History and Origins of the Great Pyrenees
The History and Origins of the Great Pyrenees is really interesting. The history of the Great Pyrenees is not exactly clear, however, it is thought that the breed originated in either Central Asia or Siberia and was developed through crossing the Hungarian Kuvasz and the Maremmano-Abruzzese. It is also thought that the St. Bernard played a part in the creation of the Great Pyrenees. The name of the breed derives from the Pyrenees mountain range in south-western Europe where the Great Pyrenees was bred as an independent thinker and worker that would guard and protect flocks of sheep. With its intelligence, great sense of smell and sight, guarding was something that this breed was great at doing. This is a protective and territorial breed and a great companion to man as it is very dedicated, loyal and affectionate towards its family members. The Great Pyrenees was appointed French Court Dog in the 17th Century. The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Great Pyrenees in 1933.