Pyrenean Mastiff Breed Origins and Caracteristics

This breed is very big and it belongs to the group of dogs called Hungarians which ancestors were among the dogs that came to Europe in the 9th century with the Magyars, or some centuries later with the Cumans. The Pyrenean Mastiffs were raised in both sides of these mountains, the Spanish and French and both countries participated in keeping the breed selection. The French and Spanish standards were slightly different in insignificant details. In the exhibitions, this breed was associated with the dogs from the Pyrenean mountains, which are very similar, and both breeds are truly crossed among each other. The dog of the Pyrenean Mountain comes from the Ariege and Andorra valleys, where they were used to protect the herds against wolves and bears.

In Hungary there are many breeds of the same origin as these two aforementioned dogs. The most known is the kuvasz, which in its origin was also guardian of herds, but in the times of Mathew I it was also used to hunt wolves and wild boars.

The dogs of these three breeds are intelligent, brave, good guardians and they understand children perfectly. Its long hair requires a lot of care. It is indispensable to groom it and comb it several times per week behind the ears, around the anus and the genital organs where the hair tends to get tangled.

The Pyrenean Mastiff (1). Size: male 70-81 cm; female 65-73.5 cm. Weight: 45-55 kg. Colors: white o white with light yellow patches or wolf gray on the head, the ears or the beginning of the tail (1). Some isolated patches are accepted in the body. The hair is dense, straight, not too long, with a fine and wavy texture.

Mountain dog of the Pyrenees (2). Size: male 70-81 cm; female 65-73.5 cm. Weight: 45-55 kg. Colors: like the above-mentioned breed, but in the dogs with badger-colored patches. The hair is dense, long and soft, finer and slightly wavy in the rear part.

Kuvasz (3). Size: male 71-76 cm; female 66-71 cm. Weight: 40-60 kg. Colors: white, eventually ivory-colored. The skin can be much pigmented (it is gray). The nose is chalkboard gray; the palate is black or it has black patches. The hair is rougher and slightly wavy. The puppies' skin is bright, dense, smooth or wavy.

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