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Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Website is ready!
« on: November 28, 2007, 10:35:09 pm »
Wow, a lovely site with beautiful pictures.   I too have bookmarked it...

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: A lil help please!:)
« on: November 13, 2007, 02:54:12 pm »
I was told by several breeders (and a few breed clubs) that double front dew claws are a fault but not a disqualificati on in the show ring.  Most breeders remove them,  if present, when the puppy is 2 - 3 days old so most wouldn't even know if they were ever present in the first place.  There is a dog that was shown successfully and Championed (can't remember his name now) that had a double front dew claw.   

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: double dew claws in front???
« on: October 08, 2007, 09:18:53 am »
This breeder told me that the grandfather of the puppy showed succcessfully with double front dew claws.  Did the standard change in the past several years? 

Medical Conditions & Diseases / double dew claws in front???
« on: October 07, 2007, 11:14:34 pm »
Can a Great Pyrenees also have a double dew claw in front?  Does anyone know where I can find out if this is considered a disqualificati on for showing?

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Feeding a raw food diet?
« on: November 06, 2006, 04:01:09 pm »
Does anyone do this?  The puppy we will be getting will be started this way and I don't have any experience with it.  Should I continue or transfer to another food?  I have read some information about it but am still a little confused about how it works exactly.  How long does it take for your dog to actually eat the meal.  I am worried about having a raw chicken carcass carried into my den for chewing :-).  Any hands on info is greatly appreciated.

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: socializing pyr puppy
« on: November 06, 2006, 03:56:56 pm »
Thanks for all the helpful information.  We don't have our puppy yet - we are anxiously awaiting "its" arrival :-)  . 

Great Pyrenees Discussions / socializing pyr puppy
« on: November 01, 2006, 03:33:39 pm »
What is the ideal way to socialize a Pyr pup and is there anything unique to socializing this breed relative to other breeds?  What is involved with raising a puppy with potential for future therapy work?  Any information is greatly appreciated.

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: raising Great Pyrs with other dogs
« on: January 09, 2006, 11:00:56 pm »
Thanks so much for letting me know about the GPCA.

I have just started to learn about the bloodlines as well as certain characteristic s within the breed but I suspect it will take some time for me to be "fluent" :-).  I breed horses so I am a bit of a bloodline junkie although I must say that it is much easier to remember Hanoverian sires and dams.  I noticed that many of the dogs have such long names :-).  Anyway, temperament and good health are the most important as we are looking for a pet/companion.  We prefer a male however a female is not out of the question if she is the right one.  We are thinking of getting a puppy later this year as my youngest daughter will be 4 years old.  We are, however, willing to wait for the right dog.   Regarding price, I think that the purchase price is the cheapest part of dog ownership.  That said, our main concern is a calm temperament and good health.  We are located in Ontario, Canada but we are willing to travel to deal with a good breeder.  Feel free to e-mail me at

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: More Puppies
« on: January 09, 2006, 10:22:11 pm »
They are absolutely adorable!!!

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: raising Great Pyrs with other dogs
« on: January 09, 2006, 10:12:34 pm »
Thanks for your reply. 
Is it possible to determine if a young puppy will have a more "square" muzzle?  Also, do you have any suggestions on whether a male of female would be better suited in a home with a neutered male?
Do you have any advice on how one can determine if a breeder is considered "reputable"?

Great Pyrenees Discussions / raising Great Pyrs with other dogs
« on: January 08, 2006, 10:52:23 pm »
We are seriously considering a Great Pyr however my question is....  how difficult is it to raise this type of breed with another dog in the household (1 1/2 year old Standard Poodle)?  I was told that a puppy raised with another dog will bond to our other dog making training very difficult if not impossible.  Is there any truth to this? 

Although I have some experience with flock guards as we had a Kuvasz many years ago, I have no direct experience with Great Pyrs.  Are there differences in type amoung the breed and if so, how do I know which is the best "type" for a family/companion dog?  Also, any suggestions on what bloodlines have the best temperament for family life or does it not matter?  Is there anyway to determine if a puppies head or lip conformation will predispose it to drooling or is this something that a reputable breeder will have taken care of :-).  Thanks for any information.

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