The Great Pyrenees is known as a loving yet fierce protector of their families. It is this devotion that has made them a popular breed choice for many decades. With their beautiful and distinctive white coats, gentle personality and loyalty to their family, the Great Pyrenees has become a popular choice to mix with other canines in the pursuit of the “perfect” large breed.
The practice of breeding two purebred dogs of different breeds to create a brand new breed is called “designer dog” breeding. In the article below, we look at 16 different designer dogs that have been produced from mixing Great Pyrenees with another breed.
Many deserving mixed breed dogs are looking for their forever homes in shelters across the country. If you love the Great Pyrenees and are open to a mixed breed – which are often healthier and individual – you can find some of the lovable hybrid pups below in your local shelters! Let’s jump in and look at some of our favorites, including pictures of each!
Breeds: Great Pyrenees and Bernese Mountain Dog
The Great Bernese is a beautiful hybrid. The result of mixing the Bernese Mountain Dog and a Great Pyrenees. With two giant breed parents, the Great Bernese will likely weigh between 85 and 190 pounds. However, despite their impressive size, they are a very mellow animal. This doesn’t mean they won’t need space to roam – we don’t recommend this breed for apartment dwellers.
Given a backyard and a loving family, this gentle and easy going pup will certainly be happy! While naturally pleasant and good natured, this breed can also be a bit stubborn. They require consistent training with an experienced leader. Provided this proper structure, the Great Bernese is an affectionate breed that will make a great family companion.
Breeds: Great Pyrenees and Siberian Husky
The Pyrenees is an impressive giant breed. The Pyrenees Husky combines the Husky and the Great Pyrenees. This canine is likely to be a very large pup. Although, some Pyrenees Huskies can be on the smaller side if they take after the Husky parent. The Pyrenees Husky is quite energetic and is a great adventure partner for active families! It is important to note they can become destructive if left under-stimulated. A regular exercise routine is imperative.
This canine is very loyal to their family, but also can be independent. They get this trait from their Husky side. This mix is extremely intelligent. But, they are known to be a bit stubborn and will need consistent and firm training. This mix is great for families with children, they are both protective over and gentle with kids. If given love, attention and stimulation, the Pyrenees Husky will be amiable and devoted, making them a wonderful option for dynamic families!
Breeds: Great Pyrenees and Irish Wolfhound
This massive pup – known as the Great Wolfhound, mixes the Irish Wolfhound and the Great Pyrenees. They are a faithful hybrid with lots of love to give! Likely to mature into a giant breed, this mix tends to weigh in at over a hundred pounds. Potential adopters should make sure they are equipped to take on such a large dog. The Great Wolfhound is known for being protective over the ones they love. This, coupled with their large stature, make them an excellent choice for those who would like a guard dog to feel safe. However, they are rarely aggressive.
While they are gentle with children, they should never be left unattended with kids as they are very big and accidents can happen! It is important to socialize this mix regularly with people and other dogs. Their Irish Wolfhound side can lead them to be suspicious and even overprotective. Introducing them to new situations frequently can help with this!
Breeds: Great Pyrenees and Golden Retriever
The Great Pytreiver is an amazingly affectionate dog that reminds us of a big golden bear! The Great Pytriever mixes the Golden Retriever and the Great Pyrenees. They are full of energy. They love to make friends and are very spirited. Because of this, and their size, we don’t recommend the Great Pytriever for those who live in apartments. This fun-loving mix enjoys room to roam, preferably with a backyard to lounge in and explore!
While it’s easy to let this cute and loveable breed get away with a lot, we highly recommend consistent training and firm leadership. If this area is ignored, the Great Pytriever could develop an aversion to structure and boundaries and their stubborn side is likely to manifest. Daily exercise will be required to burn off their boisterous energy levels. A well trained and exercised Great Pytreiver is a wonderfully affectionate, people-loving pup!
Breeds: Great Pyrenees and Great Dane
Meet the giant Great Pyredane! A large breed produced from mixing a purebred Great Dane and a purebred Great Pyrenees. Two parent breeds with “Great” in their name? This mix is sure to exceed expectations! They are known for being quite independent, the Great Pyrenees helps to temper the Great Danes tendency for separation anxiety. This is helpful for those who love Great Danes but are concerned about their difficulties with separation. One should also expect lots of hair from this breed! They are heavy shedders year-round.
The Great Pyredane is a giant breed, and can be a little more active than a traditional Great Dane due to their Pyrenees Parent’s need to roam. Because of this, you’ll likely want to consider a different breed if you have young kids. They can be somewhat guarded and become overprotective if not socialized properly. If you socialize them early, expect a very large, but happy and boistrous pup.
Breeds: Great Pyrenees and Labrador Retriever
Meet the Pyrador: an energetic large breed that is very affectionate and family-oriented. This mix between a Great Pyrenees and a Labrador Retriever is generally quite friendly, although they should be properly socialized to ensure this remains the case! They are heavy shedders so make sure you have a brush and vacuum on hand.
Typically the Pyrador is an active breed, meaning they will enjoy activities that allow them to stretch their legs and are not suitable for apartments. The Pyrador loves children and can be protective of their family. This is great for potential dog owners seeking companion that will protect you and your family against intruders. If you’re looking for a devoted companion who is a great exercise buddy and wonderful with kids – look no further than the Pyrador!
Breeds: Great Pyrenees and German Shepherd
Germanees may sound like a funny name, but this mix between a German Shepherd and a Great Pyrenees is no laughing matter! Both regal and beautiful, this fiercely devoted hybrid can be quite protective and formidable. This makes them an excellent watch and guard dog, but they should be properly trained and socialized to make sure they can tell the difference between friend and foe.
The Germanees goes by a few other names like the Shepnese and Shep Py. They tend to weigh around a hundred pounds and are incredibly powerful and agile canines. We recommend strong and capable leadership for this pup, as they could easily overpower an owner they don’t consider “alpha.” For this reason, we recommend this breed to those who have experience with large breeds. The Germanees does well with children but should always be supervised when around them.
Breeds: Great Pyrenees and Poodle
The Poodle remains a very popular breed to mix with other dogs so, of course, we have a Great Pyrenees and Poodle mix for you! While Poodles vary in size, the Standard Poodle is the most popular sized Poodle used to breed for this hybrid. This means the Pyredoodle will be quite large, generally maturing around 100 pounds. The Pyredoodle requires moderate exercise. If they feel understimulated, this breed has been known to get themselves into mischief, so keeping a consistent exercise routine will be important.
While this mix does great in multiperson families and are incredibly loyal, both parent breeds have a propensity to be suspicious of strangers. This makes them an excellent watchdog, however, they will also require consistent socialization to curb any unwanted overprotectiveness. They may not be the first to make friends, but they are not known for being aggressive and can easily warm up if introduced properly.
Breeds: Great Pyrenees and Pit Bull
The Pyrenees Pit is a powerful, impressive mix between the Pitbull and the Great Pyrenees. This pup is quite the specimen, both very athletic and muscular. They will require a strong leader to follow, preferably someone who is experienced with large dogs. This hybrid is known for their incredible loyalty. They will do anything for their family, but this also means they can be quite protective. It is very important to train your Pyrenees Pit to know when guarding is appropriate and not.
The Pyrenees pit may look intimidating, they are actually quite gentle in most cases. There are many misconceptions about Pit Bulls, but they are very sweet in the proper environment. However, the Pyrenees Pit should still be closely watched during interactions with small children, unfamiliar animals and strangers. The Pyrenees Pit is a very eager-to-please dog. This trait makes them very trainable and obedient – good news with such a powerful dog. While this mix looks intimidating, like most pups they just want to be loved by their family!
Breeds: Great Pyrenees and Anatolian Shepherd
While both the Anatolian Shepherd and Great Pyrenees are bred to guard livestock, mixing the two is actually quite unusual. Known as the Anatolian Pyrenees, this massive pup is very mellow and does well with children of all ages. They can be protective at times, as is typical with many Pyrenees mixes, but they are not aggressive and can be very friendly even with strangers if they are given proper socialization and training.
This mix does better with a strong leader who has experience with giant breeds. They are also not suited for apartments. This mix loves to run and roam and should be given plenty of space to do so. With the right structure, they are an extremely devoted companion.The Anatolian Pyrenees tend to be very laid-back and affectionate – making this wonderful giant breed the perfect snuggle companion, just make sure you have enough room on the couch!
Border Collie Pyrenees
Breeds: Great Pyrenees and Border Collie
The Border Collie Pyrenees is a rare mix between a Border Collie and, you guessed it, a Pyrenees. This pup is quite energetic and generally is a larger sized dog. Due to these factors, the Border Collie Pyrenees should not be kept in a home with limited space. This highly intelligent breed will need ample amounts of physical and mental stimulation – more than your average breed. This is best achieved with a house and a fenced back yard, but will also require owners dedicated to giving them opportunities to be active.
This mix likes to be made a priority in their family. This mix does not enjoy being left alone and can become destructive if they are unattended for long periods of time. As we mentioned, this mix is very intelligent, which usually means they should be easy to train. However, the Border Collie Pyrenees has been known to be quite stubborn and therefore will require consistent dedicated training to master certain commands.
Breeds: Great Pyrenees and Mastiff
A Great Pyreness and a Mastiff mixed will produce the beautiful Maspyr. This giant pup can weigh up to 200 pounds! This makes it one of the largest breeds on our list and, therefore, not for everyone. Because of their size, this powerful pup will require a strong and confident handler to assert their dominance and properly train a Great Pyrenees.
In addition to their size, the Maspyr can be quite strong-willed and will require patience and persistence to train. This breed, like many other giant breeds, expect a shorter lifespan. Maspyr’s usually only live for about 6 to 10 years. The shorter lifespan is generally due to their size being harder on their body, and is something to consider before adopting a Maspyr. If you are willing to dedicate the needed amount of time and love to this gentle giant, they will repay you with endless devotion and love!
Breeds: Great Pyrenees and Saint Bernard
A Saint Pyrenees mixes a Saint Bernard and a Great Pyrenees. You are sure to have a very large pup with this hybrid. The offspring of two giant breed parents, this mix usually weighs well over 100 pounds. Like other giant breeds, expect a shorter life span. The Saint Pyrenees usually does not live longer than 10 years. The Saint Pyrenees is very gentle, especially with children and does well as a family companion pet.
Because of the Saint Pyrenees’s massive size, we do not recommend them for those who live in apartments or small spaces. As with any large dog, the bills are likely to be bigger, as well. If you have the budget and room for this giant-size breed, they will reward you with the love and gentleness this hybrid is known for.
Breeds: Great Pyrenees and Chow Chow
The Chownees crosses the Great Pyrenees and the Chow Chow. This mix is a fluffy mix, with lots of hair! It will range in color from black, to white, orange and even multi color. There’s a good chance your Chownees will inherit a different colored tongue from their Chow parentage. This mix is typically larger than a Chow, but smaller than a Purebred Great Pyrenees. Their hair will generally be longer, and somewhat fluffy.
The Chownees sheds A LOT. You’ll need to be prepared for regular grooming sessions if you adopt one into your home. This mix can also be somewhat territorial. Both parents are very well known for their guardian instincts. While the Chownees may not necessarily be known for biting, they may act somewhat assertive or even aggressive when people they don’t’ know enter their space. This breed isn’t recommended for families with kids, due to their size and temperaments.
Breeds: Great Pyrenees and Rottweiler
The Great Weilernees combines the Rottweiler and the Great Pyrenees. The Great Weilernees will generally have a medium to longer length coat. When it comes to their size, they can weigh upwards of 100 pounds, easily pushing into giant breed territory. Males are usually larger than females. Their coats can range in color. Typically, their coat colors will resemble their Rottweiler parent, but there’s also a chance you’ll see a mix of the two breeds together.
When it comes to temperament, the Great Weilernees can be a good family pet. Their size however, may not be great for families with young kids. One quick swipe of their tail, can clear a table. If they are not properly socialized, they can also inherit territorial behaviors. Both parent breeds are known for being different types of guardian dogs, so that inherent breed nature can be hard to deter. The Great Weilernees needs a strong leader. They can be headstrong dogs that will require consistent training.
Breeds: Great Pyrenees and Australian Shepherd
The Aussie Pyrenees blends the Australian Shepherd and the Great Pyrenees. This mix is perfect for someone that’s looking for a dog that’s slightly bigger than an Australian Shepherd, yet smaller than a Great Pyrenees. You’ll likely end up with a medium or large-sized dog, depending on their parents. Their coat colors will range, but you’ll likely end up with a mix of coat colors, mostly from their Aussie parent.
The Australian Pyrenees is an excellent family companion. Crossing the Aussie allows the friendly and energetic personality to come out in this unique mix. They will be less likely to be more reserved with strangers, and due to their slightly smaller stature than their Pyrenees parent, will be better sized if your family has kids. The Aussie Pyrenees mix does have some herding instincts, but these can be subside with proper exercise and training. They are great with children, and not aggressive or territorial.
Great Pyrenees adds beauty, stature, loyalty, devotion and so many other wonderful qualities to any mix. It’s no wonder breeds are beginning to mix them with other large breeds. The above are just a few that stood out to us!
If you’re considering owning a Great Pyrenees, looking into mixes can often get you unique dog, that’s healthier than a purebred. You may also luck out, finding perfect mix at a local shelter, saving a life in the process. Looking into some of these amazing Great Pyrenees mixes could lead you to your next best friend!