If you’re in the market for a fluffy watchdog that will grow with your children, look no further than the splendid Pyredoodle!
When the Great Pyrenees and Standard Poodle are crossed, the result is a large, lovable dog known as a Pyredoodle. These intelligent, patient and affectionate dogs are often considered family protectors and are typically allergy friendly.
Keep reading to learn more about the Pyredoodle, what to expect when you own one, and some of the history of its parent breeds.
Great Pyrenees, Pyredoodle, and Poodle Comparison Table
|Height||25-32 inches||15-32 inches||Over 15 inches|
|Weight||At least 85 pounds||85-100 pounds||40-70 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||10-12 years||10-12 years||10-18 years|
|Colors||White with markings of:|
|Coat Type||Double coat with medium length||Wavy with long length||Curly with long length|
|Affection Levels||Very loving||Very loving||Very loving|
|Shedding Level||Average shedding||No shedding||No shedding|
|Trainability||Average trainability||Pretty easy to train||Very easy to train|
|Exercise||Average exercise needs||Average exercise needs||Pretty high exercise needs|
|Friendliness to People||Alright with strangers||Alright with strangers||Very open to strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Average drooling||Less drooling||Little to no drooling|
|Mental Stimulation||Average mental stimulation required||High mental stimulation required||Very high mental stimulation required|
|Barking Level||Average barking||More barking||More barking|
About Great Pyrenees
Despite their size and history of being a working dog, the Great Pyrenees is not a highly active breed. Instead of the intense, energy-consuming work of a herding dog, the Great Pyrenees worked as a sentinel, watching over a flock of livestock for signs of danger.
If the need ever arose, these large dogs would spring to action to challenge fierce predators like wolves and bears in the Pyrenees Mountains along the border of France and Spain.
Their thick coat of fur helped protect them from the worst of the elements while on duty, as well as served as a small barrier to injury in the case of a standoff with wildlife.
You might be surprised to know that the breed rose to fame and status in the 17th century when French royalty diverged from their typical appreciation of dainty, small dog breeds.
You can tell the Great Pyrenees wasn’t an average dog because of the way they referred to the breed as “Le Grande Chien des Montagnes” (the big dog of the mountains, in English).
Widely appreciated for its hypoallergenic hair coat, the Poodle has long been a popular breed. First by hunters in Germany (where the breed originated) for their intelligence and athleticism.
Then by French royalty who were charmed by the elegant pompons of hair, and so on until the present day, where the Miniature and Toy-sized versions are almost synonymous with high profile actors and people of wealth.
The breed has even managed to hold on to its critically acclaimed position of 7th in the American Kennel Club’s ranking of breed popularity throughout many of the years since its recognition in 1887.
For the most part, Poodles are no longer used for their hunting purposes and, instead, live in the lap of luxury as a common show dog breed. However, their intelligence also lends itself to emerging fields like service animals that support the everyday life of their impaired owners.
Sometimes also known as Pyrepoos, Pyreneesdoodles, and Pyreneespoos, the Pyredoodle is thought to have first been intentionally bred in the 1980s.
However, the designer dog breed did not gain much popularity until the early 2000s, when the need for a hypoallergenic dog became more important.
How Big Will My Pyredoodle Be?
As listed in the table above, a Pyredoodle can be anywhere between 15 and 32 inches tall at the shoulder. While this is the case, your Pyredoodle is more likely to be on the larger side of this wide spectrum. Many report female Pyredoodles being at least 22 inches tall and males at 28 inches.
This assumes that you have picked up a Pyredoodle puppy that is the result of crossing a purebred Great Pyrenees with a purebred Standard Poodle, though.
Technically, any of the Poodle sizes could be crossed with the Great Pyrenees through in vitro fertilization and transplantation of viable embryos.
This means your Pyredoodle could end up smaller than the indicated range if a Toy Poodle, for example, was used. There’s nothing wrong with this crossing as long as a responsible breeder does it, but a Standard Poodle will be used more often than not.
Why Are Pyredoodles Good Family Dogs?
We’ve already established that Pyredoodles are excellent dogs for families to own, but why? Thankfully, the Great Pyrenees’ watchdog nature is often inherited by Pyredoodle offspring.
This makes Pyredoodles exceedingly patient and careful with even small children. They can commonly be seen playing with and watching children to ensure their safety after bonding with family members.
Despite their size, Pyredoodles are usually careful not to bowl over children. Because they are not herding dogs, you shouldn’t experience incidents of nipping children that stray too far from the “flock”.
Their fluffy and, typically, hypoallergenic coat is wonderfully soft when properly groomed, which makes Pyredoodles a great, cuddly companion. An average of just 30 to 60 minutes of exercise each day is easily accessible for even the busiest families as well.
The Pyredoodle’s list of great qualities doesn’t end there! They are affectionate and loyal to owners, meaning that they will alert the family to potential threats that come to the door and will put themselves between you and the threat.
They can be shy and wary of uninvited strangers but will quickly warm up to those they are introduced to by trusted family.
Although the table states that Pyredoodles usually tolerate the presence of other family dogs, they are often quite social creatures that enjoy having another dog around when properly socialized.
Other pets may need to be watched around a Pyredoodle, but they don’t necessarily have a high prey drive that causes them to chase and harass small animals.
Are Pyredoodles A Healthy Mixed Breed?
Generally, Pyredoodles are healthy mixed dogs when they are bred by responsible breeders. Many of the issues listed in the table above can be avoided with the proper diet and exercise until a dog reaches the last few years of its life, when some of the conditions become almost inevitable.
As you can see, Pyredoodles are a superb choice for families and can even be a wonderful choice for first-time dog owners. As with any dog breed, the best version of your dog can be achieved by positive reinforcement training, early socialization, and plenty of loving attention.
With a Pyredoodle, you can look forward to having a companion for any activity you choose since they are just as content lazing around for a day as they are going for a scenic hike or a leisurely swim.