Pyrenees Pit

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60-85 lbs
21-25"
Unknown
Great Pyrenees
American Pit Bull Terrier
Pitenees

The Pyrenees Pit is a large designer dog, a deliberate crossbreed between two loyal and powerful canines, with strong natural guarding instincts, the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Great Pyrenees. While the resulting hybrid is an extremely loyal and protective animal, it is also likely to be rather independent and strong-willed, and training can be difficult. While this is an athletic dog, just an hour a day of moderate to vigorous exercise is usually sufficient to keep this animal fit and happy, and even those that grow the thick, double-layered coat characteristic of the Great Pyrenees should only require grooming a few times a week.

Purpose
Guard Dog, Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Great Pyrenees and American Pit Bull Terrier

Pyrenees Pit Health

Average Size
Height: 23-27 inches Weight: 70-95 lbs
Height: 21-25 inches Weight: 60-85 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Cerebellar Ataxia
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Cataracts
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Heart Disease
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Panosteitis
  • Wobbler Syndrome
  • Osteochondrodysplasia
  • Bleeding Disorders
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examinations
  • BAER Testing
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Chest X-rays
  • X-rays of various parts of the skeletal system
  • Bone Biopsy

Pyrenees Pit Breed History

The Pyrenees Pit, also known as the Pitenees, is a newer designer dog, an intentional hybrid of the American Pit Bull Terrier, a loyal and powerfully built dog with a strong protective instinct, and the Great Pyrenees, an attentive guardian with the ability to think independently. The Great Pyrenees dog is an extremely old breed of dog, with a mysterious past. While nobody really knows for certain where these large white dogs originally came from, we do know that they have been working alongside the shepherds of the Pyrenees mountains for thousands of years to keep sheep safe from the bears, wolves, and lynx that used to be common in the area. As the larger predators became less common in the area, the dogs became more frequently utilized as guardians of property or jailer's dogs and were so valued that they were dubbed the Royal Dog of France by Dauphin Louis XIV in the 1600s. While the modern Great Pyrenees may live happily as a family pet, just as many are employed as guardians of people or property, and as the larger predators are returning to the Pyrenees mountains, these loyal guardians are seeing a resurgence of popularity in their home territory as well. The American Pit Bull Terrier is, ironically, a breed that is not recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club, although it is recognized by the United Kennel Club in England. The American Staffordshire Terrier, as recognized by the AKC, is such a close match to the American Pit Bull Terrier that some individuals are able to be recognized as American Pit Bull Terriers in England and also as American Staffordshires in the United States, although the breed standard for the Pit Bull allows for a greater range in both size and color than the Staffordshire. This particular crossbreed is still either new or rare enough that it is not listed with the majority of hybrid or designer dog clubs in the United States, and is only registerable with the Dog Registry of America. 

Pyrenees Pit Breed Appearance

This crossbreed is typically a large animal that is very slightly longer than it is tall, although Pyrenees Pit dogs are usually quite a bit smaller than their parent breed of Great Pyrenees. They are well-muscled and broad-boned with wide, sturdy heads, and broad, deep muzzles. Those that lean towards the Pit Bull will generally have a stockier build, shorter muzzles, and broader heads than those that more closely resemble the Pyrenees. Their eyes will usually come in shades of dark brown and can be either round or almond-shaped, and they have short somewhat triangular ears that can be carried either low and close to the skull like the Great Pyrenees or carried high in a rose or half-prick configuration like the American Pit Bull. The coat of the Pyrenees Pit can vary quite a bit between individual dogs as the coats of the parent breeds are very different from one another. Some dogs may favor the American Pit Bull heritage, with a short, single-layer coat, while others may inherit the winter ready double-layer coat of the Great Pyrenees, consisting of a soft, thick undercoat covered with a layer of long thick hair that is coarser in texture.    

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Blue
Black
Brown
Isabella
Coat Color Possibilities
White
Black
Gray
Brown
Red
Cream
Isabella
Fawn
Silver
Pied
Sable
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pyrenees Pit Breed Maintenance

The Pyrenees Pit only needs occasional baths, as the coats of both the Pit Bull and the Pyrenees tend to shed dirt naturally. The brushing requirements for this dog will vary somewhat depending on which coat they inherit. Those that inherit the double coat of the Great Pyrenees, no matter what length it ends up being, should not be brushed daily as this often leads to the ends of the hair breaking off, but they do require combing and brushing every two or three days to avoid the formation of tangles or mats and to remove dead hair from the coat. Those that inherit the short, single layer coat of the Pit Bull will often be able to keep the coat healthy and shiny with weekly grooming sessions employing either a slicker brush or a grooming glove.  

Brushes for Pyrenees Pit
Pin Brush
Dematter
Comb
Scissors
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pyrenees Pit Temperament

While this hybrid is typically affectionate and supremely loyal to their family or charges, they may be more aloof or suspicious towards others and they may require more socialization than average in order to be comfortable in diverse situations. While these dogs are typically good with children in their own family, they may inherit a tendency to be overzealous in protecting them from perceived threats. All interactions between these powerful animals and children or other animals should be closely supervised, especially if the animal or child is not well known to the canine. Both of the parent breeds of the Pyrenees Pit were bred to be strong-willed, with the ability to think independently when needed. While these are useful traits when guarding sheep from large predators as Pyrenees are built to do, or for driving bulls to market like the ancestors of the Pit Bull, they can make obedience training much more challenging. The best results can be achieved through early training that focuses on consistency and positive reinforcement. 

Pyrenees Pit Activity Requirements

While these dogs are quite large, and often have copious muscles, they don’t require quite as much exercise as many other breeds with similar athleticism. An hour or so a day of moderate to vigorous exercise daily is usually plenty to keep this hybrid healthy and fit. It may be advisable to not exercise your canine during the hottest part of the day on hot days as dogs with short, light-colored coats may be more prone to sunburn and skin cancer, while dogs with the thicker, double-layer coats may be more susceptible to overheating. The Pyrenees Pit requires more room than most apartments can provide, and is happiest when they have a larger home to stretch out in. 

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

Pyrenees Pit Food Consumption

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

Pyrenees Pit Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 57 lbs
Height: 19 inches Weight: 52 lbs
12 Months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 72 lbs
Height: 22 inches Weight: 62 lbs
18 Months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 82 lbs
Height: 23 inches Weight: 72 lbs

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