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Pyrenean Sheepdog (Long Haired)




The sequence follows FCI breed standard.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD

: February 2014

CLASSIFICATION

: Pastoral

GENERAL APPEARANCE

: Energetic, small sheepdog. Medium to long coated with windswept appearance. Alert and lean with racy outline. Body slightly longer than height at withers.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

: Highly intelligent, strong herding instinct. Tremendous energy and stamina for size.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

: Alert, lively, mischievous and inquiring, but may be wary of strangers. Neither nervous nor aggressive.

HEAD

: Head almost triangular when viewed from above. Ratio of muzzle length to skull length 2:3. Length of skull equal to its widest point, almost flat on top with a slight central furrow and occiput very slightly pronounced. Side of skull slightly rounded, muzzle tapering evenly to nose. Foreface and skull almost parallel with minimal stop. Nose black with open nostrils. Lips and roof of mouth darkly pigmented.

FACIAL REGION

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Muzzle

: Strong teeth, scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Eyes

: Expressive, almond to oval in shape, wide open, not bulging or sunken. Dark brown, but one or both may be blue or flecked blue in merle coloured dogs. Eye rims black. Eyes never obscured by coat.

Ears

: Fairly short, triangular, fine and moderately wide at the base. Placed on top of head but neither too close nor wide apart. Bottom part of the ear erect and mobile with top ideally hanging forward or to the side when alert but laid back in repose.

NECK

: Rather long, muscular, and set well into shoulder.

BODY

: Lean, strong and muscular without heaviness. Ribs slightly rounded and extending well back. Brisket reaching to elbow. Length of foreleg greater than depth of body. Loin short, strong and slightly arched.

TAIL

: Lean, rather flat, oval shape. Dark pads and nails, well furred between pads.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

: Forelegs lean, sinewy and straight when seen from front with single dewclaws. From side, pasterns slope gently and are flexible. Shoulders fairly long and well angulated with upper arm well laid back. Withers prominent.

FEET

: Lean, rather flat, oval shape. Dark pads and nails, well furred between pads.

HINDQUARTERS

: Croup short and sloping to fairly low set tail. Thigh strong and well muscled, second thigh well developed and long with well angulated stifle. Hocks low set. May sometimes stand close behind. Single or double dewclaws are acceptable as is their absence.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

: Walks with fairly short strides, trots freely with vigour. Smooth gait, feet never raised very high. At a gentle trot, the head is carried fairly high; when speed increases, the head is carried in line with the back. Good angulation ensures effortless gait.

COAT

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HAIR

: Long or semi long. Fairly harsh, dense almost flat or slightly wavy, denser and more woolly on rump and thighs. In some dogs the mixture of coarse and woolly hair can produce cords or felted mats. Hair on muzzle short, longer on face and cheeks, where it grows away from the nose and eyes. Semi long coats have shorter hair with fringing on forelegs and short hair below the hocks.

COLOUR

: Various shades of fawn may be overlaid with black. There may be a little white on the chest and feet. Light to dark grey, often with white on the head, chest and legs. Blue merle, brindle, black or black and white. Solid colours are preferred. Large areas of white, predominance of white or black and tan undesirable.

SIZE

: Height: Dogs 42 – 48 cms (16.5 – 19 ins); Bitches: 40 – 46 cms (16 – 18 ins). A tolerance of + or – 2cms allowed.

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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.