Saint Pyrenees

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120-170 lbs
25-30"
United States
Saint Bernard
Great Pyrenees
The Saint Pyrenees is a designer hybrid bred from the Great Pyrenees and the Saint Bernard. This breed will be a giant dog when full-grown and can weigh up to 180 pounds. Even though they are huge dogs, they are gentle and lovable with a sweet disposition. They make a great family pet who can get along with any other animals and children but will also protect you and your family from danger. They are smart dogs that learn fast and love to make you happy so training them will not be difficult. However, you should be sure to socialize your dog early for best results.
Purpose
Companion, Guard Dog
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Great Pyrenees and Saint Bernard

Saint Pyrenees Health

Average Size
Male Saint Pyrenees size stats
Height: 27-32 inches Weight: 130-180 lbs
Female Saint Pyrenees size stats
Height: 25-30 inches Weight: 120-170 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
  • Congenital Heart Defect (CHD)
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Pyotraumatic Dermatitis
  • CVI (Wobbler’s Syndrome)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Distichiasis
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Canine Diabetes Mellitus (DM)
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Eye examination
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • DNA

Saint Pyrenees Breed History

The Saint Pyrenees is a hybrid dog that has not been around long so they do not have a history yet. Therefore, it is important that you look at the backgrounds of the Great Pyrenees and Saint Bernard. The Great Pyrenees, which is also called a Pyrenean Mountain Dog, is a giant breed from Asia that has been around since approximately 10,000 B.C. They were bred from the Maremmano Abruzzese and Hungarian Kuvasz to guard sheep and were named after the Pyrenees Mountains, where they originated. In the late 17th century, they were declared the Royal Dog of France by King Louis the XIV and they were used as guard dogs for royal estates. The Great Pyrenees became more popular in England and the United States in the 19th century and were even used in Switzerland for the breeding of the Saint Bernard. However, they were not recognized by the American Kennel Club until 1933 and they are the 67th most well-liked dog in America. The Saint Bernard started out in Switzerland in the 9th century as a draft dog, for search and rescue, and guarding. They were bred from Tibetan Mastiffs, Great Danes, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, and Great Pyrenees by the Monks of Switzerland and Saint Bernard de Menthon. A hospice in Switzerland started using this breed to assist those who travelled from Switzerland to Italy through the Alpine Pass, which was very dangerous. The Saint Bernard has the amazing ability to find victims buried under feet of snow from avalanches just by using their nose. The dogs were sent out in pairs and when a victim was found, one dog would stay with the person to keep them warm while the other dog would go get help. One dog, Barry, was honored in 1810 for rescuing over 40 victims. The American Kennel Club recognized the Saint Bernard in 1885 and the Swiss Kennel Club recognized them in 1889. The breed is now the 49th most common dog in the United States.

Saint Pyrenees Breed Appearance

Your Saint Pyrenees will be a giant dog when she is full grown. They are typically between 25 and 32 inches tall and weigh approximately 150 pounds on average. Their coat is soft and thick, medium to long in length, and can be brown, white, and black; brown and white; black and brown; red, white, and black; gray, white, and brown; merle, pied, sable, or any combination of these colors. The Saint Pyrenees has a huge head with fuzzy, pendulous ears and almond shaped brown eyes. Their nose and lips are black as are the rims of their eyes. They are a large and solid dog breed with muscular legs and a long, furry tail.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Saint Pyrenees eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Saint Pyrenees nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
sable Saint Pyrenees coat
Sable
pied Saint Pyrenees coat
Pied
white Saint Pyrenees coat
White
fawn Saint Pyrenees coat
Fawn
cream Saint Pyrenees coat
Cream
red Saint Pyrenees coat
Red
brown Saint Pyrenees coat
Brown
gray Saint Pyrenees coat
Gray
black Saint Pyrenees coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Saint Pyrenees straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Saint Pyrenees Breed Maintenance

Due to their thick double coat, the Saint Pyrenees will need to be brushed thoroughly at least every other day to keep them from getting matted. You should use a pin brush or stiff bristle brush, stainless-steel comb, and you may need to use a deshedding tool during the spring and fall, which is when they shed the most. However, do not be surprised if you have to vacuum up dog hair off the furniture daily no matter how often you brush your dog. You can bathe your dog once a month or when needed but be sure to use a mild conditioning dog shampoo and clean her ears at the same time. In addition, you should trim your dog’s nails as needed so they do not crack or split.
Brushes for Saint Pyrenees
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Saint Pyrenees requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Saint Pyrenees Temperament

This breed loves people and enjoys playing but is also just as happy to be laying around the house with you. While they really love children and other pets, they should be supervised with small children because of their large size and clumsiness. The Saint Pyrenees is a fast learner and can learn to do just about anything you want to teach them. However, they can also be lazy and stubborn when they want to be. You will need to be consistent and firm as well as patient when training and use positive reinforcement rather than physical punishment. They do not mind being left alone at home but also enjoy going on family outings.

Saint Pyrenees Activity Requirements

The Saint Pyrenees enjoys running around outside so it is best if you have a large fenced yard for her to play in. They are big dogs so they do not do well in small apartments with no yard. They do tend to be lazy and your dog may become overweight if she does not get at least one hour of exercise every day. Also, dogs who do not get enough physical and mental stimulation can have behavioral problems due to boredom or anxiety. Some fun activities for your Saint Pyrenees include going to the dog park to play with other dogs, hiking at the local park, swimming, playing fetch, going for long walks, and they even enjoy agility training. 

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

Saint Pyrenees Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
5 cups
Daily Cost
$4 - $4.5
Monthly Cost
$120 - $135

Saint Pyrenees Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Saint Pyrenees size stats at six months
Height: 27 inches Weight: 80 lbs
Female Saint Pyrenees size stats at six months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 70 lbs
12 Months
Male Saint Pyrenees size stats at 12 months
Height: 28 inches Weight: 125 lbs
Female Saint Pyrenees size stats at 12 months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 115 lbs
18 Months
Male Saint Pyrenees size stats at 18 months
Height: 29 inches Weight: 155 lbs
Female Saint Pyrenees size stats at 18 months
Height: 27 inches Weight: 145 lbs

Saint Pyrenees Owner Experiences

June
10 Months
6 People
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Our Junie girl is one giant gentle teddy bear. She prefers to be outside most the day, either roaming the property or just sitting watch. She has been raised with very small kids and her favorite play mate is our 3 yr old- June will lay and roll on the floor all day long with her if she can. She had a kitten who is her outdoor fur buddy and they lay together in the sun. We always know when someone is approaching because she is quick to alert. She also keeps tabs on the kids and recently pushed her way out a gate when she saw our 6 yr old walking further than he should for the bus stop!
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Max the Giant
18 Months
5 People
House & Yard
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Grooming
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Dog Parks
Cuddling
Playdate
Road trip
Max is a new addition to the family and is amazing with our other dog and loves to play.
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Millie
4 Months
3 People
House & Yard
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Wrestling, playing
Very loving and sensitive
3 months ago
Shinobi
5 Months
3 People
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Health
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Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walks
Cuddles
Playing in the snow
Watching the baby
Sweet loving energetic loves playing loves our son and older dogs
3 months, 1 week ago
Maximus
6 Months
4 People
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Very smart and loves his family! Also, loves to play!! He is already very protective of his family too!
3 months, 3 weeks ago
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