Leila is from one of our surprise litters this Spring, we pulled her mom, Kiya, into the rescue and discovered she was pregnant at her vet check. Leila is a happy, bouncy, curious little girl who loves to play and then crashes hard. She is currently being fostered with her sister Cleopatra, who will be available for adoption soon.
Leila is a Great Pyrenees mix, and while she is a sweet little floof ball now, she could be upwards of 85 to 115 pounds when fully grown. Pyrs prefer cooler weather (they were loving life during the snowstorm in Feb) and you will need to be extra cautious with them during Texas summers so they do not overheat. If you’re not familiar with the breed, here is a quick list of highlights.
Great Pyrenees Breed
- A calm, gentle, docile demeanor is the norm for a Great Pyr. Without a lot of socialization as a puppy, they can become shy and nervous.
- 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. This combined with their size can make them very intimidating, so training and socialization are needed to help control their protective instincts.
- Pyrs are independent thinkers with a strong will. This can lead to training difficulties, especially for puppies. Their job as an unsupervised guard dog meant long hours spent alone. This can sometimes translate into a breed that is not accustomed to taking orders, and a little fuzzball that suddenly pretends they don’t remember their name or how to “drop it”. They’re not a good match for new or timid dog owners, because they need consistency and a strong owner who will socialize them and 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.
- 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.
- 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. Crate training should be continued for their safety and the safety of your home.
If you would like to meet Leila, please fill out an application today!