house she would be 100% potty trained but I have her 85% puppy pad trained. She learned sit, lay down, and shake in 30 minutes. She learned to walk on a leash the second attempt. She learned come in a couple days. She learned to stop biting (putting teeth on humans) in less than a week. Shes a super picky eater and doesnt like any human food so far except ice cream. Doesnt bark except the first couple times shes saw her reflection lol then she figured it out. Loves to cuddle and just chill. A more affectionate, less crazy cuter goldendoodle. Definitely the best doodle. Next I will try to find a miniature pyredoodle or maybe breed a litter of my own.Also very picky with toys and bones and treats. Cant find a treat she likes and I've tried 15. Use her regular food for treats lol. She can be light golden brown or white depending on which shampoo I use. Best dog ever. This breed is going to be huge.
3 years, 4 months ago
Maggie
9 Weeks
2 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Young...not sure yet
3 years, 3 months ago
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I have a white three year old female and need a white, well tempered male stud to mate her with in 3 months. She is in Houston and Austin. The puppies will not be for sale. They will be given to family members, but the male's owner can have a puppy for free to mate.

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What’s the best way to house break? We have a 9week old pyredoodle male and we bought a bell which he is slowly getting but he will still pee if I’m not on him or he is in the crate. What is a realistic time frame?

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Hi. My 8 week old puppy seems to not know his name yet. I am concerned. He is a pyredoodle and we have had him since he was 6 weeks old.

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Is it okay for my pyredoodle to have a raw meat diet, If so what meats are good for him to have?

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Hi, We usually do not recommend that you feed raw meat diets as there are other health issues such as salmonella that your dog can develop! There are many great commercial dog food options that you can feed that are safe for your dog.
3 years, 4 months ago
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My family is getting a pyredoodle and how could we stop bloating and stomach twisting from happening because we want to have more precautions because our last dog past away from that.

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