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Kiya (UPDATED!)

ADOPTED
Minimum Donation: $220 220 $

Description

Kiya is a young female Great Pyrenees mix who recently raised a litter of puppies! Her puppies have found their forever homes, and Kiya is ready to find one too!

If you’re not familiar with Great Pyrs, here is a quick list of highlights about Kiya and the breed in general.

  • A calm, gentle, docile demeanor is the norm for an adult Great Pyr. 
    • At under 2 years old, Kiya is still considered a puppy and is currently a goofy, smiley, sweet girl with a bit of a wild side that will require experience, patience and persistence. She is still working on not jumping on people of all sizes, but because she is so large, we would want to be extra careful about her jumping on small children. 
  • Great Pyrenees are a gentle and affectionate breed great for families. They’re patient and tolerant with kids, although they can sometimes be overly protective around strangers and unfamiliar pets. 
    • Kiya has been very gentle with the baby, cats and farm critters that are at her foster home. 
    • Kiya will bark at dogs she does not know, but her foster says she will hush if you tell her to (and you mean it).
    • Kiya is very playful and would really love a dog brother that can chase her around the backyard and wrestle with her. We would not recommend she be in a home with another female dog as she definitely wants to be the boss. We also don’t think Kiya would do well in dog parks because of this. 
  • Pyrs are independent thinkers with a strong will. This can lead to training challenges. Their job as an unsupervised guard dog meant long hours spent alone. They’re not a good match for new or timid dog owners, because they need consistency and a strong owner who will train with positive reinforcement. With consistent positive training, they can be very well mannered.
  • Great Pyrenees shed. A lot. While their outer coat is dirt and tangle-resistant, their soft undercoat will shed significantly. Weekly 30-minute brushing sessions will reduce the amount of fur that ends up on your furniture and clothes. This is not a dog for those that need spotless carpets or mind tiny dog hair tumbleweeds blowing around the floorboards.
  • If you want a dog you can walk off leash, this is not the dog for you because of their independent thinking and wandering tendencies.
  • If you’re the type to take your dog to crowded music venues or places where they’re exposed constantly to loud strangers, these gentle giants may not be right for you.
  • Great Pyrenees require daily exercise to stay in shape. A moderate walk of 20-30 minutes will usually suffice. This breed enjoys hiking, especially in cold weather and snow, but does not do well in hot weather. You will need to be cautious with them during Texas summers so they do not overheat.
    • Kiya has proven to be quite the athlete and has jumped over a 5 ft fence more than once. We recommend she not be left outside unattended.
  • Great Pyrenees are okay in apartments because they’re mellow, but homes with large yards are better. They’re hard-core barkers and are not recommended for homes where their barking can disturb others.
    • Kiya enjoys barking outside at night at things that may or may not be there, but just know that she fully believes she is protecting you :) 
  • Great Pyrenees can become bored a bit too easily. Provide proper stimulation with toys to prevent any destructive behavior. They enjoy being with their family and can cause household ruin if left alone for long periods or develop separation anxiety. 
    • Kiya has shown no signs of separation anxiety, but she is currently getting lots of exercise and outdoor time at her foster home. She sleeps quietly in her crate and we recommend continuing to crate train her.

If you think Kiya could be a good fit for your family and would like to learn more, apply today!

Profile

Age: 1.5 years old
Looks Like: Great Pyrenees
Available for Adoption NOW
Gender: Female
Cats: Yes
Good with Kids Good with all Children
Est. Adult Weight: 80 lbs