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Great Pyrenees Mixes: 16 Large Pyrenees Hybrid Dogs

Is mixing the Great Pyrenees with another breed the secret to finding the "perfect" large dog? Find out more about our favorite Great Pyrenees mixes below!


Last Updated: June 23, 2023 | 12 min read

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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 personalities, 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. 

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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 by 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 unique – 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.

If you are not certain of your dog’s genetic makeup, you can use an at-home DNA test kit to find out.

Anatolian Pyrenees: Anatolian Shepherd Great Pyrenees Mix

Anatolian Pyrenees
The Anatolian Pyrenees is a hybrid of the Anatolian Shepherd and Great Pyrenees.

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.

Australian Pyrenees: Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees Mix

Australian Pyrenees
The Australian Pyrenees is a combination of the Australian Shepherd and Great Pyrenees.

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 parents, will be better sized if your family has kids. The Aussie Pyrenees mix does have some herding instincts, but these can be subsided with proper exercise and training. They are great with children and not aggressive or territorial.

Border Collie Pyrenees: Border Collie Great Pyrenees Mix

Border Collie Pyrenees
The Border Collie Pyrenees is a combination of the Great Pyrenees and the 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 backyard, 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. 

Chownees: Chow Chow Great Pyrenees Mix

The Chownees is a combination of the Chow Chow and the Great Pyrenees.

The Chownees mixes 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.

Germanees: German Shepherd Great Pyrenees Mix

Shepnees Laying in Grass
The Shepnees will need a large yard with room to roam.

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 excellent watch and guard dogs, 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. 

Great Bernese: Great Pyrenees Bernese Mountain Dog Mix

Pyrenees Mountain Dog
The Pyrenees Mountain Dog is a cross between the Great Pyrenees and the 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 very mellow animals. 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. 

Great Pyredane: Great Pyrenees Great Dane Mix

Great Pyredane
The Pyredane is a mix between the Dane and the Great Pyrenees.

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, and the Great Pyrenees helps to temper the Great Dane’s 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 Pyrenee’s 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 boisterous pup.

Great Pytriever: Great Pyrenees Golden Retriever Mix

Great Pytriever
The Great Pytriever combines the Great Pyrenees and the Golden Retriever.

The Great Pytreiver is an affectionate and intelligent dog that reminds us of a big golden bear. A Great Pytriever mixes the Golden Retriever and the Great Pyrenees. They are full of energy and protective of their humans. Because of their size, we don’t recommend the Great Pytriever for those who live in apartments (consider one of these smaller apartment-sized pups instead). This mix enjoys room to roam, preferably with a backyard to lounge in and explore.

While it’s easy to let this cute 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 pup.

Great Weilernees: Great Pyrenees Rottweiler Mix

Great Weilernees
The Great Weilernees is a cross between the Rottweiler and Great Pyrenees.

The Great Weilernees combines the Rottweiler and the Great Pyrenees. A 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.

Great Wolfhound: Great Pyrenees Irish Wolfhound Mix

Great Wolfhound
The Great Wolfhound is a mix of the Irish Wolfhound and Great Pyrenees.

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 of 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.

Maspyr: Mastiff Great Pyrenees Mix

Pyrenees Mastiff mix
The Maspyr is a combination of the English Mastiff and the Great Pyrenees.

A Great Pyrenees and a Mastiff mixed will produce the beautiful Maspyr. This giant pup can weigh up to 200 pounds. This makes them 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, expects a shorter lifespan. Maspyrs 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.

Pyrador: Great Pyrenees Labrador Retriever Mix

Pyrador in Snow
The Pyrador blends the Labrador and the Great Pyrenees.

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 when very young 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 a 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.

Pyredoodle: Great Pyrenees Poodle Mix

The Pyredoodle is the offspring of a Poodle and the Great Pyrenees.

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 is incredibly loyal, both parent breeds have the 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. 

Pyrenees Husky: Great Pyrenees Siberian Husky Mix

Pyrenees Husky
The Pyrenees Husky blends the Siberian Husky and Great Pyrenees.

The Pyrenees is an impressive giant breed. A 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, and 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!  

Pyrenees Pit: Great Pyrenees Pit Bull Mix

Pyrenees Pitbull
The Pyrenees Pit is a mix of the Pitbull and Great Pyrenees.

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 his 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 mix to know when guarding is appropriate and not. 

The Pyrenees Pittie may look intimidating, but 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.

Saint Pyrenees: Saint Bernard Great Pyrenees Mix

Saint Pyrenees
The Saint Pyrenees combines a Saint Bernard and Great Pyrenees.

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’ 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. 

Final Thoughts

The Great Pyrenees adds beauty, stature, loyalty, devotion, and many other wonderful qualities to any mix. It’s no wonder breeders are beginning to mix these giant pups 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 a unique dog that’s healthier than a purebred. You may also luck out finding the 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.

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  1. I have what I believe is a Pyrenees Sheltie mix. She is protective, extremely sensitive to other’s energy and very intelligent. We adopted her from the shelter at about 3 months old and I suspect she had some trauma, as they said she was found wandering the streets. She is a beautiful dog, tan and white with long hair, a bit of a mane and coloring of a sheltie on her face. She is very sweet and lays on her back a lot but she has resource guarding issues that we’re working on. She is likely to nip/bite if a person is afraid, or tries to touch something that she has decided is hers, or if you try to make her do something she doesn’t want to do. Other than the nipping, she’s a great dog, and very beautiful.

  2. I have a pyrador, (75% pyrenees, 25% black lab) she’s my first dog and she’s difficult when it comes to tething, much more hyper than most dogs at 8 weeks old that’s for sure. But she’s easy to train so far, taught her to sit and lay down within 2 days. Though I wouldn’t recommend if you don’t have time to help them get their energy out (playing, walks, ect) because they are very hyper from what I’ve seen so far

  3. Rescued(?) what I thought was a GP in January 2022. Put up fliers and called everyone I know to get this dog help. I live in a rural area and irresponsible people dump dogs here frequently. All my dogs were strays and they have been the most wonderful companions ever! We gave them a forever home. This girl, however was so magnificent I thought she might have been lost and took her to the vet to check for a chip of which there was not one. The vet told me to keep her a month and if no one claimed her we would probably be okay to give her a home. I decided to have her DNA checked to see if she was a purebred and the results came back today as 52.4% Karakachan and 47.6 Great Pyrenees. She has the double dew claws like the GP. Until today I’d never heard of a “Karakachan”! She is the most beautiful dog I’ve ever seen and I love her to death! She is HUGE! When I first weighed her at the vet as a “stray” she weighed 150#! She is on a diet but we are not making a lot of progress. She is amazing and would guard a beach towel! I found this website as I was looking for info on GP mixes. Thank for all the info.

  4. With someone who actually has a great Pyrenees golden retriever (aka a golden Pyrenees ) this really isn’t that accurate, first the picture is just a great Pyrenees, golden Pyrenees have a similar body to a golden retriever but fluffier, they shed 24-7, can be aggressive to dogs and people because of the Pyrenees, have selective deafness meaning they will ignore you if you aren’t their owner ( Teddy only listens to my dad and I) and can be very smart but can play dumb. other than that they’re loyal dogs, very sweet as well as a couch potatoes an

    1. We have pyrenees newfie mix, each one of the siblings look different. Some are more newfie looking with all black heads. My baby looks just like a landseer. She is sweet and cuddly, barks a lot, and can be food aggressive with our other pups. When you have mixed breeds they are going to vary in appearance.

  5. Jaime Hersh-White

    we have a 2.5 yo Great German Rottenees. (Great Pyrenees, rottweiler, Dane, German shepard, German short-haired pointer). looks like a rottie, mini dane, sits and guards like a pyrenees. super lovable !!!

  6. We should only be mixing MALE DOGS with FEMALE DOGS and THATS IT. I’m very discouraged seeing all of these potentially MALE TO MALE dog mixes

  7. Susan Celeste Sauer

    Thank you. This was somewhat helpful..we’re considering a move to WA..trying to find a protective nature dog to protect smaller ones on partly wooded property.

  8. This helps me understand my Pyrenees mix. I’d like to see a Pyrenees boxer beagle mix. That what mine is.DNA said so. She only weighs 45lbs. Thinks she a lap dog, and very loyal. I’d post a picture but it looks like I can’t, she has many Pyrenees traits as well as boxer but the beagle is the part that loves to bark. She’s not interested in treats so training was a little difficult mostly because that beagle in her wants to go after squirrels and bunnies rather than sit and watch me with a treat. I see the playfulness of the GP, rolling on her back juggling a toy in her paws and mouth. And she has the best smeller. She can smell the neighbors nonspaded wolf husky mix. She’s a great protector of everything!

  9. Great overview of the Pyree Mixes. I have an Anatolian Pyrenees (had her DNA tested). Absolutely a great dog. Exactly what I wanted. “Not needy”; Clean; Doesn’t drool; Isn’t “mouthy”, Loves children; Fortunately for me I am experienced training my own dogs and I’m more stubborn. She is so well mannered and will do everything I tell her, except “Come” HaHa

    1. I have two Anatolian/Pyrenees mix males. One is 3/4 pyrenees and 1/4 anatolian the other is the reverse. They look very different and act different. The 3/4 pyrenees is an absolute clown, he loves to play chase, keep away, get into rooms and drawers he’s not supposed to. The 3/4 anatolian will occasionally play but is mostly on guard duty and keeps our yard free of all wildlife. My clown dog loves all people. My guard dog takes a lot of time to warm up to someone and let them touch him. Just shows you can mix the same two breeds and get very different results.

      1. I have a 3 month old 3/4 Pyrenees and 1/4 Anatolian shepherd that im wanting to absolutely breed with your male version of her when that time comes!

    1. Michelle Schenker

      Great Pyrenees is slightly bigger and more likely to roam, while the Maremma Sheepdog requires a little more grooming, is more active and more prone to boredom.

  10. My pit bred with a pyrenees and produced 9 beautiful puppies. My friend adopted 2 of them. They are big and gorgeous, with big heads like a pit.

  11. Question? We have a 100% gr pyr 7 yrs old LGD (rescued as a puppy/female) I just adopted (rescued)a 1 yr old male gr Pyr seems to be a mix. (No double dew claws) my question: will he learn to be as fabulous as my old girl at guarding my herd? Being he isn’t purebred. Will the mix in him water down his individual thinking/guarding instincts??? I need him to learn from her. This breed has instincts like none other. Haven’t lost a goat, chicken or calf in 7 years. Just thinking out loud…

  12. I have a Great Pyrenees supposedly mixed with a Border Collie, but he doesn’t really look like a “Great Collie”. The mother is a Great Pyrenees for sure (we saw her, and she was HUGE), but not sure about the father as a Border Collie…

    He is beautiful though. We think he might be mixed with a Beauceron or something like that. He is a fantastic guard dog.
    I bought him in a farm straight from the Pyrenees, in France, as I live there right down the mountains (so I’m used to seeing LOTS of Great Pyrenees, mostly working dogs)

    He is now 11 months old and weight 94 pounds.

  13. Thor is our big baby , big white snowball Great Pyrenees . He is 3 and is about 125 lbs , and each and everyday bring so much love to us. I’ve had always had a fur best friend in my life , but Thor is one of my top 5 picks. Help truly loves our grandchildren and i think he thinks he is one of the kids when they come over.

  14. I just posted a comment regarding my Pyrenees x Dane x Mastiff. Quincy is 8 months old,and I would love to find others to help him get socialized. If anyone lives in Kerrville, texas or near , I would love for him to get more interactions with other dogs. Kerrville has a number of dog parks!

  15. I have a Great Pyrenees x Great Dane x Mastiff! Beautiful boy! He looks like a Mantel Dane, but has every characteristic of each! He is half Pyrenees, quarter Mastiff and quarter Dane. He is rather timid of strangers, very protective of his “person”, which is me. Lol 8 months old and 90 pounds, he can be stubborn, as it’s all happening on his time, not to be rushed. No use in repeating commands, he’ll come…..

  16. Amanda J Wurtzel

    We have, what we were told, a Great Pyrenees/Red Tick Coonhound mix. He is
    1 1/2yrs old now. He was only 8 weeks on his gotcha day. He has long legs like a deer, somewhat bushy tail, his coat is medium length, it’s super soft, he has large brown fur marks on his body, his ears and around his eyes is dark brown as well. Is under belly has dark spots on his skin. He weighs in at only 60 pounds. He loves us with the same love that we love him.

  17. So happy I saw this!!!! I rescued my boy from Kentucky. He was not treated very nice . But he is the biggest lovebug I’ve ever had . Harley is about 2 yrs old , Great Pyrenees and Shepherd mix. He’s beautiful. So smart!! And I can’t imagine my life without him . He is wonderful with my 2 grandson’s. They are 2&4
    Any tips are much appreciated, he can be so stubborn at times.
    Thank you !!!!

  18. Tony Brandefine

    I want to know if you can tell me where I can buy or adopt

    Great Pyrenees Saint Bernard
    Great Pyrenees Masstiff
    Thanks for your time

  19. My Christiana’s dad is all Rottweiler + and her Mom is 1/2 Anatolian Shepard and 1/2 Great Pyrenees. At 8.5 months, she weighs 80 lbs. and looks all Anatolian Shepard. She is sweet, strong willed, stubborn, smart, and sneaky and loves to big snuggle/smash me. She is my lovey dovey “baby”.

  20. I have a Great Pyrenees / Box Heeler. I was told it would be called a Pyreneesian Box Heeler. Not sure. He is slightly larger than his Great Pyrenees mother and Box Heeler father. Weighing in at 93 pounds at 3 1/3 years old. I still see slight growth as he continues to widen out.

  21. We have a 2-year-old Pyrador we rescued at 6 weeks. The accidental breeder was going to “dispose” of the puppies from his chocolate lab. We adore her and she seemed a bit bored so we got a free PyreDane from a Great Pyrenees breeder. When someone dropped a Great Dane male outside their farm and before they could rehome him, their youngest female was pregnant.

    Cara is now 6 months old and as tall as our 2-year-old Pyrador. She’s the ultimate goofball and requires constant supervision. She is super snuggly, very loving, and just the sweetest dog ever. She adores Isabelle and will become anxious if they’re separated for any length of time.

    These two are the best dogs we’ve ever had the joy of being part of our family.

  22. We have a lovely Pyr/Aussie mix that came to us as a rescue pup. He is the light of our lives! Smart, affectionate, well mannered, and completely devoted to his family, as we are to him. He’s almost 8 now and does have hip and joint issues, but has received excellent vet care throughout his life that includes eastern alternative medical therapies. He has been on a fresh food, lightly cooked, high protein diet that includes fresh fruit and vegetables. I’ve been blessed with several large breed rescues including Newfies and Shepherd breeds, but I have to admit our Pyr/Aussie has been a complete joy. I’m sure I will search for another Pyr or Pyr mix when we lose Klondike, although I can’t bare to think of that day. If I could I’d go with him! However, we are committed to rescuing large breed dogs and, as we are no longer pups ourselves, are thinking of focusing on older dogs who need a loving home for the remainder of their days. God bless these gentle giants. I don’t know what I’ve have done without them in my life.

  23. We have a 4-year-old husky and a 7-month-old Great Pyrenees/Maremma mix. They are the best of friends. But the Pyr is very head strong and needs a strong alpha at home. Love them both to death.

  24. Robert james Elder

    Loved this article! We have a pure Pyrenees from SPCA pup who is just wonderful after having it only 3 weeks. Our other is a pyr mix and was a handful to raise but is doing great at 4. They are wonderful dogs and I think we will always have at least one in our animal-filled household…

  25. I live in Katy, Texas. I’m looking for a Great Pyrenees or mix. I had a black lab, but daughter took him for a support dog.

    1. Look into pyrescue.org. They’re based in Colorado but also take in a lot of dogs in Texas. We got our two from them in 2018. Good luck!

    2. Hi, I’m Trudy Regnier in Willis off I-45 north. My neighbor just posted the msg below yesterday. I was browsing pyreness mix and came upon your post. I would be happy to put you in contact with my neighbor if you are still looking for a dog

      “ A friend of mine has fallen on some poor health. He had gotten this great pup and unfortunately, caring for a young dog has proven to be a little much on him in his current condition. He wants nothing for him but for him to go to a good home. I told him I would help. If we didn’t already have three dogs, I would take this pup in an instant. He is a Catahoula – Great Pyrenees mix. He is only six months old , so he is going to be a big boy. He has had all his shots and is neutered. He comes with a nice dog house and a dog swimming pool if wanted. This would make an incredible family or individual’s companion. He really is a sweet, swell pup. I will deliver this guy to the right potential owner within reasonable travel or arrange to meet. Did I mention, free? The only price to be paid is a good and loving home. If I sense that that would not be the case, I guarantee to you that I would shuffle back. Right now he is called ”Big Dawg” but you can call him what you want if you take him.”

  26. I have a six-month-old Great Pyrenees and Feist mix. He’s at my knees right now and about 40 pounds. He’s the smartest dog I’ve ever had and loves everybody he meets as long as he can see them and they don’t run up to him. Hoping to get another Pyrenees mix in a few years. He gets lonely and bored fast so I’m hoping a friend will help out some.

    1. Hey, don’t wait! Go get another dog for your buddy- it’s the best thing you can do and you won’t regret it. I only had one growing up but now since we have three, I wouldn’t do it any other way (unless I do four)!

    2. Go get that buddy now! It was the best thing we did for our Pyrador. She tolerates her little “sister” but Cara keeps Isabelle moving and engaged.

  27. We rescued a full Great Pyrenees at her age of 7 years. Her name is Sophie. She is a wonderful companion and a gentle giant with everyone. We hope she has a long life span. We are not sure her passed life of what she has gone through. We will make sure she has a healthy, happy ending.

  28. I have a Great Pyrenees and Husky mix. I rescued her. She is 3 years old. She is the smartest dog I’ve ever had. She is also very good for me and my PTSD. She will come and want to play when I get in that mood and she brings me back to reality.

  29. I have a 6-month-old pup that is 1/2 Great Pyrenees (sire) and 1/4 Australian Shepherd and 1/4 Blue Heeler (dame). Any insights regarding this mix??

    1. I have a Great Pyrenees Australian Sheppard mix and he is really something else but an extremely good proctor. He’s very stubborn and has all the traits of the Pyrenees that I’ve read upon I love him to death now I think I’ll get him a DNA test done. The people I got him from told me about the breed and her daughter was my neighbor and she had one so I fell in love with them

  30. Ours are perfect just the way they are. You cannot ask for a better pet. They are fantastic little buddies and adapt anywhere.

  31. I have a Saint Pyreness, Auggie, who is so beautiful and quite large. He is now 5 years old. My gentle giant, so loved by me and my family.

  32. Antonia R Morgan

    I’ve had a lot of dogs in my lifetime (I’m 63 years old). But I will swear the best dog I ever had was my Great Pyrenees. She was a full-blooded Great Pyrenees. I got her at 3 months old, she made it to almost her 12th birthday. I loved her more than any other dog I ever had. I’ll get another one someday. Ripley is always with me, she’s tattooed on my arm.

  33. Terri Hidalgo

    I have a Great Pyrenees. I was told he was a mix, but he seems to be only Pyr. He is 125 pounds of floof and attitude. Buddy Boo is my heart!

  34. I have a 1-year-old Great Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd mix. I have had him since he was 8 weeks old. He weighs 130 pounds and is the sweetest dog I have ever had. He seems to sense when he is with small dogs and small children and is very gentle with them. He has been going to doggie daycare 3 days a week and they observe the same thing. I am 73 years old and use a gentle leader when we go for walks but since he is getting older he is less likely to pull me.

  35. I adopted a brother/sister pair from an oops litter with a 90lb German Shepherd mom & a 115lb Great Pyrenees dad. These are my 2 fave breeds & I’ve been around large dogs all my life. I couldn’t resist adopting them. The male is solid white with long hair (almost everyone thinks he’s full-blooded Pyrenees) @ 120lbs, and has the sensitive feelings of a shep, lol.

    His sister is black/white with long hair @ 130lbs and the Pyrenees independence. Best dogs I’ve ever had. Loyalty and protection of both breeds, but not as stubborn as a full Pyrenees, but more easily trained like a shep. I can control them with voice commands, but they will roam when allowed. Highly intelligent. Love them. Also, 2 of their littermates had shep markings with longer hair, and they were absolutely gorgeous!!

  36. Love your site. Rescued a five yr old Pyrenees Lab mix we need all the info we can get. Thank you for the info we have read so far.

  37. We have a Great Pyrenees mix, as well. Her name is Lanie Bear and she’s 9 y/o. She was a rescue here in S.E. TN. We aren’t sure what breed she is mixed with. We were told she’s GP and possibly St. Bernard, Sheppard & Collie.

    She basically looks like a GP, except she is honey-colored, and has some dark brown & black markings. Her ears looked bigger when she was young, but they seemed to never grow, so they are very small now. She has lots of hair, a thick double coat, a “plume” type tail, and the “feathers” on her legs. She is a very big dog (100+ lbs) & doesn’t care much for play.

    She’s content to lay beside you wherever you are and “survey” the grounds when she goes out. Anyone that meets her says she is absolutely the most brilliant dog they have ever seen. She seems to read your mind and does exactly what you ask with hardly any learning curve. Very docile, quiet & calm…. until a stranger or another dog approaches. Then the booming bark! We tell her it’s ok and she’s all “sniffs & licks”. Lol.

    Does anyone have thoughts on what her mix(s) might be?

    1. Sounds like a wonderful pup, Troy! I don’t know that this particular mix would have a specific nickname, given she’s mixed with multiple breeds. Sounds like an awesome dog, no matter what! Thanks for commenting!

  38. Pleased to see you are using a picture of my dog Red (Pyrenees Collie Mix). If you require any more photos of him or further information about the breed, please let me know.

  39. Like Monica, we have a Great Pyrenees/Boxer mix. She is so smart and gentle, but also protective. She rarely barks, but when she does we pay attention. She is a great learner – once she knows what we want, she complies joyfully.

    We live on an acreage with goats, cows, chickens, etc. and she can be trusted to walk among them all peacefully. She has even learned how to be careful of the plants in our garden. We hope to get a GP or GP mix puppy before she passes so she can help our next dog learn the ropes.

  40. We have a malyrenees (Great Pyrenees and Malamute). His original owner didn’t realize how large he would be when we decided to adopt him at 6 months old. He is by far one of the best dogs we have ever been blessed to own

  41. Helen A Markus

    We have Great Pyrenese Mix ( mom a Dogo Argentino and dad a great pyrenese). She is 9 months and she is a love bug who thinks she’s a lap dog, NOT!!!! Mutts are great dogs.

  42. Found 5 week old Great Pyredane puppies at a time when grieving for our Great Dane’s passing. Having had GDs and an Old English Sheepdog as family members in the past, we wanted the best of each breed.

    Hard part is waiting 3 weeks until bringing our baby pup home. She is rather short fur that is creamy white but looks a bit tawny on her head and back like a fawn Dane. So she’s clearly a good mix between her parents.

    Our thanks to the article’s author and all the commenters here that assure us we’ve made a great choice.

    1. Sounds like an amazing dog, Sophie! Good luck with your new pup! I’m sure she will be a wonderful addition!

  43. I had 2 GP for almost 12 years. Brother and sister. Yes we had to deal with lots of hair, brushing, walking, sitting with a 125 pounder on your lab, and having them jump on our bed when there was a storm, and having to walk around them at the house, they always want to be where you are. With all that said I can honestly tell you, they were and still the best dogs we have ever had. Today we’re looking into Great Bernese.

  44. Jesus Vazquez

    We got Cooper a year ago today from a rescue my daughter-in-law volunteer at my wife thinks he’s mix with golden. But I think he is purebred. He was rescued from Texas, and he’s 3 years old now. He just loves my grandsons and he’s very close to my wife. He loves when I get home from work. What a great dog!

  45. Interesting. I have a 6+ yr old male Great Pyrenees, 32″ tall, long bodied 143 lbs. Amazingly fast when he wants to be. Long walk early every morning is quick paced to get to investigation point to point. Best dog in the world. Not an off leash breed. Other dogs on a leash are pretty much ignored, off leash are a threat as are Coyotes and are met with tail up, loud warnings and a bounce or two.

    Awesome to live with and the smaller the grandchild, the more gentle he becomes. Never even a bump them off their feet.
    I can see a cross with a Bernese, Newfoundland, even a St Bernard. On the other hand, he’s hard to beat just as he is. Total run of the house with no worries, home or not. Quiet at night unless it’s important. Protective, Protective. Wonderful dog. You sleep well at night with him on watch. Thanks for the article

    1. Thanks for sharing, Ralph! We appreciate you taking the time to talk through your experience with your mix!

  46. I have a beautiful Great Pyrenees mix her dad is Great Pyrenees her mom is Shepherd/Lab mixed which are 3 great breeds!!! Her name is Pandora and at 4 1/2 months old she’s already as big as a year old lab and she’s the smartest puppy I’ve ever had b she gets anything I try to teach her 1st time and learns on her own.

    She’s hyper so we walk a couple of miles a day, headstrong or you can say stubborn, mischievous and is my perfect match. If you’re looking for an all around companion and can accommodate a large dog look no further these are some of the most lovable trainable, I’ve ever had the pleasure of having as a fur baby.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Glenda! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with your mix!

  47. I have a Great Pyrenees/Rottweiler mix. His mother was pure Rottweiler and his father was pure Great Pyrenees. (he was born on a farm that bred both and was inadvertently mixed) He is the best dog! He weighs around 135 healthy pounds and is huge! He is the largest dog at his doggy day-care.

    Hercules (aptly named) is very sweet to anyone he has met before – he loves his stuffed animals and will bring one as a gift to anyone who enters our house. He loves other dogs, and especially cats. I was told he would live 8-10 years. He just turned 9 and is perfectly healthy. He recently had a lipoma (fatty) tumor removed and is doing just fine.

    He also had his teeth cleaned which showed a bit of tarter build-up, but the rest of his dental exam was fine. I truly expected to lose him before now, but am counting my blessings that he is still perfectly healthy and happy. This is truly a remarkable mixed-breed and I would recommend one to everyone.

  48. We adopted a Great Pyrenees/Samoyed mix. Lola is about 6 months now and about 60lbs and a gorgeous girl. She has the most lovable disposition!

  49. I have a Great Pyrenees and Greyhound mix. I have been told by 2 different people they now actually have a name for this cross. Something starting with the letter A. I can not find any info online. Can you please tell me what they call this mix? My Lily is now 10 years old. Still very active and acts like a puppy. Less stamina.

    This has been the most amazing dog I have ever owned. Very alert, protective, yet loves to play. She loves to go on horseback trips with us. Loves to paddle boarding, She will ride with me on the board, snowshoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing with me. Loves to play with me, kids, grandkids. Keeps horses on their side of the fence with barking threats. Indoor out dog. I just can’t say enough good things about this mix. I am just in love.

    1. Hey Susi! Can’t say I’ve seen or heard of a new name for this unique cross. We will do some research though, and make sure to include it in our breed compilation! Thanks for stopping by to comment!

  50. Janice De Los Santos

    I just adopted a rescue dog that is 50% Great Pyrenees, 25% American Bull Dog and 25% Staffordshire Terrier according to the DNA testing the rescue agency did. She is very protective of me and will come between me and anyone else and bark and growl.

    I have tried several different things like introducing new people to her, getting between her and my son, grandson, and husband. Even hugging my family members in front of her. Is there any other thing I can try with her? I love her and would never get rid of her. I have had her two full weeks.

    1. Hi Janice! With rescues, it can take time for them to decompress, especially if they come from a household where they may have suffered some prior abuse. You need to give her time to get used to her new surroundings. It can take many dogs at least 1-2 months to start to feel like they are a part of the family.

      I would continue having people around, but let her warm up to them on her own terms. Always supervise when a child is around, as well. If the behavior continues as your dog gets more comfortable, I’d recommend consulting with an in-person trainer locally. Rescue dogs are the best, but they can be a little more work up front to help get them used to their surroundings. Good luck with your new pup!

    2. Janice has this situation gotten any better for you all?
      I have a Pyr Pit mix, he is a big boy, but he is a mush. He weighs 120lbs and does intimidate most people that come to the house. I found that what works best for us is for me to introduce him on a leash. I tie the leash around my waist and walk him in the room after I have alreay let everyone in the house. I don’t hold the leash or put any tension on it. But if he gets a little too excited or if I just don’t like his body language…I’ll turn away and call him to come with me and then let him come back around again, once he has calmed down. It takes a bit of work and time, but it has worked for me/us.

  51. Elizabeth Moore

    We have just been blessed with a Great Pyrenees pup. She is beautiful and very sweet. So far she loves cats and all animals. She came from a farm, with ducks, geese, cats and goats. Her name is Bita.

    1. Sounds like you lucked out with a great dog, Elizabeth! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and share your experience with our readers!

  52. I have a 10-month-old Great Pyrenees. She is 120 lbs as of 2 weeks ago. I was told Lacey is a purebred but she has 1 ear that stands up, both stand up when she’s on alert or playing. She has thick fur medium length and a tail that curls up. she’s mostly white with tan on the tip of her ears and very little on her back.

    She is a crazy one for sure, lol. She is currently being trained as my service dog and has been in training since 8 weeks old. She’s very smart, very active, and definitely has a mind of her own, haha! I love her so much even though she’s so stubborn!

    1. Hi Shawnee! Sounds like a great dog! These pups as purebreds can get quite large, so it sounds like yours is on the right track. Good luck and thanks for sharing!

  53. We rescued our Derby Girl from Alabama, she was abandoned tied to a tree in the woods at 3 months old. Lucky for us someone found her and we were blessed to be picked as her forever home. Derby is a Pyrenees/Aussie cattle dog mix. She has more Pyrenees genes, just slightly smaller with mostly reddish-blond fur, mostly white legs, and a white mane.

    Obviously, one parent was a red heeler and she will nip your heels if u don’t let her out quick enough. She is very laid back a sweet girlfriend to all, who is the mayor of the neighborhood. We adore her.

  54. We have 7 Pyrenees Anatolian livestock guardians and we breed them because both breeds are really good livestock guardians and we’ve found that this combination works well for us as well as other goat/sheep and poultry/fowl farmers and 3 out of 135 have gone as pets.

    Our females also all work together when they have a litter of future guardians born here. I will never NOT have one.

    1. That’s amazing Sarah! Thanks for stopping by to comment and share about your pups! They sound awesome!

  55. I have a Great Pyrenees border collie mix I adopted 7 years ago. I knew he was part Great Pyr because he has double dewclaws, and acts like a Pyr. He had black spots like a Border Collie. He’s a wonderfully sweet dog that likes other dogs and cats. His energy level is moderate to mild. Always up for a hike, Jimbo could care less about balls. He’s a great dog.

  56. I have a Great Pyrenees/ Boxer mix. She has all the Pyrenees characteristics with the exception of being short hair like a Boxer. She is hands down the best dog I have ever had! She is incredibly smart, loving, protecting and just a plain ole good dog. She turned one yesterday 2/14/21. I highly recommend a Great Pyrenees mix.

  57. I have a lovely Great Pyrenees and Sheltie mix. She is a big girl, and a big fluffy cuddle buddy. She was born here at home with me and I could not bear to let her go. Her mama is a Blue Merle Sheltie that got out before we got her spayed!

    1. Sounds like an amazing dog Carol! Also sounds like a very unique mix! Thank you for stopping by to comment and share your story about your pup!

  58. I love the Great Pyrenees. They are so gentle and loving. I’m truly thinking about either purchasing one or one through adoption. Where can one purchase or adopt these great dogs?

    1. Hi Gretchen! I would recommend checking breeder groups online. You can also search social media platforms for different rescue dogs if you are looking for a mixed breed. Good luck in your search!

  59. We are blessed with a very unique boy. Dexter is a rescue. He has been a part of our family since April 2012. He is a mix of Great Pyrenees and Basset Hound! He is a Great Pyrenees in every way except his legs and feet. We love him and he loves us.

  60. I have a rescue dog that is part Great Pyrenees and I think Collie? She is a beauty and is 11 years old now. Does not have a cookie face, black around her eyes, and around her ears along the edge. Her tail curls over and has a black fur area about in the middle of the tail.

    Got her through a rescue called Heaven can Wait, at 8 months. She had been captured down around Texas 1st time (4 weeks old) 2nd time was in Colorado and was 8 weeks. She is my love so glad I found her.

    1. Sounds like a wonderful dog Patricia! So glad you found your canine companion! 11 years is a very long and healthy life, so you’ve obviously taken care of her. Thanks for commenting!

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