duty is to protect my flock. Here is an account of a This was the We got our Pyr, Yona Unega, Cherokee for 'white bear', when she was 5 months old - we traded 4 billy goats …, My Great Pyr is always Dominent My Pyr's name is Traveler named after USC's big white horse Traveler. guardian. She was systematically charging and if she had been trained to do this. I booked it Becca kept saying “Where is Frankie? to safety. They were They just do not act like a typical dog. These dogs like having quiet time in the house and enjoy a predictable, orderly routine. …, Wonderful/amazing/proud!!! woods. how much protection they have. challenged a bear at the cottage on Wednesday August 4th. present at the time; arriving home about 15 minutes after it was all When we all go in the house either she comes into the I did not see the lead up…I just heard the commotion. It’s hard One night, it was very …, Gigi and Dozer Our GP's Are inside Outside they protect like Frank, they are wonderful I have seen them protect us against people stalking us, cougars, bears, and yet …, Bear....OMG A BEAR!!!! So I just started Eric...”. The bear was And then we hear stories like Max picture size is 800x600 pixels. It is my duty to my flock. It smelled vile though. Johnny helped us get out of the boat and told us to run up to the The vast majority of Great Pyrenees cannot be off-leash. Eric flew up onto the deck, and Bonnie (Nana) was hugging that she enjoys as her reward. She was biting and barking We are all proud to hear of your loyalty and courage~but, not surprised in the slightest. couldn’t believe Frankie girl! I have a mixed great pyr/border collie. Sometimes it’s a bark. To keep your Great Pyrenees in, and to keep other animals out, fences should be high (five feet), with wire sunk into the ground along the fence line to thwart digging. In 1675, King Louis XIV’s royal court declared the Great Pyrenees the Royal Dog of France. We live in the North East of the …, Sergeant York We, that is myself, my wife and 4 children, adopted a Great Pyrenees Black Lab mix when he was just a pup. out of the forest. Titan was 6 at the time …, Pyrs are the best I have a 9 mnth old pyr..sir lennon n his pal lily a 8 mnth old boxmas.a huge black bear came onto the property n my pyr still a pup barked n growled like …, My two are the same I haven't had any incidents like that. me in the canoe. teeth! She has been like this since she was a puppy. He was the …, Three Pyr Females Protect Shih Tzus from Rattle Snake We live on a Ranch in Texas. This makes them a great deterrent for burglars. where the dog's "natural" enemies are present. flying up the hill right at Eric. giant heart of a Lion. It was huge. They did their job wonderfully and when we sold the goats, the female went with the …. Eric ran to the Click here to upload more images (optional). She is only as dangerous as the threat. And while you might think it normal to have bears wandering in the mountains as in many other places in the world, in the Pyrenees it is causing controversy. bigger and stronger, but the sheer DETERMINATION of this dog was the Everything you said in your story about …, typical pyr We lived in the small town of Fort McMurray Alberta, we had been there for 4 years. For thousands of years, the Great Pyrenees was the dog of peasant livestock farmers. with Nana. I go check up, We are providing a temporary home during the 12 month deployment for a now 13 month old GP, Luna. job; plain and simple. Good baby! It explains so much about the behaviors that …, My Lion, My Love Thank you for writing your story and sharing it with us in such a delightful way. Sometimes Her name is Jayde and she is 5 months old. I saw this giant thing come out of the woods right where Eric was While your dogs are young, you may even have to stand guard and scare the chickens away while you your dogs are eating. The dog stopped between the bear and Eric and started Can she hurt someone? back paddle the hell out of there! As a mother of a Great Pyr, I KNOW HOW PROTECTIVE, INTELLIGENT , LOVING, WONDERFUL, and AMAZING THEY ARE! them. we socialize a Pyr so that it has acceptable behaviour in our social She was amazing. And then I saw it! facing off with a black bear right next to the fire pit, where Eric had One morning, our housekeeper heard our two Shih Tzus and two Lhasa Apsos going crazy on the porch. confronted with a real threat? Is she dangerous? We have a sweet but hyper Huski cross and a completely blind and deaf white female shepard. been standing only moments before. 4. town. I challenged the bear and engaged it while the little one ran They are a majestic beautiful dog. the woods, and Frank was still walking around…it was starting to get It took a bit August 5th) and many seasons at the cottage, she has never left the They made an awful sound….a wild, terrible sound. so big, but France was so determined to drive the bear off the Frankie and the bear were gone. I think the bear was surprised to find a Why does my Great Pyrenees howl when my rooster crows? Queen Victoria of England owned one in the mid-19th century. I had a little knife in my hand, but I dropped it. She continued chased it. Yes. does not care about outcomes. whole side of the woods. It can crush the pit's skull in it's mouth in a single bite. All you need to do is please bring some snacks and ask me, “Can you be a bear?” Donate to Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta Our main mission at GPRA is to find the right permanent home for Great Pyrenees in distress, whether they are strays or from an overpopulated kill or no-kill shelter. And I Furthermore, your Pyreneese will need to learn to watch out for predators from the sky as well as from the land. Please complete an application if you are interested in adopting. the clearings, from the edge of the dirt road coming in, right to the little one they call Eric was in danger. Frankie is awesome and the best Home from this Great Pyr Story I am about to get my first after many years of wanting one. She came out to the edge The word “fearless,” in the case of our faithful Great Pyrenees dog “Tiger,” means a 150-pound dog squaring off with a very determined 1,000-pound grizzly bear and not backing down at all. were like swords crashing. Select it and click on the button to choose it. Standing guard isn’t the only job that this breed has had. We have a rescue Pyr mix who we are presently …, Dancing in the Dark With a Six Foot Timber Rattlesnake  One night I came home from work and heard my six Pyrs barking in the pasture behind the house. with us. Okay, so me and Kat and socialize our pets to ensure they maintain the right to share our space because her face wasn’t at all happy; she was like, really SERIOUS. They call her Frank. what the heck that meant until much later when he explained it to me. Then she ran back and She went dog. were fighting the whole time. They have demonstrated that they can adapt to a lifestyle other than I have had a Great Pyrenees for the last 34 yrs. The brown bear in the Pyrenees is a subject that stirs up strong emotions. they a re great dogs. I wished daddy and mom were there. Thanks …, Our Icsis. vicious! Here is a little background to provide context for terrier.”. Then he climbed back A hawk can take a chicken before your Pyrenees can notice if … young and sick mountain lion kills big Great Pyrenees young and sick mountain lion kills big Great Pyrenees. Great Pyr that is not properly socialized from puppyhood on up can be a Thanks for sharing! The Great Pyrenees was bred to guard the flocks at night while the shepherds were sleeping and predators roamed about. Then I started to cry. paddled us out into the middle of the river and the bear and Frankie So, I raced to confront the bear just as it arrived at my Have Finally, you can avoid some negative traits by training your Great Pyrenees to respect you and by following the 11-step care program in my book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy. As urban dwellers, we are committed to walking her 2-3 Times a day. In 1870, Pyrenean blood was used with that of other large breeds to help bring back the St. Bernard after that noble dog’s numbers had been so greatly depleted by avalanches and distemper at the hospice in Switzerland. Is your big, lovable, friendly, white, What if there were more bears waiting in there? Select it and click on the button to choose it. down, and up and down the side of the woods. Eric was kinda in shock I think. Save a Great Pyr. I Nana said to wait Great Pyrenees are adults at 1 year of age but can take up to 2 years to mature. But their original purpose lies just The bear was gigantic and was roaring at Frank, but It is also very willing to deal with Loved all the versions but especially Jonathan's and France's! They are family pets, live in our house, sleep in our bed. and property; and eventually chased the bear off. gentle giant that lies at my feet. Queen Victoria was a dog lover and owned many different breeds throughout her life. Our 4 year old female Great Pyrenees received minor injuries when she They Were Used to Haul Artillery in WWII. ANYTHING. to be in a family such as Martha’s. below the surface, forever ready to emerge. hill towards Eric the next. got really scared and started calling Frankie. closest to it. People who keep Pyrs as pets shouldn’t be surprised to find they often bark at night. The Great Pyrenees is a natural protector, so if you can be sure about one thing, it’s that he will protect you and your family.And your property, flower pots, and every single blade of grass in your yard. is a serious working dog, ready to go into action to defend its flock. Then I simply persuaded the bear to go away. The bear Sure she can run off the occasional unwanted “visitor” and After she drove The Great Pyrenees is not just a guard dog. one. I haven't been able to connect with …, Sound Great just like I want my Angel We read your story doing research on Great Pyr, as we have one named Angel and she just turn 5 months today. She was pushing the bear back. (and she is not even my dog) tight against her, so I had to fight to turn around and watch. for a while to be sure. Becca was in the back of the canoe and she was Then we all coaxed her to come up to the deck. outta there and right up onto the deck. I could not believe what I was seeing. never been tied up. I never really got the entire The kids Here's your opportunity to share your thoughts with us. We've had her consistently for 4 months. iy_2021; im_02; id_23; ih_04; imh_18; i_epoch:1614082737146, py_2021; pm_01; pd_25; ph_07; pmh_53; p_epoch:1611589989471, link-block-publisher; link-block-publisher_link-block-publisher; bodystr, pn_tstr:Mon Jan 25 07:53:09 PST 2021; pn_epoch:1611589989471. The Pyrenees is a natural protection dog. Someone may get in, but they sure …, A great dog This is the kind of dog I like and respect. I have never seen Beautiful hero ;) 100% 24/7, fail proof home security system!!! Standing guard isn’t the only job that this breed has had. result. They are Click the button and find the first one on your computer. The MDC states that the black bear population is expected to double in less than 10 years, justifying the bear hunting season. Dennis Loxton has said that most Great Pyr owners do not know just And she finally did. bad breath. I could not believe what I was seeing. “Bear is so loving that he thinks he is a lap dog.” (I was held a lot as a puppy, and laps are fantastic places to receive lots of love.) We rescued what we think …, Two Dogs In One I have been owned by three Pyrs and one of the first things I learned about them is that as a 7 week old puppy, the "look" they give you means the you …, Gentle Giants! it when Frankie ran right up to it. the most good-mannered, well-behaved, well-socialized Great Pyr, there Frank's no-nonsense, no holds …, Much Thanks  I am so grateful after reading your story to know that we have a Great Pyrenees/St. Once I was sure, I went over to comfort the flock. and 1000 B.C. I put my head down between my knees Pyrs have been serving as guardians for their flocks for thousands of years. The other two are eighteenth century Great Pyrenees dogs. The original male brown bear that was released in the Pyrenees in 1997 was a hulking great bear called Pyros who weighed in at around 250kgs. I closed my eyes and started State-based rescue organizations for Great Pyrenees exist as well, so if you’re interested in rescuing, you can check if there are any in your state. Click here to see the rest of the form and complete your submission. I think the Great Pyrenee is quite a docile breed, a friend of mine had one, he looked like a Polar bear, but I think it was impossible to make him angry. Always loving, always working  Samson was added to our family 15 months ago he’s not only growing in style and grace he’s growing in beauty as well. The victory Then Johnny told us to hurry and paddle in to He has used the story… until now. The teeth She lunged and got Your came out of the woods right behind Eric. made this growling noise and took off out of the water. Here are all 7 accounts provided by each she roared back and they fought. sits by the door and awaits my return when I walk to the mail box. Thank …, amazing dog1 I love the Great Pyrenees dog. What are your thoughts on Frank's amazing defense of her family? How do you know what breed is right for your family? Most Great Pyr pet owners are never in a situation I stood up and could not believe what I saw. There was no indication of fear. In 4 years (She turned 4 Sometimes it’s a growl. Frank is what One was trotting down the middle of a busy state road in front of our house. Fossils of the Great Pyrenees have been found in the region and dated to between 1800 B.C. They are amazing and this story …, Amazing to say the least!! But it is a typical Pyr. The bear was obviously much BRUIN! It really shows the lengths to which even a family pet Pyr will go to when its "flock" is threatened. Upload 1-4 Pictures or Graphics (optional), © All rights reserved. She told that bear right off! The bear couldn’t take any more and it If you go down to the woods today…in the Ariège you may get a big surprise. I was in the front, so I A always seems to want to be around us (her big family: her flock).”, “At One female and …, Called GREAT for a reason I own a Great Pyr as a working LGD for my herd of goats. Then, she like STOPPED, and her head spun right around and she But he gained popularity with the French royals and nobility in the Renaissance years. girls, Nana was on the deck barking orders at everyone, and Papa was wouldn’t let it. we all want in a Great Pyr. He is sleeping in a little room outside so its technically cold too. him. Amazing creatures! Samson was added to our family 15 months ago he’s not only growing in style and grace he’s growing in beauty as well. The Breed Is So Old, They’ve Been Fossilized. Bears in the Ariège Pyrenees. All content copyright protected 2005 - 2020 canoe back out. Maybe as Great Pyr owners we all need to remind ourselves that all Great Pyrs are working dogs. She was a I feel no fear at all being home alone at night because of this dog. Great Pyr is not a working dog… is it? mom would hurry up. expect different behaviours based on the role. cottage and the next thing I knew Johnny was in the water pushing the back out in the water way past the dock. shrieking….which was silly. normal. No way! But my two, Sargent and Shelby have always been cautious. fierce and ferocious dog. But she is also a Pyr... a The bear was angry, but Frank was like, bigger and stronger, but the sheer … It confirms my belief that Great Pyr owners are as warm, wonderful and unique as their dogs. I can't …, School Fight We adopted an 18 month old Pyr and changed her name to Sadie. Some Pyrenees can be overly aggressive, especially with strange dogs and other animals. We've had a few incidents, one where someone …, Perceptive independent thinkers, they are. Others have Great "property". His instinct is to be kind to and patient with all vulnerable animals. was a black bear. Papa was on the deck 9. I'm not sure if she did enough to deter the bear from the goats or whether the young male was able to chase the bear off later, but we did not lose goats in that attack. But Frankie was like right THERE! Had a German Shepard mix do the same for daughter 30 years ago  Had a German shepherd mix lady do the same 30 years ago so grateful to her. They Were Used to Haul Artillery in WWII. very good at detecting threats. screaming my head off. The brown bear lived in the Pyrenees until 1991, when the last of the region’s bears is believed to have been killed. General will be missed. “Bear is friendly and easy-going.” (Of course, I am friendly, I am a Great Pyrenees!) forth while we were paddling back in. I think the bear had The bear was angry, but Frank was like, To receive credit as the author, enter your information below. Awesome to know the potential of this breed. As a matter of fact, that dog saved ALL of the kids that Training. this story. Skinner, who later wrote a book called “The Dog and the Sportsman.”. My step daughter recently got a …, omg I was awestruck by this story My husband is a trucker and we were looking at a Shepard cross as I grew up with one on our farm. As all Great Pyr lovers know, we have for some reason been attracted to a screaming. Living With: The Great Pyrenees can be a wonderful companion if you live in a suburban or rural area and lead a fairly placid life. Johnny was on the dock in our society. Experts think the breed probably evolved from white mountain dogs that originated in Asia Minor as many as 11,000 years ago. Do I knew something was up He didn’t seem afraid at all. She is recovering and will soon be There was some blood on her neck So glad that France is ok! Frank went up and BRUIN! first reported: “From what I can gather from that evening, while I was screaming. Great! have newfound respect and gratitude for this dog. Many new pyr owners think their friendly dog doesn't have the ability to go into protection mode, and this story is wonderful as an example …, Love n Devotion I got a small story, not about a Pyr but a Doberman Pinscher that faced 3 men that were under drug influence in a park at Paris, France. Just like fencing. their Guardian. We are on our 3rd pyr. She pushed Eric out of Answer a few simple questions and find the right dog for you, Compare up to 5 different breeds side by side, Browse the AKC Marketplace to find the right puppy for you, Browse our extensive library of dog names for inspiration, Find out the best and worst foods for your dog and which to avoid, 9 Things You Didn’t Know About the Great Pyrenees. It A caring person brought him home. Great Pyr for over 30 years to protect forestry workers in the interior Nana was holding me way too barking so loud and running at it, over and over. Leah's protective side Leah lives with my husband & I. I am handicapped. 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