The Pyredoodle, a large crossbred dog, is the offspring of the Great Pyrenees and the Poodle. Like its parent breeds, the Pyredoodle has a dense coat consisting of straight or slightly curly hair, which is quite profuse about the face, neck, and tail. It is an energetic dog with a well-proportioned body, dark nose, oval eyes, and an elegant appearance.
|Other Names||Pyreneespoo, Pyrepoo, Pyreneesdoodle, Great Pyrenees Poodle Mix|
|Coat||Long/short, thick, wooly|
|Color||Gray, silver, white, brown, brindle, apricot, black|
|Group of Breed||Working|
|Weight||85-100 lbs (38.6-45.4 kg)|
|Size/Height||Big; 15-32 inches|
|Size of Litter||2-4 puppies on average|
|Temperament||Affectionate, intelligent, calm, devoted, courageous|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DDKC, DRA|
Temperament and Behavior
While the Pyredoodle’s demeanor is of loyalty, patience, and gentleness, it makes a great guard dog being protective of its family. Its natural fearlessness and alertness combined with its big stature give it an imposing guardian-like appearance. It is independent and stubborn by nature, often seen working on its own or figuring out things. This pet is typically wary and reserved with strangers and may bark if it senses danger. However, it will quickly settle down once it finds that its owner is at ease with the stranger. The dog thrives with its family and can become destructive when left alone or separated from its family members. It is also loving and amiable with young children as well as small pets in the family.
This is a fairly active dog that needs one or two spells of moderate exercises to keep its health in optimum condition. Make sure that you take your pet out on a leash for an hour of jogging and hiking. The Pyredoodle may become bored very quickly, and so it needs plenty of dog toys for proper stimulation. When playing in an enclosed yard together with your pet, try to make it more interactive as it will help in improving your bond with the dog.
It needs regular grooming with weekly brushing to keep its coat clean, shiny, and tangle free. If shedding is more than average, brush its coat regularly to get rid of dead hairs and prevent mats. Since its coat is relatively dirt-repellent, the Pyredoodle does not need frequent bathing. Make sure you use a quality dog shampoo when bathing your pet.
These dogs might be affected by health issues such as problems of bones and joints (hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and patellar luxation), gastric torsion, Addison’s disease, and eye disorders (entropion, cataracts, and optic nerve hypoplasia). When you are adopting a Pyredoodle puppy, check whether the breeder has health clearances from the CERF and the OFA for the puppy’s parents.
These dogs are somewhat difficult to train due to their strong-willed and assertive nature. Therefore, they need an experienced owner who could establish leadership with firm and consistent training.
- Socialization: Introduce your puppy to new people and dogs; exposure to different experiences such as loud noises, getting in/out of vehicles, going on walks, visiting other people’s houses and the vet will help develop trust in you as well as others.
- Obedience training: Teach your pet to respond to commands such as sit, stay, off, come, stop, and heel.
- Tricks: Use food rewards and verbal praises to instruct your Pyredoodle to perform new dog tricks.
An adult Pyredoodle requires about 4-5 cups of dry food each day.