Pyrenean Shepherd

 Pyrenean Shepherd

Mab du Hic, a well-known Pyrenean Shepherd bred by M. Perrot. Courtesy Christian Janes

Mab du Hic, a well-known Pyrenean Shepherd bred by M. Perrot in 1976. Courtesy Christian Janes

(Smooth Faced and Rough Faced)

Also known as: Pyr Shep, Berger des  Pyrénées, Petite Berger, Pyrenees Sheepdog

Origin: France

Color: Typically fawn; also black, blue merle, brindle and gray

Ears: Small, semi-erect or folded over and to the side, or cropped upright

Tail: Long, natural bob or docked

Coat: Two varieties — rough faced (museau normal) and smooth faced (face race)

Chaparral’s Niveole, rough faced Pyrenean Shepherd herding a trio of Suffolk sheep. Photo Courtesy Susan Buttivant

Rough Faced (Museau Normal)

Coat: Medium, goatlike to long shaggy but doesn’t cover eyes or create a beard

Height at shoulder: 15–18.5 in (38–47 cm)

Weight: 15–30 lb (7–14 kg)

U’Lys Bleu de la Rosselle, a French Champion – Courtesy J. M. von Kaenel

Smooth Faced (Face Race)

 Coat: Medium length, slightly wavy, short on face

Height at shoulder: 15.5–21 inches (39–53 cm)

Weight: 20–35 pounds (9–16 kg)

See Breeds From a Common Root:

And also, Catalan Pyrenean Dogs:

A Post Card and also a Billboard in Pyrenees

To learn about herding breeds from around the world, their temperaments, working styles and how to train them please refer to the book Stockdog Savvy (Alpine Publications) by Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Taylor and Ty Taylor:

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