Description and character of the Pyrenean Mastiff - Breeder of Pyrenean Mastiff and Jack Russell Terrier Reis D'Aragon

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The first thing that stands out in a Pyrenean mastiff is his imposing presence. It is often confused with other breeds of similar type as the Spanish Mastiff, the Great Pyrenees or St. Bernard, all of them are similar in terms of its size but all are different.

It’s a dog of great height, muscular and robust, which is characterized by its extraordinary strength, but despite its huge size they are not clumsy and they moves with agility.

Pyrenean Mastiff Arbaniés de Reis D'Aragon

Arbaniés de Reis D'Aragón photographed by Vanessa Grossemy for Canis Reporting
Owner: Vanil des Artses

Is extremely well balanced, has a broad chest and a large and strong head, strong neck surrounded by a thick, elastic skin, skeleton compact and strong, thick legs, seen in profile, its structure is rectangular. The eyes are small, dark and expressive.

His coat is dense, thick and moderately long, usually white color with spots, mask stained well defined and ears that hang to the sides.

These specimens are rather quiet and rarely bark, when they do their bark is serious and deep.

The Pyrenean Mastiff character conquers the hearts of all people with whom they live, is a balanced dog, of great nobility and kindness towards his people, a faithful companion, loving and intelligent, brave while he never goes back from danger.

They coexist well with other animals. With children they are very good and protective, but supervision is required as given its large size, unintentionally, they can injure or knock over the child.

Pyrenean Mastiff puppy playing
Pyrenean Mastiff with cat
Pyrenean Mastiff coexistence

The puppy Aragüés, aged 6 months old, playing with his companion cocker


Photo: Estela Miguel
French Bulldog from Westlife Kennel

Although they prefer cold climates are very adaptable, can tolerate hot weather if they have enough shade to take refuge and fresh water at all times.

The Pyrenean Mastiff is a breed native from Aragon for centuries was used to protect livestock, property and persons in the Pyrenees Aragonese and Navarro. Their morphological characteristics and personality are suited to the role of guarding against predators and thieves that they should play.

For this function, dogs were needed in sufficient physical strength to face a fight against formidable opponents, only his impressive physique is a factor deterrent. They should be hardy and resistant to withstand large movements of transhumance, the harsh conditions of high mountain area the Pyrenees are and its extreme climate.

Photography of the Pyrenees
Old photograph of a mastiff

Photograph of the Ibón de Estanés in the Pyrenees
Author Isabel Ezquerra
Montañeros de Aragón

Acknowledgements: Vintage photograph courtesy of Rafael Malo Alcrudo

Psychologically they should be brave while sweet with the shepherds, the flock or the other dogs. They should not be overly aggressive but quiet so as not to leave the flock in search of the slightest sign of danger.

His sense of propriety and his instinct to defend what they consider theirs led them to protect their masters and their possessions as their own.

They also have played other functions, their instinct to walk through the Pyrenean sites served to drive the herd by firm ground, it was said that where passed a mastiff one could be sure not to take any chances, besides the company that made the lone pastors while they were isolated from inhabited places.

Pyrenean Mastiff Arbaniés de Reis D'Aragon

Because all these characteristics the Pyrenean Mastiffs were and are perfect pets, guard dogs and livestock guardian dogs.

Arbaniés de Reis D'Aragón photographed by Vanessa Grossemy for Canis Reporting
Owner: Vanil des Artses


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