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Pyrenean Shepherd basic information

The smallest of the French herding dogs, the Pyrenean is no more than 22 inches (56 cm) at the withers, with males between 15 1/2 to 22 inches (39-56 cm), and females between 15 1/2 to 20 inches (39-51 cm). The weight is between 18-32 lbs (8-14.5 kg), aiming for muscular, never fat.

The head is of small proportions in comparison to the dog, with a rather flat skull, and a somewhat short, pointed muzzle. The face is expressive and intelligent, with dark eyes, except in the case of the harlequin or slate gray colours. In France, the general choice for the dog's ears is cropped, otherwise, the Pyrenean Shepherd should have drop ears. Naturally prick ears are not of the breed, and may indicate an outcross.

The body is long and lean, and should reflect the natural energetic athleticism of the dog. The legs are well proportioned, with lean, well-bent hocks typical of a sure-footed mountain breed. The tail can be cropped short, naturally short, or naturally long, so long as its carried below the backline at rest and in motion.

Coat
The coat has two basic varieties, smooth-faced (or smooth-haired) and rough-faced (or long-haired). The smooth-faced variety has short, fine hairs on the muzzle, with a modest ruff around the face and neck, and some feathering along the legs, tail, and belly. In contrast, the rough-faced has some long hairs around the muzzle and face, though never enough to cover or obscure the eyes or create a bearded effect, and semilong or long, coarse hair over the rest of the body.

Colour
Shades of fawn are most typical for the breed, either with or without black shadowing, with shades of grey, harlequins in various shades, and the much-rarer black. All colours allow for some white at the head, chest and feet, but clean colours are preferred.

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