A highly intelligent hard working sheepdog, full of tremendous energy and stamina, easily recognised by its unique inquisitive and mischievous expression. When viewed in profile, it should give you the impression of being lean and racy, never carrying excess of weight, thus allowing it to travel at great speed when carrying out its herding work. This breed is still used as a working sheepdog in France but equally it is used in a variety of other roles due to its keen sense of smell. Other modern day pursuits include; obedience, agility, fly ball, working trials and Cani Cross.
The Pyrenean Sheepdog is known in its native country as Le Berger des Pyrénées where in fact it is an old indigenous breed, which has always remained in its place of origin. It is small in comparison with other sheepdog breeds, but this does not demean its ability to work tirelessly, sometimes from dawn to dusk herding large flocks of sheep. Its loyalty and willingness to obey its master drives it on to cover many miles in a working day. The breed can be traced back to the turn of the century but only gained recognition outside its area of origin during the 1914-18 war when it was used by the French Army as a messenger dog because of its speed and intelligence, during which it was nearly wiped out.
The most important thing to bear in mind if this dog is being considered, is that firstly, it is a working dog and therefore, not a suitable candidate for confinement to small houses, or flats that do not have adequate exercise areas, secondly, intense socialisation is a must from a very early age.