Pyredoodle

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
France -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Pyredoodle

The Pyredoodle is a hybrid dog. Its parent breeds are the Standard Poodle and the Pyrenean Mountain Dog. It is a larger dog that is often considered a gentle giant. He gets along with most people. He's also good with children of all ages. He makes an excellent watchdog, and his size is often intimidating to potential intruders. However, he is never aggressive. He gets on well with other animals, including cats, but care should be taken to socialize your Pyredoodle to felines early on. He will need a moderate amount of exercise every day. He is loyal and protective of his family. He's a larger dog, so while he'll adapt to living in a larger apartment, it's best if he lives in a house with or without a fenced yard.

History of the Pyredoodle

The Pyredoodle probably came into being in the 1980s, when breeders began experimenting with breeding Poodles and other breeds to produce a hypoallergenic dog. Although we don't know the exact origins of the Pyredoodle, we can study the history of its parent breeds to understand the beginnings of the hybrid breed.

 

        

A little of the Pyrenean Mountain Dog

        
Pyrenean Mountain Dogs originated in the mountains of Asia Minor. It was bred to help shepherds in their breeding efforts. It was declared Chien Royal de France by King Louis XVI. Pyrenean Mountain Dogs made their way to North America via Canada. It was crossed with the Newfoundland to create the Landseer, its cousin. It was in the USA by the 1800s, but World War II almost decimated the breed. Several Pyrenean Mountain Dogs were exported to the U.S. after World War II, where the breed was developed and saved from virtual extinction.
Standard of the Pyrenean Mountain Dog

 

        

A little of the Poodle

Most experts agree that Standard Poodles were bred in Germany but developed in France. It is thought that water dogs from various European countries were crossed to develop the Poodle we know today. It's also possible that the North African Barbet, now extinct, was part of the mix that created the Poodle. The breed is considered ancient. It is depicted in Egyptian works of art. The Standard Poodle was also used for breeding and duck hunting. Poodles are also famous for their work as circus performers. The Poodle only became popular in America after the Second World War.
Standard of the Poodle

Appearance of the Pyredoodle

The Pyredoodle will be a large dog weighing over 45 kilos at maturity. Its exact appearance will vary. In fact, two Pyredoodles can look radically different depending on the type of coat the hybrid dog inherits. Some Pyredoodles have a single short, dense coat. Others will have a long, thick double coat. Generally, the Pyredoodle will be white or cream in color, although this depends on the dominant parental breed. It will have a long muzzle with a black nose and round black eyes. Often, he'll have long facial hair that can hide these eyes. He may or may not have the floppy ears of a Pyrenean Mountain Dog. His tail is of medium length. Often, if he has the longest hair, it will be a uniform length all over his body.

Temperament of the Pyredoodle

The Pyredoodle is a gentle, loyal dog. He's highly intelligent and will need not only physical exercise, but mental activity too. He's great with children of all ages. He is gentle with small children and gets along well with a variety of animals. He's a wonderful watchdog. He wants to please his family, and is easily trainable. In fact, he'll be relatively adaptable to almost any situation. Keep in mind that the Pyredoodle will need plenty of mental stimulation. Without proper mental activity, the Pyredoodle is prone to mischief. He's very protective and has been known to bark when he senses something is wrong. He can be shy, and experts recommend early socialization to help remedy this problem. He is incredibly calm and strives to be the center of attention.

Needs and activities of the Pyredoodle

The Pyredoodle is a fairly active dog. He needs plenty of physical and mental stimulation to stay physically healthy and mentally alert. Incorporate toys that compel him to play and keep him mentally active at the same time. He'll enjoy walking around the neighborhood or hiking with you. He'll also enjoy outings to the dog park. The Pyredoodle can be a little lazy if allowed to stay indoors all the time without exercise, which will lead to significant weight gain. What's more, a bored Pyredoodle is prone to mischief. Bear in mind that he has a tendency to wander, so be careful not to let him wander around without a leash. Also, never schedule playtime or exercise right after a meal. This will increase his chances of developing bloat.

Maintenance of the Pyredoodle

Your Pyredoodle's coat will largely determine how much maintenance your dog needs. The Pyredoodle with the shorter coat will require less maintenance than its double-coated counterpart. The single-coat Pyredoodle will need weekly brushing, so it won't shed often. Double-coated Pyredoodles need daily brushing to prevent matting. Wash your Pyredoodle only when necessary. The natural oils in its coat will keep it shiny and healthy. Brush his teeth two or three times a week to prevent tartar build-up and bad breath. To prevent tooth decay, brush his teeth every day. Trim his nails every two or three weeks. As a general rule, clip her nails if you hear them clacking on the tiles.

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