Appearance and Character
Breed Characteristics and Misconceptions
Health Concerns
Tail Docking and Ear Cropping
Books available
Software available
Conformation Standards CKC & FCI





HISTORY OF THE PYRENEAN SHEPHERD


Visit the Pyrenean Shepherd Club of America web site OR the AKC web site for an in-depth articles on the breed history and "THE DOG WHO SAW GOD".

The French breed club has a nice selection of photos of the Rough-faced variety   and the  Smooth-faced variety


In Canada the breed gained full recognition
by the Canadian Kennel Club in 1992.  There was only one breeder, Mme Demarais, in Quebec from the late 80's until the late 90's and she has since retired from breeding regularly. Rachel Demarais of Val Belair, Quebec had her first Berger des Pyrenees registered at with the Canadian Kennel Club in 1984. She was one of the first to import these dogs for the purposes of breeding.  Her kennel, D'Ory, started with Great Pyrenees and the enlarged to include the Berger des Pyrenees.  Her first two dogs were: Vagabond Clos des Gervalines (Rustaud de l'Estaube X Syra du Clos des Hortioux) and Vague Blonde du Close des Gervalines (Ravin X Penelope II de la Dame de Fer). Then in 1985 she returned to France and imported two more dogs: Argenté  de l'Estaube (Tourmalet Bleu de l'Estaube x Saki) et Aury du Clos des Gervalines (Ubac X Urielle des Abatilles), both  from du Clos des Gervalines. In 1990 she obtained France . In 1992 she was instrumental in the breed's recognition by the Canadian Kennel Club . In 1996 and 2001 she obtained Mendes des trois Frënes  and Opale de la Vallée des Cognasses des Effruches .
 
In 1995  I obtained my first Berger des Pyrenees and have since taken up breeding and working with the these wonderful p'tit bergers.






APPEARANCE AND CHARACTER --  see photo pages mentioned above


INTELLIGENT:  clever, alert, quick-witted, knowing, mentally keen or quick.

ARDENT:  characterized by warmth of feeling typically expressed in eager zealous support or activity.

IMPULSIVE:  a wave of excitation transmitted through tissues, fibers and muscles that results in physiological activity:  a force so communicated as to produce motion suddenly.

    The Berger des Pyrénées or Pyr Shep could easily be described with those three words.  He  looks as mischievous and lively as his personality. Always at the ready, he is continually alert with his ears moving independent of one another, in this direction and that, so as not to miss a single thing going on around him. .

The Pyrenean Shepherd  is seen in two coat varieties; the rough-faced (museau normal) and smooth-faced (face-rase), with minimal physical characteristics distinguishing the two. Both can be born within the same litter. The rough-faced variety has a long or semi-long coat covering the body and legs or a long-coat with slightly longer length.  The coat patterning on his face should look as though he is always facing into the wind. Sometimes this coat will be of the texture to form "cadenettes" or naturally cord (click to view the process).  The smooth-faced should have no traces of long hair on his face at all. The body coat is shorter with fringes on the back of the legs.  Both varieties generally have double dew claws on their back legs (click on the link for more information about rear double dew claws).  This anomaly is seen though out many of the French breeds.  Their tails are usually docked and ears cropped, but that is a personal preference. A good natural ear should not appear any different than a cropped ear and a undocked tail should not unbalance the appearance of the dog by being carried too high.   Averaging 42 cm tall (16-17”) at the shoulder, he is light of frame and should only weigh approximately 12 kilo. (25 pounds)

Rough-Faced & Smooth-Faced Fawn Dogs pictured

    He is still used today as a useful farm dog and sheep herder and displays the same devotion to his master as most herding breeds. He wants to please you and be with you above all else. This has its drawbacks if not properly socialized.  He tends to become introverted as he sees no need to involve the rest of the world in his family's affairs. Proper socialization does not just involve occasionally taking him out; he must learn to behave among people he does not know and the goings-on of civilized society in an appropriate manner. The need for this type of socialization cannot be stressed enough. Your puppy needs to know that you are completely in charge of his world and this type of structure comes with boundaries and limitations.  A properly socialized Pyr Shep will respect other people enjoy meeting people and dogs and will be a pleasure to take along with you wherever you go. This is not accomplished immediately but if you have shown your puppy from the beginning how to handle new situations then by the time he is two years old he will readily integrate into new surroundings and have the confidence to be a happy pet.
 
     It is not unusual to see a puppy turn his/her head or back the other way to ignore the advances of a stranger as if to say, "if I don’t look at it , it will go away". On the other hand, when ignored by a stranger it gives the puppy the time it needs to assess a new situation and it will often approach on it's own terms and nudge the hand for a pat.  Take advantage of your pup's desire to ignore others around him and teach him to keep his focus on you and to ignore distractions in a calm manner.  If he learns that he does not have to deal with the familiarities of strangers and strange dogs and that you are there to deal with it for him then he will remain calm and as a result, will grow up sitting quietly by your side or looking to you for guidance when he is accompanying you throughout your daily routine.  A well socialized and stable natured Pyr Shep is an absolute joy to own!

    Although some Pyr Sheps can do well when left alone during the day, I would not recommend it. Only an experienced dog owner willing to spend his limited evening hours socializing his young Pyr Shep should tackle this type of situation and the breed requires a good amount of physical exercise as well.  They are a very high energy dog.  If you enjoy the outdoors and have a spare hour each day to take a walk in the countryside the Pyrenean Shepherd is an ideal companion.

    Their propensity for barking makes them good watch dogs, they are not guard dogs by nature and, if pressed, will usually run in the other direction. Nature has instilled a strong flight reflex which was needed for survival in the mountains. Their barking must be controlled by you or you will end up with a yappy dog!  On the other hand, if someone or something runs away from them their herding instinct kicks in and they take chase.  All these instincts need to be harnessed by you in a positive manner to mold the Pyr Shep into the wonderful family member they are capable of becoming.  Obedience training is very important as is you gaining his respect, and a young dog should not be allowed to take matters into his own hands but be guided by your expertise.

    Playful and impish by nature, he gets along well with children as well as with other family pets, although he often sees the need to take control and be a little bossy. Again, this stems from his background as a herder. He needs to be kept busy and feel he has a job and purpose which makes him a valuable asset to his owner. His world is focused on his family and to be left out is distressing for him. He excels in performance events such as obedience, agility trialing, tracking, truffle hunting, cani-cross, ring sport, etc. and is renowned for holding many working and performance titles in France and other countries.

    I encourage you to meet the parents of a prospective litter of puppies.  Most likely, if the parents display the characteristics you are looking for in your Pyrenean Shepherd companion,  the puppies will also possess the solid foundations needed to build an exemplary companion.






Article:  HEAD AND EXPRESSION by Olivier Matz, du Picourlet Kennel, France




PYR  SHEP  HEALTH  CONCERNS


    If you are purchasing a Pyr Shep discuss health issues with the breeder to learn how you can raise your shepherd with the best intentions towards his well-being.  A breeder that has the best interests of the breed at heart will be happy to discuss these issues with you. If your Pyr Shep is affected by any malady your breeder would appreciate hearing from you and may be of assistance to you and your veterinarian.

        Health issues occasionally found to be affecting the Pyr Shep are heart anomalies, seizures, eye anomalies and hip dysplasia. 
Many heart problems and eye anomalies can be detected before a puppy leaves the breeder and all breeders should have their pups thoroughly examined by a suitable veterinarian.  Do not be fooled by claims of adult dogs  having a "CERF" test or "CHIC" title accompanying their name as both of these only show that the dog has been tested and met the requirements of receiving the actual examination but may not have received "normal" results. Many of these health issues may not affect the life span or lifestyle of a dog and can be a wonderful companion to you and your family.


Canine Ophthalmologist
          Some Pyrenean Shepherds have been examined by a canine ophthalmologists and found to have eye anomalies such as persistent pupillary membranes,  choroidal hypoplasia (CH) and coloboma and therefore all puppies should have their eyes tested before 8 weeks of age by the breeder before placing the puppy in their new homes.  Choroidal Hypoplasia is the inadequate development of the choroid present at birth and non-progressive.  Many of these conditions will not affect normal sight of the dog or grow worse with age, but breeders need to be aware of what is being produced by their dogs.   
More info about this can be found at   http://www.optigen.com/opt9_test_cea_ch.html and http://www.eyevet.info
I am also linking to this web site which has information on the genetics and inheritance of CEA http://www.dogsworldwide.com/articles/vb1.htm

Canine Epilepsy Network
          To read more about the genetic research into epilepsy go to http://www.canine-genetics.com/epilepsy.htm 
The problem of seizures in the Berger des Pyrenees is not a secret and research into epilepsy is being done by http://www.caninehealthinfo.org/dnabank.html
in an effort to understand the disease, symptoms and eventually be able to influence the occurrence of the problem. At this time breeders do their best by the breed by keeping track of dogs that are affected and making informed breeding decisions to reduce and hopefully eliminate this problem.  In general, those                 Pyr Sheps that do experience seizures usually experience very mild attacks and do not need to be medicated.
This is an excellent website about seizures  in  dogs. http://www.good-dog-care.com/causes-of-seizures-in-dogs.html
Blood samples of affected dogs can be submited here:  https://www.koirangeenit.fi/english/breeds/breeds-p-s/pyrenean-sheepdog/

Hip Dysplasia & Legg Calves Perthes (and excellent explanation of Hip Dysplasia)
            This is a problem in all breeds and all breeding stock should be assessed. More information regarding Hip Dysplasia and hip x-ray results can be found on our Health_Page.
The Institute for Canine Biology displays charts with regard to the incidence of hip dysplasia in the Pyrenean Shepherd. 

Legg Calves Perthes which causes hind end lameness, usually at a young age (4 months to 1 year), and can be diagnosed with a simple hip x-ray by a veterinarian. 




TAIL DOCKING AND EAR CROPPING

    Tail docking and ear cropping has been the norm for the Pyrenean Shepherd for centuries, mainly done for health reasons.  Today most Pyr Shep fanciers have been attracted to the breed by the "look" of their perky, foxy face which the cropped ears lend themselves to.  But, many people now feel that it is unnecessary surgery.  This is a debate which will long go on, I'm sure.  In the meantime, many countries have now banned these procedures so the emphasis has been put on the breeder to become more conscious of a good natural ear-set, a well balanced, symmetrical natural ear and a well set tail. 
 
    Originally, the tail and ears was taken off the Pyrenean Shepherd to reduce the area in which the dog may receive an injury and infection set in and for reasons of hygiene.  These were very valid reasons as there were no veterinarians available for these mountain shepherds and a valuable herder, such as the pyr shep, could be lost from a mild infection becoming much worse.  Also, the long hair on the pyr sheps tail would quickly become matted and dirty if not attended to regularly.  Today these operations are still performed, but as the pyr shep is becoming more popular as a pet than a herding dog, the operation is done mostly for cosmetic reasons.
The tail docking is done right after birth. The preferred procedure of "banding" the tail is used and, from all indications from the puppies, is quite painless.  An elastic band is tied tightly approximately 1cm (¼") down the tail from the anus.  The tail loses blood supply and within 2-3 days drops off.
The other method is to have a veterinary surgeon cut the tail off within a couple of days of birth. 
 
    Ear cropping is done at various ages. Because the ear crop of the Pyrenean Shepherd is unique the added complications of taping and dressing that other breeds experience is not required.  The straight cut of approximately 1/3 off the top of the ear is quite simple.  I have never seen a puppy display any discomfort other than a few shakes of his head. The operation should only be performed by your veterinarian. It can take place anywhere from 5 weeks old to a year old.  Some breeders will have the ears cropped before the puppy is ready to go to his new home, others will let the new owners decide if they want the operation done at a later date.  It is recommended; however, that the puppy not have his ears cropped while he is in the midst of adjusting to his new owners and environment. The Pyr Shep needs a lot of socializing and handling in these formative months and freshly cropped ears could accidentally be knocked.

    If you decide to have your Pyr Shep's ears cropped post surgical treatment only requires a daily application of polysporin to the cut edge. After 10 days the stitches may be removed by the veterinarian.  Another successful method is the use of surgical glue together with taping the cropped ear.

    It should be noted that most EU countries have now banned ear cropping and tail docking so dog with these surgeries cannot compete in overseas events or be registered by their country's kennel clubs.  Many breeders in North America are now leaving the Berger in it's natural state.



Books,  DVDs, Software

 



Les Quatre Saisons du Berger - DVD

French with English subtitles - plays on PAL systems and most computers.
(This beautiful DVD should not be missed by anyone interested in the breed.)



Pyrenean Partners:  Herding and Guarding Dogs in the French Pyrenees by Bryan Cummins  (English)
Pyrenean Partners is not only a book of exceptional beauty, it is an important contribution to the growing field of ethnocynology — the study of dogs in their particular cultural contexts. The authors take us on a historical and photographic journey into the development and contemporary use of livestock protection dogs and herding dogs — in particular, the Great Pyrenees (Pyrenean Mountain Dog) and Pyrenean Shepherd — as they ply their ancient trades in the French Pyrenees today. Illustrated with magnificent full color photographs of the dogs at work and at rest, Pyrenean Partners examines the distinctly unique relationship each breed has with its owner and their crucial roles in the pastoral economy of the region.  Excellent pictures of the Berger des Pyrenees doing his work in his homeland.
Available at Amazon.com or Chapters.ca

 Le Berger des Pyrénées (French) by Martine Casteran
 Editions de Vecchi S.A.,  20 rue de la Trémoille, 75008 Paris, France
 ISBN 2-7328-0322-7


Le Berger des Pyrénées (French) by Joel Herreros
Editions de Vecchi,  20 rue de la Trémoille, 75008 Paris, France



Le Berger des Pyrénées (French)
ATOUT CHIENS Editions
Le Grand Livre des Chiens de Berger Français (French) by Dauvergne et Casteran, Edition DE VECCHI

 Französische Schäferhunde by Christian Janes and Angelo Steccanella
 (German)  108 pages about all French Herding Breeds.
 30,00 DM, ISBN 3-275-01258-4

  
      PHENOTYPE PRIMER:  This software helps predict colours. http://www.tenset.co.uk/doggen/indexus.html




       


COMPARISON OF WRITTEN STANDARDS

The following two standards are colour coded for the sake of comparison.
The Canadian Kennel Club Standard does not include a description of the Smooth-Faced Variety. 

The Canadian Kennel Club Standard (in black print)

Federation Cynologique International (FCI) Standard (English Translation in brown print)

The Canadian Kennel Club accepted the Berger des Pyrénées in Group 7 - Herding in 1992.

The CKC Standard for the Berger des Pyrénées (as of February 1996):

(CKC)General Appearance:  A shepherd dog featuring a maximum of nervous influx under a minimum of size and weight. His always alert expression, cunning and wary looks, together with great liveliness are giving this dog a personal stamp that is not to be compared with any other.

Faults:  Coarse appearance, lack of liveliness, loaded in muscles, common expression, unsound movement, short or mincing gait.

(FCI)General Appearance:  Dog below a minimum size and weight denoting a maximum nervous energy.  A facial expression always wide-awake, a clever and suspicious look together with a great liveliness of movements give this dog a characteristic appearance equal to none other.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: - the cranium is about as long as broad. - the muzzle is shorter than cranium in ratio 1/3 - 2/3. - the length of the body is greater than the height at the withers. - the distance from the elbow to the ground is higher than half the height to the withers.

Size:  Males 40-48 cm, females 38-46 cm, for very typical dogs an extra 2 cm are permissible.

Size:  Males 42-48 cm.  Females 40-46 cm.  For very typical dogs an extra 2 cm is permissible.

(CKC)Head:  Skull moderately developed, almost flat with a slightly marked furrow, nicely rounded on the sides. The occipital bone should be little pronounced. Muzzle to blend evenly and in a slight slope with the skull. Stop not visible. On the whole, the head should remind one of the brown bear.
Faults: Skull pointed and oblong in shape; head too short, too long or too narrow; marked stop; hair exaggeratedly developed, especially when falling over the eyes.

(FCI)Skull:  The skull is moderately developed, almost flat with a medial furrow slightly marked, rounding harmoniously on the sides and has a slightly pronounced occipital protuberance.  Approximately as long as it is wide.  The front section slopes gently to the muzzle.   Stop is scarecly discernable.
 
(CKC)Muzzle should be straight, somewhat short, the brain skull remaining the dominating part of the head; narrow without exaggeration and wedge shaped. The lips should not be very fleshy and are well covering the lower jaw without any hint of a flew. The mucous membranes of the lips and palate to be black or heavily marked with black. Nose black, The hair covering the muzzle should correspond to the description given by the present standard


Faults:  Square, too long or rectangular shaped muzzle; lack of pigment; too much coat with hair falling over the eyes (see also under "Coat").

(FCI)Muzzle: Straight, a little shorter than the skull, tapering like a wedge but without a pointed tip.          
Nose:  The nose is black

(CKC)Eyes:  The very expressive eyes should be surrounded by thin eyelids and black rims. They are well opened, of dark brown colour, neither protruding nor deep set. Harlequin and slate gray dogs are allowed a pearl eye or eyes showing a partly depigmented iris, these features being almost always typical with these coats

Faults:  Eyes too small, too round, too light; lack of expression. Unpigmented eyelids.

(FCI)Eyes:  Black eye rims, whatever the colour of the coat, enclosing expressive eyes, wide open and dark brown in colour. They must be neither prominent nor too deep set.  Wall eyes or eyes with different coloured spots are allowed in dogs with harlequin coats or slate grey coats, of which they are nearly always a characteristic feature.

(CKC)Teeth: The canines to be very strong in comparison to the size of the dog. Scissors bite, Level (pincer) bite permissible.

(FCI)Teeth & Lips:  The canines are strong, the dentition must be complete.  The teeth of the upper jaw cover those of the lower jaw keeping contact.  The pincer bite is allowed.  The lips, not very thick, cover perfectly the lower jaw and do not show any apparent labial comissure. The mucous membranes of the lips and the palate are either black or strongly marked with black.

(CKC)Ears: The ears should be rather short, reasonably broad at their base and neither sit too close on the top of the skull, nor be placed too far apart on the sides of the head. They are usually cropped. Nevertheless, an uncropped, well placed ear is not objectionable.  A naturally upright standing ear is always betraying a cross with some other breed. When quality is equal, the dog with cropped ears is to be placed before the exhibit without cropped ears.

Faults:  Ears set too low and badly carried.


(FCI)Ears:   They must be rather short, moderately broad at the base, and placed not too close to each other at the top of the skull, nor too far apart.  They are trianbular, thin, ending in a point, dropped, dished, very mobile.  When the dog is alert (front view) their edge/outline extends, perceptibly, the line of the skull.  They can also be partially erect.  In this case the lower part must be drawn up and mobile, ideally, the top third or half of the ear should fall forward or sideways, symmetrically for both ears.

Eliminating Fault:  Ears naturally upright.


(CKC)Neck:  Rather long, fairly well muscled, blending nicely with the shoulders. Faults: Badly set on, coarse, weak, short or too long.

(FCI)Neck:  Rather long, quite muscular, well set into the shoulders.

(CKC)Body:  Lean. The back to be of good length and strong. Loins short and slightly arched, appearing to be higher than they really are due to the thick layer of coat covering the rear. Croup rather short and sloping. Flanks not very deep. Ribs slightly sprung. Chest moderately developed and reaching to the elbows, seldom deeper.

Faults:  Courseness, cobby shape, straight topline.

(FCI)Body:  Bone structure is lean.  Back quite long, but well sustained.  Loin short and slightly curved; it seems even more so because the dog's coat is often thicker on the rear and the croup.  Croup rather short and quite sloping.   Chest (brisket) moderately developed, comes seldom down to the level of the elbows. The ribs are slightly rounded.  Flank only slightly let down.

(CKC)Tail:  Well feathered, not very long, set on rather low and with a hook at the tip. Should not be carried above the backline when dog is excited. Most tails are docked but there are also naturally short tails. When two dogs of otherwise identical quality are confronted in the show-ring, preference should be given to the one with a docked tail.


Faults:  Bad tail carriage or missing hook.


(FCI)Tail: 
Not very long, set rather low and with a hooked tip, and is well feathered. When the dog is alert, in general, it is just over the topline from above, however, it can curl forward. In countries where this practice is not prohibited by law, certain subjects are shortened. Rudimentary tail allowed.

(CKC)Forequarters:  Lean, sinewy feathered. Carpus to be well marked.

Faults:  Double dewclaws. Unsoundness.

(FCI)Forequarters:  Lean, sinewy, feathered with hairs; pastern joint pronounced.

(CKC)Shoulders:  Should be rather long, fairly obliquely set, the points of the shoulder blades to reach over the topline.

Faults:  Shoulders too straight or too short


(FCI)Shoulders:  Quite long, moderately sloping; the point of the shoulder-blade jutting out clearly from the topline.

(CKC)Hindquarters:  Well developed, muscled but short upper thigh. Hocks lean, low set, moderately bent and sometimes placed somewhat narrow, a feature especially common with dogs born and reared in the mountains. All joints to be well bent. Dogs with semi-long coat have no feathering on the legs. The rear legs can display single or double dew claws. Since this is an age old feature of the shepherd breeds, preference should be given to dogs having dew claws.

Faults:  Straight hocks; joints lacking in springiness.


(FCI)Hindquarters:  The angulations are rather closed. Dogs with semi-long hair have the limbs without fringes.  Thighs muscular, but only barely let down.  Hocks lean, placed low, well bent and sometimes a little close together.  The hind legs may or may not have single or double dew claws. The dewclaw being an ancient characteristic of the shepherd breeds. The subjects with dew claws must be preferred.


(CKC)Feet:  Lean, rather flat, or definitely oval shape. Pads dark, nails small but strong. They should be well covered by hair growing between the toes.


Faults:  Too heavily coated feet showing an unsightly under part. Fleshy toes. Cat-feet. Long and light coloured nails. Insuffîciently coated feet.


(FCI)Feet:  Lean, quite flat, of an accentuated oval shape.  The pads are dark; the nails small, hard and covered with hair which goes under the foot and in-between the toes.

(CKC)Skin:  Should be thin, often spotted with pigment, whatever the colour of the coat.

(FCI)Skin:  Fine, often mottled with dark patches, whatever the colour of the coat.


(CKC)Coat:  Long or semi-long but always dense and nearly flat or only with a slight wave, thicker and more woolly on the croup and at the upper thighs, the texture to be something between goat hair and sheep wool. To be shorter and less thick at the muzzle where it should display a "blown back look" including the hair of the cheeks. The eyes must by all means remain visible, never be covered by hair.

Faults:  Excessive growth of hair on the head, especially if it is covering the eyes and, as far as the muzzle goes, creating any resemblance with the griffon. Bad texture. Open and tight curls.

(FCI)Coat:  The hair is long or semi-long, but always dense, almost flat or slightly wavy; thicker and more woolly on the rump and the thighs, its texture being like something in-between goat's hair and sheep's wool.  In some animals, the mixture of dry hair and woolly hair may give rise to strands on the croup and the thighs.  The hair on the muzzle is shorter and less dense. Sideways on the muzzle and the cheeks, the hair is brushed (tousled) front to back.  The eyes must be apparent and not covered with hair.

(CKC)Colours:  Fawn of lighter or darker shades with or without black shadowing, sometimes with a little white at the head, chest and feet lighter or darker shades of gray, often with white markings at the head, chest and feet. Harlequins in various shades. Black with or without white is rare. Clear colours are preferred.

(FCI)Colour:  More or less dark fawn with a mingling of black hairs and sometimes a little white at the chest and on the feet; more or less light grey, often with white on the head, chest and on the feet; blue mottled with black ( harlequin of varied tones).  The black coats or black with white markings are not very widespread.  The coats of pure colour are preferred.

(CKC)Gait:  Because of his overall construction the Pyrenean Shepherd Dog displays a rather restricted pace. Ambling is not penalized but it should be considered that this is foremost a gait used by dogs while working with sheep in order to keep up with their reactions, or in the evening when they are getting tired after a full day's work. Ambling is therefore not justified in the show ring. The Pyrenean Shepherd Dog moves mostly at a trot. The latter should be clean and strong. At a slow trot the head is carried somewhat high, at a fast outreaching trot the head is level with the topline. The feet should never be lifted much of the ground. All the movements to be fluid, close to the round. A correct gait that is pleasing to the eye is the result of good shoulder and rear angulations.


(FCI)Gait/Movement:  At the walk, the Pyrenean Shepherd has, through his conformation, a rather restricted gait; ambling is not penalized but it is a gait often used by the working dogs aiming at extending the walk to follow the pace of the sheep, or used at the end of the day when feeling tired.  Therefore, ambling is not acceptable in the show ring.  The trot, preferred gait of our little shepherd, must be true and vigorous.  At the short trot the head is carried a bit high, at the extended trot the head is in the line with the back.  The feet are never lifted very much, the movement is flowing; the dog skims over the ground.  The correct movement, pleasant to the eye, is given by the balance of the shoulder and hindquarter angulations.

(CKC)Disqualifications:
    Any size above or under the limits set by the present standard.
    Nose of any colour other than black.
    Pearl eyes with any coat other than slate gray or harlequin.
    Over and undershot mouths.
    Naturally upright standing ears.
    Cryptorchidism and Monorchidism, that is dogs having only one testicle or none at all.
Note:  Male animals should have two apparently normal testes fully descended into the scrotum.

(FCI)Faults:  Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with with the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

Serious Faults:

  • General appearance:  Heavy dog, not lively.
  • Skull: Ogival skull; bulging forehead;  stop pronounced or non-existant
  • Muzzle:  Muzzle square or rectangular, lack of pigmentation on the nose or lips
  • Eyes:  Eyes too light or with a wild looking expression.  Depigmented eyelids.
  • Tail carried curled over or above the kidney; tail called "Squirrel Tail" (folded horizontally on the back); vertebrae fused. 
  • Hair:  Hair too abundant on the head, especially when it covers the eyes and on the muzzle, when it looks like griffon moustaches.  Bad texture.  Curly and frizzy.   Lacking density or thickness.
  • Colour:  Too many and too big white patches.  Harlequin colour lacking the contrast between the gray and the black or with the presence of fawn/brown.  Black coat with tan on the head and on the legs (black marked with fawn points).

Eliminating Faults:
  • Temperament:  Aggressive or fearful
  • Nose and eye rims:  No colour other than absolutely black.
  • Bite:  Under or overshot mouth.  Absence of more than 2 teeth (PM1 the exception).  The absence of  canine or carnassial teeth.
  • Tail limp and carried vertically.
  • Ears:  Ears naturally erect.
  • Eyes:  Wall eye in dogs other than the harlequins or slate greys; white spots on eyelids.  Eye yellow.
  • Coat (colour):  White covering more than 1/3 .
  • Size:  Size outside the limits

  • Males should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.



FCI Standard for the Smooth-Faced Berger des Pyrenees
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : This variety of Pyrenean Sheepdog was principally found in the Pyrenean foot-hills where it was “much appreciated by horse-dealers and cattle-drovers” according to Bernard SÉNAC-LAGRANGE (1927 club’s yearbook) . Its distinctive features compared with those of other types of Pyrenean Sheepdogs gained it an appendix in the breed standard from the 1920s.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Overall, the smooth-faced Pyrenean Sheepdog has the same characteristics as the long coated Pyrenean Sheepdog.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS :
·         The skull is approximately as wide as long.
·         The muzzle is slightly shorter than the skull , but longer than that of the long or semi-long coated varieties. 
·         The length of the body is almost equals its height.
·         The distance from the elbow to the ground is greater than half the height at the withers.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Lively, biddable dog, sometimes wary of strangers.
HEAD :  Furnished with short fine hair (hence the name “smooth-faced”). The muzzle is a little longer than that of the semi-long coated Pyrenean Sheepdogs
BODY : A little shorter than that of the long-coated Pyrenean Sheepdog, it is a more square shaped body
LIMBS : Covered in smooth hair with a light fringe of hair on the front legs and breeches  on the hind legs.  The foot is both  tighter and more arched than that of the long-coated sheepdog.  Angulations are more open in this variety.
GAIT / MOVEMENT  :  On the move, the smooth-faced Pyrenean Sheepdog has a shorter stride than the long-coated variety.
COAT : On the body the hair is semi-long or less than semi-long.  It reaches its longest length on the neck and withers (6-7 cm) and on the median line of the back (4-5 cm).
SIZE :  Height at withers :  Males 40-54 cm.  Females 40-52 cm
FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
The faults and eliminating faults are the same as those indicated for the long-coated variety, except for those describing coat and proportions.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.