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Pyrenean Mastiff

Pyrenean Mastiff
Other names Mastín del Pirineo

The Pyrenean Mastiff (Mastín del Pirineo) is a large breed of dog originally from the Aragon Pyrenees in Spain.



The Pyrenean Mastiff is a very large dog, males 77cm (30in) and females 71cm (28in) at the withers, although they can be up to 81cm (32in). They have a heavy white coat with large darker spots.[1] The average weight is about 180 pounds, although males can often weigh over 220 pounds.


Descended from an ancient livestock guardian dog type, the Pyrenean Mastiff has been documented since 1977 as a modern purebred breed by the Club del Mastín del Pirineo de España in Spain.[2] The breed is now being taken from its native region and promoted as a pet in other countries like USA by the Pyrenean Mastiff Club of America [3] It was recognised by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in 1982.


The Pyrenean Mastiff is calm and friendly in temperament, gentle with other dogs and people he knows. He is a natural guard dog with a massive build and loud low bark, as well as a natural protective attitude toward the people, property, and animals in his care. [4]


  1. ^ Breed Standard (in English)
  2. ^ Club del Mastín del Pirineo de España (in Spanish)
  3. ^ PMCA Pyrenean Mastiff Club of America
  4. ^ Grandjean, Dominique DVM. The Royal Canin Dog Encyclopedia. Paris, France: Aniwa Publishing, 2000


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