A Great Pyrenees mix is a medium to large dog with a seriously fluffy coat. Many of these breeds will inherit the protective temperament of the Great Pyrenees, and guard your home and family with devotion. Occasionally found in shelters, the larger mixes are not generally suited to apartment living and all will need plenty of training and grooming. We’re going to look at the characteristics and traits of the most popular Great Pyrenees mixes, including size, health, color and coat markings. We’ll also share some gorgeous pictures, and give you some great tips for finding and raising a pup.
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You’ll find a great variety of mixes here, from the powerful, short haired Great Pyrenees Pitbull mix, to the herding mixes with their long flowing coats. We’ll look at some of the characteristics of the Great Pyrenees that your dog may inherit before we start exploring the different mixes individually. These two beautiful young dogs in the video below are good examples of what you can expect from a German Shepherd Great Pyrenees mix once they are full grown.
The Great Pyrenees is an ancient purebred dog breed. Fossil evidence indicates this dog’s ancestors date all the way back to 1800 BC! Today, the Pyr is still used as working herding and guard dogs in many parts of the world. But this breed has also become a popular choice for a companion canine. When you choose a Pyr, you can count on a sizable pup easily weighing 100+ pounds. It is not unheard of for a Great Pyrenees to stand three feet tall.
These dogs are mellow except when someone or something appears to threaten their charges, whether people or livestock. They are independent as a result of the work they’ve been bred to do, which can present some obedience training challenges.
Coat Care and Shedding
One unavoidable fact of owning a Great Pyrenees is intensive shedding. This dog breed’s thick, lush, double-layer coat evolved to protect Pyrs from frigid mountain temperatures. That thick coat will shed year-round and profusely during seasonal events called “blowing coat.”
Some owners liken this event to a canine snowstorm. Many Great Pyrenees mix puppies will inherit this coat, and this tendency to shed heavily.
Not all Pyrenees mixes are fluffy. If the other parent of your dog has a very short coat, then it’s likely your puppy will inherit that. Just like the mix in this photo.
Great Pyrenees Mix Size
How big your mix puppy grows will depend on the parents. When there is a big difference in size between breeds it becomes harder to predict the outcome and even puppies in the same litter may vary.
But in general, mixed breed dogs with a giant parent tend to be smaller than that parent. And there is a tendency for extremes in size to disappear when they are not being deliberately bred from. So while your mix is still going to be a largish dog. You’ll likely be looking at a dog that weighs less than 100lb as an adult and may be quite a lot smaller.
Great Pyrenees mix lifespan
Great Pyrenees, like most purebred dog breeds, can pass on certain health issues. For Pyrs, these can include dysplasia, luxating patella, eye disorders, and immune and neurological issues. But the number one health concern is bloat, or gastric torsion. The Great Pyrenees has a life expectancy of around 10 years.
Mix breed dogs often have a slightly longer lifespan than their parent breeds, and smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger ones. So if your puppy’s other parent is from a healthy breed, you can hope for a dog that lives well over a decade.
Little And Large – Does The Great Pyrenees Chihuahua Actually Exist?
So what about crossing a Chihuahua with a Great Pyrenees. Is a Great Chihuahuaneese even a possibility? Let’s look into that!
All dogs belong to the same species, so in theory any two dogs can become parents to a litter of puppies. In practice of course, size differences can make a natural mating between two dogs physically difficult or dangerous to both dogs.
A determined breeder can get around these problems using artificial insemination, though there may still be risks to the mother dog during pregnancy and birth.
So, the reality is that puppies with one very large parent and one very small parent are rare. And before you set your heart on a Great Pyrenees / Chihuahua, it’s probably sensible to keep your options open!
Akbash Great Pyrenees Mix (Akbashnees)
The Akbash dog breed is not currently recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) but it is recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC). The Akbash Pyrenees mix is growing in popularity and is a substantially large dogs. Expect your pup to weigh 85 to 100+ pounds.
The lifespan will be 10 to 12 years. Your Akbashnees is guaranteed to shed. This will be an independent dog that is brave, loyal, and protective of “their” people and animals.
American Pit Bull Terrier Great Pyrenees Mix (Pyrenees Pit)
The Pyrenees Pit is an unusual designer dog that attracts a lot of interest. It’s a cross between the American Pitbull Terrier, known for its loyalty, power and fighting history. And the Great Pyrenees, also known for its protective instincts as a livestock guardian, and for its great size.
Many first generation crosses between a short haired and long haired breed will inherit a fairly short coat like these two Great Pyrenees Pitbull mix puppies. This dog will still shed quite a bit year-round and perhaps seasonally. A Pyrenees Pit adult will weigh 30 to 100 pounds and live 10 to 15 years.
The Pyrenees Pit is also known as the Pitenees, and is likely to have strong guarding instincts. This is a mix that will show great affection for their family, and need extensive ongoing socialization to ensure friendliness and safety among the wider public.
Like most Pyrenees mixes, this is going to be a medium to large dog and colors may vary widely. You can sometimes find Pyrenees Pits in shelters or Pyrenees breed rescue centers, where you should be able to spend some time visiting and getting to know the dog before deciding whether to adopt.
Alaskan Malamute Great Pyrenees Mix (Malanees)
The Malanees has one Alaskan Malamute parent and one Great Pyrenees parent dog. This dog will weigh 75 to 100 pounds and live 10 to 14 years.
Anatolian Shepherd Great Pyrenees Mix (Anatolian Pyrenees)
An Anatolian Pyrenees puppy has one Anatolian Shepherd parent and one Great Pyrenees parent. This dog will be big – count on it. Adult weight will range from 90 to 150 pounds with a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
This dog will be a heavy shedder year-round and seasonally. Your pup will be independent in spirit and needs lots of recall training from a young age.
Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees Mix (Pyrenean Shepherd)
The Pyrenean Sheepdog has one Australian Shepherd parent and one Great Pyrenees parent. This dog will weigh 40 to 100 pounds and live 10 to 15 years.
Bernese Mountain Dog Great Pyrenees Mix (Great Bernese)
A Great Bernese is a puppy with one Bernese Mountain dog parent and one Great Pyrenees parent. This dog will weigh 70 to 115 pounds and live 7 to 12 years. Remember that big dogs are very prone to joint damage so make sure your puppy has completely finished growing before you subject them to hard exercise.
Border Collie Great Pyrenees Mix (Collie Pyrenees)
When you cross the Border Collie with a Great Pyrenees, you get a Collie Pyrenees. This dog can weigh anywhere from 30 to 100 pounds with a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years.
Corgi Great Pyrenees Mix (Corginees)
A Corginees, as its name suggests, has one Pembroke Welsh Corgi parent and one Great Pyrenees parent. This dog will weigh 28 to 100 pounds and live 10 to 13 years.
Your Corginees will inherit some degree of the shortened legs of the Corgi breed. These dogs will shed quite a bit year-round and seasonally. Your Corginees will be bright, active, and independent – an excellent guard dog.
German Shepherd Great Pyrenees Mix (Shepnees)
A Shepnees puppy has one German Shepherd parent and one Great Pyrenees parent. This dog will weigh 50 to 100 pounds and live 7 to 10 years.
Golden Retriever Great Pyrenees Mix (Golden Pyrenees)
The Golden Pyrenees is a puppy with one Golden Retriever parent and one Great Pyrenees parent. This dog will weigh 55 to 100 pounds with a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
Great Dane Great Pyrenees Mix (Pyredane)
A Pyredane has one Great Dane parent and one Great Pyrenees parent. This pup will be one of the weightiest hybrids featured here, weighing between 100 and 190 pounds. Their life expectancy is 7 to 12 years.
Keeshond Great Pyrenees Mix (Great Keeshees)
The Great Keeshees is what you get by crossing a Keeshond with a Great Pyrenees. This dog will weigh between 35 and 100 pounds and live, on average, 10 to 15 years. Expect a very furry, shedding pup with this cross!
Labrador Retriever Great Pyrenees Mix (Pyrador)
The popular Pyrador is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Great Pyrenees. This dog will weigh between 55 and 100 pounds and live 10 to 12 years.
You can expect lots of shedding and brushing duties with the Pyrador. They have a friendly, people-centric personality and will be trainable and good with kids.
Mastiff Great Pyrenees Mix (Maspyr)
A Maspyr puppy has one Mastiff and one Great Pyrenees parent. This dog will weigh between 100 and 230 pounds with a lifespan of 6 to 12 years.
The Maspyr will shed year-round and seasonally. Your puppy may inherit the Mastiff parent’s brachycephalic (flat-faced) health issues, which can include respiratory and digestive troubles, eye tearing, and overheating.
Poodle Great Pyrenees Mix (Pyredoodle)
The Pyredoodle crosses the non-shedding standard Poodle with a Great Pyrenees. This dog can weigh between 40 and 100 pounds and live 10 to 18 years. Later generations of the Pyredoodle may shed little if at all, but earlier generations are still likely to shed somewhat.
Rottweiler Great Pyrenees Mix (Great Weilernees)
A Great Weilernees crosses a Rottweiler with a Great Pyrenees. They will likely weigh 80 to 135 pounds with a lifespan of 9 to 12 years.
Saint Bernard Great Pyrenees Mix (Saint Pyrenees)
When you cross a Saint Bernard and a Great Pyrenees, what you get is a Saint Pyrenees puppy. This will be a big dog for sure, probably weighing between 100 and 180 pounds. The life expectancy is 8 to 12 years.
Siberian Husky Great Pyrenees Mix (Pyrenees Husky)
The Pyrenees Husky is a cross between a Siberian Husky and a Great Pyrenees. The Pyrenees Husky may weigh 35 to 100 pounds. The lifespan is typically 10 to 14 years.
Welsh Sheepdog Great Pyrenees Mix (Great Cambrian Sheepdog)
The Great Cambian Sheepdog is the name given to a cross between a Welsh Sheepdog and a Great Pyrenees dog. This dog can weigh 35 to 100 pounds and live 10 to 15 years. They will shed and will benefit from regular brushing all year long.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Great Pyrenees Mix (Great Gryfenees)
A Great Gryfenees crosses a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon with a Great Pyrenees. They may weigh anywhere from 35 to 100 pounds. Their life expectancy is 10 to 15 years.
These dogs will shed moderately to minimally but coat care will be easy. Your Great Gryfenees will probably need lots of activity as well as lots of you-time to stay happy and healthy as a companion canine.
Great Pyrenees Mixes Health
The practice of hybrid breeding, when a breeder crosses two different purebred dogs, has both its fans and its detractors. There are two main reasons hybrid breeding is practiced as a type of formal breeding program today.
The first is to develop dogs with new combinations of desirable traits, such as a non-shedding coat or a gentle demeanor. The second is to initiate what is called hybrid vigor. This is a theory that states adding genetic diversity can strengthen canine health and longevity.
Hybrid vigor can be especially important for purebred genetic lines with known heritable health issues due to intensely selective breeding (breeding for certain appearance or temperament traits).
Is a Great Pyrenees Mix Right for Me?
Do you have a favorite out of these Great Pyrenees mix breed dogs? Please post a comment to share your insights!
Find out more about common Great Pyrenees Mixes
- Anatolian Shepherd Great Pyrenees Mix full review article here.
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- Poodle Great Pyrenees Mix full review article here.
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