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pyrenean shepherd
Pyrenean Shepherd

Rough-Faced Smooth-Faced

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Pyrenean Shepherd

Pyrenees Mountains

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Pyrenean Shepherd

Pyrenees Mountains

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Pyrenean Shepherd

Pyrenees Mountains

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Pyrenean Shepherd

Ossau-Iraty sheep cheese

Pyrenees Mountains

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Pyrenean Shepherd

Pyrenean Co-Workers

2 varieties
2 Varieties

Smooth-Faced Rough-Faced

appearance
Appearance

Smooth-Faced Rough-Faced

height
Height

Rough-Faced Males: 15 ½ - 18 ½ Females: 15 - 18 Smooth-Faced Males: 15 ½ - 21 Females: 15 ½ - 20 ½

Always examine on the table

substance
Substance

Lightly-boned & sinewy

proportions
Proportions

Smooth-Faced :Nearly square

Rough-Faced :Clearly longer than tall

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Head - triangular, rather small, top nearly flat, almond eye not obscured by hair, high set ears

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HeadExpression – Alert, Intelligent, Mischievous

Correct Natural Ear

Faulty Natural Ears

muzzle
Muzzle

Muzzle too short

Muzzle too long

Smooth-Faced

Rough-Faced

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Pyrenean Shepherd

Disqualification:

Nose other than black

Lips tight fitting

Scissors bite preferred

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Pyrenean Shepherd-Body

Shoulder blades: rather long

Back: level

Loin: arched, higher than shoulder blades

Croup: short, oblique

Neck: rather long, well-arched

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Pyrenean Shepherd-Body

Smooth-Faced variety:

appears more square with more level topline

hindquarters
Hindquarters

Rather short upper thigh, long lower thigh, short hock, well angulated.

Hind feet characteristically toe out slightly

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Tail

Traditionally docked, tail may also be long, or natural bob-tail. Carried low

Pup with faulty tail carriage

Pup born with natural bob-tail Pup with correct long tail

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Pyrenean Shepherd-Coat

Quality of coat is more important than abundance

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Rough-Faced: Demi-Long

Muzzle and leg hair is shorter than on long-haired dogs

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Rough-Faced: Long

Hair may cord, especially on elbows, croup and thighs, but never on the head

Hair must not veil the eyes

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No Scissoring!

Withhold ribbons from any dog whose coat has been scissored, especially on its face.

This dog’s face was scissored to keep the hair from veiling the eyes

Before

After

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Pyrenean Shepherd

Disqualification: Too Much White

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Pyrenean Shepherd -Gait

Flowing, harmonious, excellent reach & drive but feet never far from ground, “shaves the earth”

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Disqualifications

In closing, let’s review the seven breed disqualifications:

▪ Individuals under the minimum height at the withers:

Rough-Faced - males under 15 ½ inches, females under 15 inches.

Smooth-Faced - males and females under 15 ½ inches.

▪ Individuals exceeding the maximum height at the withers by more that ½ inch:

Rough-Faced - males above 19 inches, females above 18 ½ inches.

Smooth-Faced - males above 21 ½ inches, females above 21 inches.

▪ Missing pigment on the eye rims.

▪ Blue eyes in an individual of coat color other than merle.

▪ Nose other than black.

▪ Overshot or undershot bite.

▪ White coat color exceeding 50% of the body.

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Thank You!

Pyrenean Shepherd Club of America

www.pyrshep.com

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