Country of OriginSpain
Nicknames and Other NamesPyrenean Mastiff
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupWorking Group
Bred ForHerding and guarding livestock
Recognized ByFCI, UKC, KC, AKC
Life Span10-13 years
Ideal Weight120-240 pounds (male and female)
Ideal HeightMale: 30-31 inches
Female:25-30 inches
Fur TypeDense, medium length
Common ColorsWhite and Beige, White and Black,
White and Golden, Whaite and Gray,
White Biscuit
AvailabilityModerately available
Suitable for ApartmentsNot suitable
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToSaint Bernard

The large fluffy dog Pyrenean Mastiff has a similar appearance to Saint Bernand with its thick, long white color coat with beautiful dark spots.

Once upon a time, the Pyrenean Mastiff was the rarest breed from the Pyrenees Mountains in Spain where they used to guard and protect livestock from wolves, bears, and thieves.

Origin And History Of Pyrenean Mastiff

The Pyrenean Mastiff belongs to the southern slopes of the Pyrenean mountains. The Pyrenean Mastiff was first known as Navarra mastiff. At one time, they nearly went to extinct but in recent years they were bred and protected.

The Pyrenean Mastiff was sold in Spain and there they were bred as working dogs, their job was to guard and drive large flocks of sheep. These breeds were assisted by the Sheep Dogs known as Gos d’Atura Catala.

Is Pyrenean Mastiff Friendly With Children?

The Pyrenean Mastiff is good-natured canine and is even-tempered, loving and affectionate to children especially with older children.

However, they were not recommended for small children and toddlers because of their giant size.

Temperament, Personality And Behavior

The temperaments of Pyrenees Mastiffs are docile, gentle, adaptable and well-behaving. They are generally trustworthy pets who are affectionate and protective towards their family and if a situation occurs they will not hesitate to protect their family.

Pyrenean Mastiff Go Along With Other Dogs
Picture of a group of a Pyrenean Mastiff Family.
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The Pyrenees Mastiff holds a calm and patient personality and gets along well with older children. Though they don’t require an excessive amount of exercise. But, yes everyday walk is required to prevent them from becoming bored or restless.


When it comes to training a Pyrenees Mastiff, it is not that easy, as they are quite independent by nature so they tend to do things at their own without your permission. So it is important to form a strong leadership because lack of leadership can quickly take on the role of a dominant dog.

Socialization is also an important part of their training, socialize them introducing them to new situation, places, people and sounds from an early age.

When training a Pyrenees Mastiff, it is important to provide them consistent and firm training throughout their life. Rewards and treats act great for their motivation


  • Pyrenean Mastiffs are often confused for being the Great Pyrenees which are their French counterparts.
  • In 1996 the Pyrenean Mastiff Club Of America was established and today it is official organization and registry representing the great Spanish breed in the U.S.A.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesBloat, Ectropion, Hip Dysplasia,
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Vaccination RequiredCanine Parvovirus, Canine Parainfluenza,
Rabies, Canine Distemper,
Kennel Cough, Canine Coronavirus,
SheddingHeavy Shedder
DroolingBig Drooler
GroomingAdvance Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialHigh
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 29%
Fat: 12%
Fish Oil

Pyrenean Mastiff tends to suffer from certain health problems, such as:

  • Dental Disease: It is the most common chronic problem in pets, and unfortunately your Pyrenean Mastiff is more likely to have problems with their teeth.
  • Obesity: It can be a significant health problem in Pyrenean Mastiffs. it can be a serious disease that may cause joint problems.


Pyrenean Mastiff are found in Various colors, such as:

  • Gray
  • Deep Gold-Sand
  • Dusk
  • Black
  • Silver
  • Gray
  • Light Tan
  • Sand
  • Brindle
  • Red


Average Pyrenean mastiffs can give birth to eight puppies at a time. The Puppies grow fast, so if you are planning to adopt a female mastiff, allow the bitch offspring an ample room.

Pyrenean MAstiff Puppies Tend To Grow Fast
A Cute Pyrenean Mastiff Puppy Image Via Pet4Homes

The price of a Pyrenean Mastiff puppy is going to start at $1500 and can range up to $3000 or more depending on top breeders of show dogs.

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