Great Pyrenees Temperament

Great Pyrenees are obviously beautiful and regal looking dogs. So much so that they make a grand first impression. Sometimes this impression can continue for years as is blossoms into a true relationship between dog and owner or neighbor or other pet. Given the wrong mix of information, expectations, or personalities of the dog, human, or other, Great Pyrenees interactions could lead to frustration and a sense of failure. Hopefully this article will help to steer you towards the former and more delightful possiblity.

The two most common and noticable traits found in the temperament of a Great Pyrenees are intelligence and stubborness. From your earliest interactions with your puppy or dog, you will notice signs of pure smarts often not displayed by other dogs. Sure, Great Pyrenees do romp around and slobber and have good old unthinking dog fun. They do not read French Philosophy, at least to my best knowledge and experience. However, they will very quickly differentiate between different people. All dogs can recognize friendly humans, but Great Pyrenees will quickly learn the habits of these friends. The two that I have owned both quickly learned which member of our family would easily give out treats (Mom), and which one they would just have to listen to (Dad).
This trait of intelligence leads to an often stubborn temperament. While Labradors will understand your commands and carry them out faithfully without hesitation, a Great Pyrenees will understand your commands and then consider if they think they actually need to do as you say or not. Like most behavior with dogs and other domesticated animals, this comes down to training and the specific relationship with the dog’s owner.

You may be thinking, “Who would want such a dog?” To understand the allure of a stubborn and independently intelligent dog, it does one well to consider the different experiences in living with other pets. Everyone is aware of the rift between cat and dog owners in America, but we rarely contemplate the different experience of owning one over the other. Most people have their experiences, which are generally positive, so they defend them. The cat is beloved for its independence and intelligence, personality traits associated with a dog here. In a way, the Great Pyrenees is a best-of-both-worlds pet candidate. You get the affection and love a dog, and a lot of it as well, plus the interest of living with an animal that doesn’t simply follows order, but considers them as well.