Known also as the Berger des Pyrenees this is the smallest of the French sheepdogs. It is a hardy working dog with tremendous energy and stamina, they are also fairly long lived, early teens is not unusual. It has an athletic build, well developed muscles, powerful shoulders and hindquarters - essential for its work in the mountains. Eyes are dark and almond shaped ears semi-erect. The coat is water resistant, dense and harsh, with a unique windswept look off the face. There is also a Smooth faced variety.
Colours are various shades of brindle, fawn and grey. brindle, black and blue merle ( eyes can be blue)
My thanks to Patricia Princehouse of La Brise Kennel and others who have kindly given their pictures
The Above are the Rough-Faced variety. The Smooth-Faced type are below
In Ireland, they have their own rules and these are the same as the F.C.I. - CAC and CACIB can be won here. At the moment GB residents, must register with the Irish Kennel Club to compete.
F.C.I. registered breeds should be able to show there, when quarantine is lifted in 2000.
|Club Name||Contact||Phone number||Homepage|
|Pyrenean Sheepdog Club
of Great Britain
|Mr P Butcher||01636 821341||Sutton on Trent||?|
|38-48.5cms= 15-19"||Very Very||Good||?||Easy||?||yes|
|LUKEANNA||Mrs Ann & Paul Butcher||01636 821341||?||?||?|
|CARABRAE||Mrs Brenda Judson||0044(0)1435 862703||Heathfield||?||?|
|LA BRISE||Patricia Princehouse||001 440 286 7431||Ohio USA||yes||yes|
Club of America
|VAL SOANNAN||Chantal Reilhac||0033 474 051225||France||?||yes|
|L'ESTAUBE||Guy Mansencal.||0033 562 936605
Fax 562 933337
|CHAPARRAL||Susan Buttivant||?||Ontario Canada||?||yes|
|des Gambis||Kees Hoogervorst||n/a||Netherlands||yes|
For pictures of the top dogs in Scotland by Michael Trafford