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Droopy ears, endearing eyes, a large and huggable body—that’s Pyredoodle for you! They’re designer dogs who are calm and fearless—not to mention one of the most loyal dogs you’ll ever find. Altogether, Pyredoodles make incredible pets!
Let’s find out more about these cute furry creatures.
What is a Pyredoodle?
A Pyredoodle is a Doodle breed dog that has earned the love and admiration of dog lovers. It is a cross between Standard Poodle and Great Pyrenees, i.e., the Pyrenean Mountain Dog. Both these dogs are purebred, and they are members of the American Kennel Club.
This dog breed came into existence in the 2000s when breeders decided to mix a Poodle and a Great Pyrenees dog for a low-shedding dog. These are intelligent dogs that love to wander and play. Altogether, they make great pets and are absolutely adorable!
However, as a designer breed, Pyredoodle is not allowed to become a member of the AKC. These sweet-natured dogs are also known by names like Pyreneesdoodle, Pyreneespoo, and Pyrepoo, combining the names of the two parent breeds. These large dogs are perfect for families and single owners.
Pyredoodle puppies are adorable and sociable and can befriend anyone from young children to other pets. They even get adjusted to apartment living quite easily, though we recommend that it gets a home with a yard so that it has sufficient place to play and run around.
Pyredoodle dogs are gentle and affectionate, and they can be really protective of their family, especially children. They also have a watchdog temperament. Thus if you’re looking for a big but gentle dog with a big, loving heart, Pyredoodle is the perfect choice for you and your home.
They may have a single or double coat with different textures and colors. Whether you adopt a double coated Pyredoodle or one with a single coat, you will find that they shed very little, and most sensitive people do not face allergic reactions around this large breed of designer dog.
What does a Pyredoodle look like?
Pyredoodle dogs come in different colors, and their coat may be wavy or straight fur, depending on the traits of the parent breeds that are dominant in individual Pyredoodles. Their floppy ears, tiny eyes, and thick coat make them one of the cutest among large hypoallergenic dog breeds. All in all, this dog looks like a gentle giant that inherits the best qualities from each parent breed.
As both parents have double coats, a Pyredoodle dog will also have a thick double coat. It is also a low shedding breed. The texture of the Pyredoodle’s hair may vary from straight to wavy or may even be curly. The coat does not shed much and is fairly allergy-friendly.
One thing to keep in mind with the Pyredoodle is the high amount of grooming they need, both at home and with a professional groomer. Grooming a Doodle requires daily brushing and monthly trips to the groomers to avoid painful mats!
The most popular color of a Pyredoodle dog is cream or white. However, these dogs also come in other shades like gray, apricot, and black. Usually, Pyredoodle dogs have coats with a solid color. However, a mix of two shades on the fur is also not uncommon.
Height and Weight
The average height of a male Pyredoodle dog in its adult stage is about 28-32 inches, and that of a female Pyredoodle is 22-26 inches. Male Pyredoodles weigh around 90-100 pounds, and female Pyredoodles weigh 85-95 pounds. In general, they are similar to Bloodhound, Bucovina Shepherd, Euro Mountain Sheparnese, and Golden Mountain Dog breeds in size.
Personality and Temperament
One of the reasons a Pyredoodle dog makes a great family pet is its temperament. It inherits the intelligence and warmth from its parents. Let’s look at each parent breed individually so that you can understand what you can expect from your mixed breed pet.
Great Pyrenees Personality and Temperament
A Great Pyrenees dog has a calm and gentle nature that makes it perfect for kids. These dogs have a docile nature and can grow into shy dogs if they do not get early socialization while they are still puppies. With proper training, a Great Pyrenees puppy will grow into a well-mannered adult dog.
Great Pyrenees dogs can also be quiet and serious. They are brave, and their loyalty to their family members knows no bounds, making them the true best friend of humans. Their comforting nature makes them perfect as therapy dogs. Because of their intelligence, they are easy to train.
Great Pyrenees dogs prefer to work by themselves, figuring things out on their own. This is the result of their independent nature. While it is a good thing that they are free-thinking and self-reliant dogs that can act as excellent guard dogs, they can also be a little stubborn.
Like other dogs, the Great Pyrenees needs socialization at an early stage to expose them to different sights and sounds. Thus, they will have new experiences and meet new people and pets so that the puppies grow up to become well-rounded family dogs with a good temperament.
Standard Poodle Personality and Temperament
Standard Poodle dogs are known as great family dogs despite their royal attitude. They show no aggression when properly trained though they have the tendencies of a watchdog as they alert their owners with a bark when they hear strange noises and notice new visitors.
When they see unfamiliar faces, they may be a little reserved or shy. The Standard Poodle is an intelligent and active dog, and it is easy to train them. Its athletic nature, energy levels, and interest in learning also help make Poodles trainable.
The Standard Poodle is a personable dog that loves to interact with human beings. They will do anything to please their humans. On top of that, they are extremely intelligent. Thus, it is easy to train. Poodles are also very sensitive as they can read the body language and expressions of their owners.
All qualities put together, Standard Poodle dogs are extremely intuitive pets. They are also sensitive towards other pets and do not bother younger dogs. But they must be taken out and exposed to new experiences from an early age, or they may become prone to anxiety and may find touches or sounds startling.
Pyredoodle Personality and Temperament
Now that you know about the personalities of the parents of this mixed breed dog, you can understand what kind of personality traits you can expect from Pyredoodle dogs. Pyredoodle is a loyal dog breed and is extremely intelligent because of both its parents. They make great nanny dogs and therapy dogs.
It has s a sweet nature, which allows it to interact well with dog owners. It is also easily trainable but needs its training to be started at a young age. That’s because training Pyredoodle puppies at a stage when they have not picked up negative habits yet is much easier than training an adult dog.
A Pyredoodle puppy must be allowed to socialize at the right age so that it does not become too shy to interact with other dogs. On the other hand, a properly trained and well-socialized Pyredoodle will have the confidence to interact with other animals and humans and even guard your home.
Don’t forget to involve them in various activities, especially outdoors, since they get bored easily when they stay indoors too long and start getting destructive. Even when they are inside the house, give them toys and puzzles that will help with their mental stimulation.
Pyredoodle dogs require around 60-90 minutes of daily exercise for physical and mental stimulation. Since they are big dogs, they are prone to lethargy and obesity, which can only be kept away with the help of daily exercise and fun activities all the time, besides keeping an eye on the dog’s diet.
Remember that even though it’s an active dog in general, it has the tendency to become lazy. Taking the dog out with you when you go hiking, jogging, or walking, is a good idea. Participating in activities with you will ensure that your dog’s mind and body remain hit and keep health concerns at bay.
Don’t forget that Pyredoodle dogs tend to get overheated. So, whenever you plan long activities like a walk or a hike, make sure that the weather is not too hot. Even though this dog breed can adapt well to apartment life, it is essential to ensure that it gets time outside.
You can start scheduling exercise sessions for your dog from the age of three months. At this age, take it for short walks. As the dog gets older, make these walks more prolonged and more frequent. Another form of exercise that your Pyredoodle will surely enjoy is swimming, especially as Poodles were originally bred to be water dogs.
For daily walks, you can take your pet to a dog park where it will be able to meet other animals and people. Always keep the dog on a leash as Pyredoodle dogs tend to wander a little. Plus, they may get defensive or aggressive while facing strangers. You will be able to control the dog with a good leash.
You can also take your dog to a puppy kindergarten to interact with other dogs. Having visitors over is also a great way to allow the Pyredoodle dog to enjoy new experiences. You can also improve the dog’s social skills by taking your pet to meet neighbors who love dogs.
You should take care not to schedule the dog’s exercise regime around its feeding time. To ensure that the exercise ultimately leads to a healthy dog instead of causing bloating or other problems, plan the exercise around 1-2 hours before or after the dog’s meal.
Pyredoodles can cost upwards of $2,000. Needless to say, this price will vary based on your location. As well, the price of the puppy may vary based on the gender of the dog.
Where to Buy a Pyredoodle
If you want to bring home a Pyredoodle, there are two ways to go about it. You can either buy one from a breeder or adopt a dog from a rescue. If you want a pup with proper health checkups in place, along with details regarding the dog and its parents, you will need the help of a breeder.
Since Pyredoodles are not purebred, it might be challenging to find the right breed-specific rescue groups for this dog. However, you can check out rescues for Standard Poodle and Great Pyrenees breeds as they often house designer dogs. The National Great Pyrenees Rescue may help you find a Pyredoodle dog that needs a new home. You can also search through our directory of Doodle rescues to find one near you. Rescues give Pyredoodle dogs good living conditions till they find a family.
Unfortunately, many Pyredoodles end up in rescue centers through no fault of their own. Sometimes, they are just abandoned by owners who cannot take care of them when they grow old, develop any ailment, or because of other commitments. Many dog owners also let go of their dogs because of the animals’ behavior issues that develop due to ill-treatment from families, breeders, trainers, etc.
When you adopt Pyredoodles from rescues, you must keep in mind that you may have to deal with a scared, anxious, or aggressive animal. So you should only walk into a rescue center to adopt a Pyredoodle if you are well-equipped to handle such issues—financially and emotionally. You will also need to devote time to a rescue dog and must have the experience to deal with such problems.
One good thing about adopting a Pyredoodle from a rescue is that you will likely not get the chance to bring home a tiny pup, which means you won’t need to take responsibility for it in its most vulnerable stage. However, chances of getting to know the parents or their health problems are low. So you have to be ready to accept that, as well.
A reputable breeder will be able to provide you with all the necessary details required to ensure that you buy a healthy dog with no potential health problems that it might inherit from the parents.
Puppies and their parents should both be tested, and the reports should be available for you. You should also check the living conditions that the breeder provides to the animal. Always request the breeder to take you to their facilities.
Be careful about shady breeders running puppy mills and breeding dogs in large numbers without paying heed to the health and living conditions of the puppies or their parents. Puppies that come from such mills may have health conditions.
An ethical breeder will always start training and socializing the puppies at an early stage and get them vaccinated from vets. They should also be ready to meet the parents and the puppies before the adoption to maintain complete clarity.
They should also be able to provide answers to all your questions regarding the puppies, their parents, the litter, etc. But that’s not all. A reputed breeder should also be able to offer complete information about themselves, their facilities, and the conditions in which they breed and bring up puppies.
Be careful about breeders you meet online and those that want to meet outside instead of taking you to their facilities. Chances are, such breeders are only interested in making money, which means they will fail to provide healthy conditions and proper treatment to puppies and their parents.
Pyredoodle Health Issues and Lifespan
Pyredoodles are generally healthy dogs with a life span of 10-12 years. However, like other dogs, they may face a few health conditions such as the following –
- Hip Dysplasia: Pyredoodles may develop canine hip dysplasia, a condition that it inherits from one of the parent dogs. Usually, it only develops when the dog grows old – and it can cause excruciating pain and discomfort. Additionally, this condition can also lead to arthritis as the dog ages.
- Eye Problems: Since both the parent breeds are known to have eye problems, Pyredoodles may also have them. Eye infections, conjunctivitis, pus, etc., are common eye problems in this dog. It may also develop vision issues or even get cataracts, just like human beings.
- Bloating: Pyredoodles may have digestive problems due to dietary issues. One of the most common problems is bloating. It causes more than just discomfort. If your dog’s stomach fills with air, the animal may find it difficult to vomit or belch and may soon prevent blood from reaching the heart.
Other health conditions that it may develop include thyroid problems, joint and mobility issues, obesity, etc. To prevent these problems from getting serious and ensure that your pet lives a long and healthy life, you should take it to the vet regularly for health checkups.
It is essential to get your furry friend regularly tested to identify health problems at an early stage. This is especially true if you know that the parent dogs have had certain health problems. Regular tests are even more critical if your pet is adopted from a rescue and you are clueless about its parents.
Additionally, you should also pay attention to its diet to ensure that it is healthy. Pyredoodles have the tendency of gaining weight, which is why their diet should remain under control and follow a strict schedule. You should consult the vet and stick to their suggestions to maintain the health, weight, energy levels, and growth conditions of the dog.
Reasons You Shouldn’t Get a Pyredoodle
Pyredoodles seem like great family dogs, but like all dogs, it’s important to consider why getting this royal dog isn’t the right choice for you.
First, Pyredoodle’s are large dogs that require plenty of exercise and stimulation. If you can’t provide your dog with the right amount of exercise, you might want to look towards a low-energy breed.
Secondly, Pyredoodles need lots of at-home grooming, bathing, and brushing, as well as frequent trips to the groomers. If you don’t think you’ll have time to spend brushing your pup for 30 minutes per day to avoid mats, reconsider the Pyredoodle.
Pyredoodles can be the perfect dog for any dog owner—be it a family or a single person. However, as is true for most pets, your Pyredoodle, too, will require some attention from you. You will need to take it out for daily walks, and it is essential that you keep it engaged in various activities throughout the day to stimulate it physically and mentally.
Additionally, you must also ensure that the dog’s hair is brushed daily to keep its low shedding coat healthy and shiny. You must take care to allow it to socialize so that it develops excellent interaction skills.
But if you have time for lots of walks and brushing, a Pyredoodle can become your best friend for life!
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Mira is a dog-lover and writer. She and her two dogs (Bren and Nala) can be found hiking during all four seasons, camping and exploring new places together.