Saint Pyrenees

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
$4.00 - $4.50
Monthly Cost
$120.00 - $135.00

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

Honey
6 Months
5 People
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She is loving to everyone she meets. A little timid at first. She is massive. And the shedding can be overwhelming if you are not prepared for it.
1 month, 1 week ago
Moose
8 Weeks
4 People
House & Yard
Health
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Friendliness
Energy
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Walk
Explore the woods
Ball chase
Tug-of-war
All
He's just a puppy but has proven to be a very quick learner, great with our kids and a giant love bug. I look forward to this new journey as a Saint Pyrenees owner
2 months, 2 weeks ago
lucy
12 Months
2 People
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got her as a rescue at 6 months old. she is super friendly with females and children=takes awhile with males. Cannot chase her she has to come to you.will not get in car so scared. she is just like a big teddy bear want to be loved on and be with you
4 months ago
Huckleberry Bjorn
17 Months
2 People
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Plays
Hike
Fetch
Huck is a wonderful addition to our pack. He is the biggest dog by at least 100 lbs and is so gentle with the others who are between 4 and 25 lbs. He likes to snuggle in our bed and gently places each foot as to not squish his brothers and sisters. He loves everyone the minute he sees them. He loves to give hugs, but is slowly learning he needs to be invited first. He draws a lot of attention wherever he goes and willingly soaks it up. He has only “alerted” us to one person he has crossed paths with and we were very quick to follow his lead. It was such a strange behavior for him. He is the baritone in our six dog choir whenever an emergency vehicle goes by. We get to enjoy the impromptu recitals often as we are a quarter mile away from the only fire station in town. We are truly grateful this gentle giant has joined our family.
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Arlo
7 Months
5 People
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Friendliness
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cuddle
Walk
Go to Park
Sweet, loving dog. Learns easily and is eager to please. Only downside is thar altholugh i feed him appropriately, he always seems hungry. Very food morivated. At 7 months he is close to 100lb
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Darby
3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
keep away
Puzzle Toys
Walk
Hike
My sweet boy Darby is rescue. We have many sheep ranches on the western slopes of Colorado that produce many unregistered working dogs that routinely get dumped. I only mention this because he is not full St. Pyrenees. He also has some akbash mixed in there as well. Considering he was a outdoor working puppy and then in the pound he took to inside living really fast. Potty training wasn't even a issue. It took him a bit to get used to flooring and inside noises but within a month he was happily dozing on my bed. However, he has never gotten used to plastics so he won't play with a lot of toys or use plastic bowls. He mainly plays with sticks and ropes. he barks. He barks a lot. He seems to be able to hear a butterfly sneeze a mile off and will go nuts. He is slowly learning "that's enough" but it's been a uphill battle lol. This is not a struggle because he is not bright, however. More because of his intense independence and need to protect us. He is actually a very smart pup. Commands and tricks were learned within days but he does them when he wants lol. He is very good at communicating. He tosses his head in certain ways accompanied with different barks to tell me what he needs ( going out, water, "danger" at the front, "danger" at the back, the cats are fighting, ect). Speaking of cats. Overall, he seems to hate them.i am fostering two cats, two kittens then have two myself. We have to really watch him with the four cats but he seems to protect the kittens. He will lay outside thier door to keep the cats away and will Chase off the other cats. He does not do well with other dogs. I can not take him to dog parks or trust him off leash. I usually head out to BLM land to let him roam for a few hours which I find has been a necessary activity for him. And that boy can wander lol during the winter there have been a few days when I could not take him out and it really shows the next day. He will become even more hyper vigilant with his barking if he doesn't get either his neighbor hood walk of 25+ minutes a day and his few times of BLM off leash roaming. These are the only precautions I can think of. Other then these things he is a wonderful love bug. Once he is introduced to guests he is thier best bud. Meeting people off the property he is everyone's friend. Everyone wants to love in him, even non dog people and he lives the attention. He seems great with kids and is pretty gentle with them. The drool is very minimal, usually showing up only when waiting to be fed. He loves to snuggle up and sleep next to people and can always be found by someone's side at home. He has never been aggressive to any of us, even when he was very new to all this and very timid. I do need to brush his hind quarters, Under belly, ruff and tail daily as they can mat up quickly but thankfully he likes the brushing lol I feed him 2 cups of dry food in the morning then 2 cups at night with 1 cup of fresh pet and pumpkin mixed with water. He also gets a can of sardines in water and two hard boiled eggs a week. He drinks a lot of water and he always needs more water lol he is very good motivated and he would not do well with free range eating. But that could be due to his past. When he was found he weighed only 73 pounds which could be the cause for his love of food. He is almost three now and he stopped fully growing around 2 and half. He is now at a healthy weight of 124 pounds. At 135 he was getting a bit chubby. He has had no ear infections or allergies and does pretty good on his own for long periods of time but like it was said in the article, he would prefer to be by my side. He is my sweet, smart boy and I wouldn't trade him for the world.
5 months, 1 week ago
Bandit. Aka Bandito Aka Bubba
One Year
2 People
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We’ve had Bandit a little over a year. Bandit is amazing with kids! My nine year old daughter is crazy for her big boy and he loves her so much. He’s one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever had. He’s quickly become a town favorite here in my small town in N. Colorado. People have to stop and give him love and he eats it all up. He’s a little needy with the affection. He can’t get enough. He moves like a linebacker when he’s out in the field running around. He’s very playful! I’m so happy he’s apart of our family.
5 months, 1 week ago
Sadie Grace
1 Year
4 People
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snuggling
Sadie Grace is a rescue from a puppy mill. She had her first litter of 14 before she even turned one. I rescued her when they took her puppy’s away around 2 weeks due to her losing her milk. She loves all other animals, skittish around adult males, she has to be with my toddlers at all times of she gets anxious. Her favorite thing to do is be snuggled by kids she seems her happiest when she is playing and loving on the kids.
5 months, 1 week ago
Shadow (female)
2 Years
1 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Fetch
Walk
Frisbee
Tug-of-war
Dog Parks
Before Shadow, I had a much beloved female Great Pyrenees (Shiloh) who died at 11 y.o. on 16th May 2017. I was not thinking of getting another dog because I am now 67 y.o. but my heart was so broken but when I saw Shadow, I drove 6 hours return to go get her. Met her mom a super affectionate Pyr. Shadow was quite a bundle for the first few months and at 2 months old she would obey commands like sit, lie down, come here and both paws. Then I taught her 'wait' (I have difficulty walking & going up/down the stairs), 'come eat your food', 'leave it', 'up' and 'down' with the car. Then one day I told her that she has to tell me clearly what she wanted. To my surprise, when she wants to go outside she touches the door knob or points at the door, when she wants to fresh water she points to the kitchen sink and for food or treats she makes a particuler kind of mumbling. Teaching her not to pull when walking is taking longer but learned quickly not to get tangled around trees or posts. Also teaching her to stop barking. She looks more like a St-Bernard, she is black and white with similar markings of the St-Bernard and most people think she is a St-Bernard or a Newfoundland Landseer. As for her temperament, she reminds me a lot of Shiloh because Pyrs do not eat as much as other same size dogs and I feed her raw diet. Very gentle when she takes food/treats from my fingers. I have 2 male cats and they all love each other, licking each other, sleeping side by side with Shadow putting her paw over while sleeping. Shadow is also very funny and very expressive with her face. All the things she does like Shiloh is amazing, just seems like Shiloh somehow taught her. Inside, she is always by my side wherever I am. At the dog park, she is very gentle with the little dogs and everybody loves her and the way she plays with all the dogs. She is submissive with no grain of meanness or aggressivity. We go to dog park almost everyday (between 40 minutes to 2-1/2 hours), playing in the backyard 2-3 times a day, and take her for 20 minutes walks as often as I can. I live alone with no relatives and no friends, so Shadow and my cats (Bailey and Bizou) are my family and treat them as such. We all love each other unconditionnally. I feel very blessed and happy to have them with me.
1 year, 3 months ago
Maible
6 Months
5 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Catch treats
Fetch
Chase
This is our first experience with this breed
1 year, 7 months ago
Ariel
6 Months
3 People
Condo
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Energy
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snow
Walking
Dirt
She is so gentle and an amazing pet
1 year, 8 months ago
Marlee
20 Months
3 People
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Pastimes
Eating Snacks
Tug of war
Walking
Very fun and adorable. She has a mind of her own at times but the older she gets the better behaved she is. Very lovable. Let's me know when it's time to eat.
1 year, 9 months ago
Gaston
9 Months
3 People
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I have had saint bernards for the past 20 years, Gaston is my first Saint Pyrenees and I absolutely love him! He barks more than a saint, and at the silliest things but he is obedient and wants to please. He enjoys watching movies on the sofa with me, going on long car rides and trips thru the drive thru of starbucks for bacon. He is a love oh yes and he loves to sleep.
1 year, 12 months ago
Jack
10 Months
2 People
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We rescued him and he's such a blessing! He gets along with our border collie wonderfully. He has brought new life into our home!
2 years, 1 month ago
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!
2 years, 3 months ago
Max the Giant
18 Months
5 People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
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 years, 4 months ago
Millie
4 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Wrestling, playing
Very loving and sensitive
2 years, 4 months ago
Shinobi
5 Months
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walks
Cuddles
Playing in the snow
Watching the baby
Sweet loving energetic loves playing loves our son and older dogs
2 years, 4 months 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!
2 years, 5 months ago
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