Owning a Great Pyrenees : Breeder Recommendations
This large and beautiful breed can be a source of pride for the family, as well as a great companion. The key is beginning your search for a Great Pyrenees by visiting at least three reputable breeders.
The Pyrenees has an impressive appearance because of its size and beautiful, white coat, and elegant gait.
The characteristics of this dog make it very attractive to those looking for a new family pet.
Things to Know Before Getting Great Pyrenees
The Great Pyrenees, which gets its name from the European mountain range, can be a loyal and very protective pet, but they are not the easiest to train among purebred dogs. Therefore, we recommend visiting at least three top-quality breeders and being prepared with as many questions as it takes to get the information needed for making your decision.
Typically, puppies are adorable and the color and build of the Pyrenees puppy makes the breed even more attractive, at least during the puppy stage. However, it may be best not to choose the first puppy that seems to “choose” you.
Instead, we suggest you take your time, looking closely at the entire litter. Sometimes the puppy that is slightly less forward makes the best home companion.
You may be considering a purchase from the retail pet shop or from an individual who advertises as a breeder, but in doing this you may end up with an unhealthy and poorly socialized puppy. A good breeder would always be open to your questions and should be comfortable with you looking at his facilities and the dogs.
Additionally, a top breeder would spend ample time with young dogs, making sure each is comfortable with people and other dogs. This can go a long way to making sure that your Great Pyrenees is comfortable with you and your family.
You should take time to find out about hip dysplasia, a joint disease that can affect many dogs. Your breeder should be aware of this and offer you a puppy that has been certified against this condition with at least the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) certification. It is best to look for signs of good treatment for all the dogs at the breeder’s facilities too. This means seeing the dogs have access to clean water and fresh food, and have a clean cage, and a generally clean environment.
One of the things that many owners of new puppies do not want to think about is the possibility of losing their pet early on. For this reason, it is best to prepare for this by asking the breeder about replacing the dog if it becomes seriously ill in the first few months. For instance, if the puppy were to die within a specific timeframe, make sure you would be provided with your money back or a new, healthy puppy.
A good breeder would gladly offer you a contract, with these situations spelled out in writing. It is best to have as much information as you can and to have special situations outlined in writing, so that there are no misunderstandings later.
Getting off to the right start with a reputable breeder and a healthy puppy will eliminate many of the problems dog owners often encounter. Take the time to ask questions and get information and you should enjoy your experience with the Great Pyrenees.
This beautiful breed of dog makes a wonderful addition to the family but again, it is essential that you start off with a happy, healthy, and well-adjusted puppy.
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