Pyr Shep is short for Pyrenean Shepherd. Known as Berger des Pyrenees in Europe and Canada, they are the smallest of the French herding breeds. They became fully recognized by the American Kennel Club on January 1, 2009. I am proud to have been a part of this year of "firsts" in the United States. I drove to Tallmadge, Ohio to see Patricia Princehouse's Germinale de La Brise (Zed) become the first Pyrenean Shepherd to become an AKC Champion. It was an exciting day for all of us who love and adore this breed. Twenty-five AKC Champions in 2009, my own dogs and several of our puppies included.
Pyrenean Shepherds are well-known in the agility circles, thanks primarily to Ashley Deacon and his dog, Luka. Many others are competing in agility venues throughout the country. Pyr Sheps are competing in Rally, Herding and Tracking. Marilyn Abbett and Chica did very well in Obedience. These little dogs are so versatile, you will see them in dock-diving, frisbee competitions, flyball tournaments, freestyle dancing, and almost any dog-related activity you can think of. They learn quickly and are loyal companions. That being said, I must add, that they are NOT a dog for everyone. They must be heavily socialized as puppies and it needs to be continued throughout their lives. Without proper training, they can be a handful and miserable to live with. They don't do well in homes where they are not allowed to be a part of the family. They love to spend time with their people. Therefore living in a kennel is not conducive to a happy Pyr Shep.
What is the difference between a Great Pyrenees and a Pyrenean Shepherd?