Do they roam? a.k.a. Do I really need a fence?
Yes, you really need a solid fence. Pyrs will roam if not in a fenced yard. These dogs were bred to watch over flocks in mountain pastures. They would rather explore what is on the other side of the hill, than worry about getting lost. So, if you’re going to own a Pyr, a fenced in area is a must. Invisible fences and Pyrs do not do well. Most Pyrs will endure the electric jolt to go patrol the neighborhoods but not to get back in.
That’s a big dog! How much does he weigh?
A mature male Pyr is generally 100-130 pounds, while the females are 80-110 pounds. Most people over-estimate the weight of the dog because the double-coat and mane around the neck make them look bigger and more intimidating.
Do they eat a lot?
Puppies eat a lot of puppy food, but a mature, indoor family dog eats about 2 cups/day of a low-protein meal. A working Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD), guarding sheep or goats, require more food which varies based on time of year, activity level, and weather conditions.
So are they good family dogs?
Very good family dogs. Pyrs seem particularly good with children, possibly because they view children as a flock to be protected.
Do they shed?
Constantly. A Pyr leaves white hairs everywhere, all the time. Daily brushing helps minimize the shedding, but Pyr owners live with the fur on them, their clothes and carpets. A good vacuum is a must-have. If you must absolutely have a spot-less home, then the Pyr is not for you. Aside from that, wear light-colored clothing.
Can you spin the fur?
Yes. Pyr fur is long enough to spin easily. It also is naturally resistant to stains; dirt, mud and other things will naturally fall off the fur, leaving the clean white coat. If you like to spin, knit or crochet, the Pyr can provide an exquisite, infinite supply of Angora-like yarn.
Where’s the saddle?
You cannot ride a dog, but Pyrs can be harnessed to pull a dog cart, and seem to enjoy the work. They like to participate in things outside, around the house, and don’t mind pulling their own weight.
Ugh, I’ve been slimed! Do they all drool like that?
No, some more, some less, depending on the particular dog. Pyrs drool mostly when they are excited or facing food. Pyr owners tend to carry a tea towel with them when out in public, or put it around the dogs’ neck.