The Pyredoodle is a hybrid dog. His parent breeds are the Standard Poodle and the Great Pyrenees. He is a larger dog who is often regarded as a gentle giant. He gets along with most people. He is also good with kids of all ages. He makes an excellent watchdog, and his size is often intimidating to would-be intruders. However, he is never aggressive. He gets along well with other animals, cats included, but one should be sure to socialize your Pyredoodle at an early age to felines. He will need a moderate amount of exercise every day. He is loyal and protective of his family. He is a larger dog, so while he will adjust to living in larger apartment, it is best if he lives in a home with or without fenced-in yard.
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Standard Poodle, Great Pyrenees
Height: 26-32 inchesWeight: 90-100 lbs
Height: 22-26 inchesWeight: 85-95 lbs
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Pyredoodle Breed History
The Pyredoodle most likely came into existence during the 1980s when breeders began experimenting with breeding Poodles and other breeds in order to produce a hypoallergenic dog. While we do not know the exact origins of the Pyredoodle, we can study the history of his parent breeds in order to understand the beginnings of the hybrid breed. Most experts agree that Standard Poodles were bred in Germany but developed in France. It is believed that water dogs from a variety of European countries were bred together to develop the Poodle we know today. It is also possible that the now-extinct North African Barbet was part of the mixture that created the Poodle. The breed is considered an ancient one. He is depicted in Egyptian artwork. The Standard Poodle was also used for herding and duck hunting. Poodles are famous for working as circus performers as well. The Poodle only became popular in America after World War II. The Great Pyrenees originates in the Pyrenees Mountains in Asia Minor. He was bred to aid shepherds in their herding endeavors. He was declared the Royal Dog of France by King Louis XVI. The Great Pyrenees made his way to North America via Canada. He was bred with the Newfoundland dog to create the Landseer Newfoundland dog. He was in the United States in the 1800s, but World War II almost decimated the breed. Several Great Pyrenees were exported to the U.S. after World War II, where the breed was developed and saved from virtual extinction.
Pyredoodle Breed Appearance
The Pyredoodle will be a large dog weighing upwards of one hundred pounds at maturity. His exact appearance will vary. In fact, two Pyredoodles may look dramatically different depending on the coat type that the hybrid dog inherits. Some Pyredoodles have a short and dense single coat. Others will have a long, thick double coat. Generally, the Pyredoodle will be white or cream in color; however, this depends on the dominant parent breed. He will have a long snout with a black nose and dark, round eyes. Often, he will have long hair on his face which may hid those eyes. He may or may not have the floppy ears of the Great Pyrenees. His tail is of medium-length. Often, if he has the longer hair, it will be a uniform length all over his body.
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Pyredoodle Breed Maintenance
The coat of your Pyredoodle will largely determine the amount of maintenance your dog requires. The Pyredoodle with the shorter coat will need less maintenance that his double-coated counterpart. The single-coated Pyredoodle will need weekly brushing; he is not likely to shed often. The double-coated Pyredoodle will need daily brushing to prevent matting. Wash your Pyredoodle only when necessary. The natural oils of his coat will keep his fur looking shiny and healthy. Brush his teeth two or three times a week in order to prevent the build-up of tartar and bad breath. To prevent tooth decay, brush his teeth every day. Trim his nails every two or three weeks. A good rule of thumb is to cut his nails if you can hear them clicking on the tile floor.
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The Pyredoodle is a sweet, loyal dog. He is highly intelligent, and he will require not only physical exercise, but mental activity as well. He is great with children of all ages. He is gentle with small children, and he gets along well with a variety of animals. He is a wonderful watchdog. He wants to please his family, and is easily trainable. In fact, he will be relatively adaptable to almost any situation. Keep in mind that the Pyredoodle will need a great deal of mental stimulation. Without proper mental activity, the Pyredoodle is prone to mischief. He is highly protective and he is known to bark when he feels something is amiss. He can be shy, and experts recommend early socialization to help remedy this issue. He is incredibly calm, and he strives to be the center of attention.
Pyredoodle Activity Requirements
The Pyredoodle is a fairly active dog. He needs a good deal of physical and mental stimulation in order to stay physically healthy and mentally alert. Incorporate toys which require him to play and keep him mentally active at the same time. He will enjoy walking around the neighborhood or hiking with you. He will also enjoy trips to the dog park. The Pyredoodle can be somewhat lazy if allowed to stay indoors all the time with no exercise, and this will result in significant weight gain. In addition, a bored Pyredoodle is prone to mischief. Keep in mind that he is prone to wandering, so be careful about allowing him to roam without a leash. Also, never schedule play time or exercise right after a meal. This will increase his chances of developing bloat