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The Pyrenean Mountain Dog, also commonly known as the Great Pyrenees, is a large, Majestic breed of dog that was used traditionally for protecting livestock (especially sheep) in pasture.

It is a very old breed, and has been used for millennia by the Basque people. The Basques are an indigenous people who inhabit parts of the region in and around the Pyrenees Mountains of southern France. More recently, it has served as the official dog of the royal French court (whose prominence began circa the Middle Ages, and lasted until the middle of the nineteenth century).

Males weigh in at about 100-130 pounds (45 kilograms), while bitches are approximately 85-115 pounds (39 kilograms). Their fur is often whitewith shades of grey or tan around the face, ears and sometimes on the body; these dogs are called "blaireau". Only one in four will have a pure white coat.

The Great Pyrenees is readily identifiable by a double dewclaw on each of its hind legs. These are considered breed standard, more than two dewclaws is not a fault just undesirable and should not be removed by veterinarians.

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