The weather was beautiful for a lot of the weekend, so we spent a lot of time outside with the pups. Being outside in nice weather, you run into a lot of people.
I’m always amazed at the people that ask me what breed Mauja and Atka are and then tell me how to care for them. You didn’t know the breed, but you know what’s best for them?
You should probably avoid making these comments to Great Pyrenees owners.
You Should Get Them Shaved
This one normally comes with a nice tone to it. Like, how could you possibly let your dog suffer
I’m still usually given some sort of grief about not shaving my dogs from someone that doesn’t even know what a double coated breed is.
Your dog isn’t listening. Obviously, you aren’t alpha.
Another topic I could talk about for hours as the “alpha theory” has no true basis in science. Once again, do you know anything about pyrs? She’s sitting next to me quietly, but she didn’t “shake” when you asked
You really should have had the dewclaws removed as a puppy.
In some breeds, this is true. For the Great Pyrenees, the double dew claws are essential. It would be basically like cutting off your thumb. Their double dews are attached by a bone and serve a purpose. It is very rare for a pyr to snag their dews.
Related: Double Dew Claws
You shouldn’t tolerate your dogs barking.
Pyrs are livestock guardians. By barking, they are simply alerting us of any potential threats. They’re doing their job! Why would I get mad at my dogs for doing what they were bred to do
You need acres of land for such a big dog.
This is such a misconception about giant breeds! Most of them can make amazing apartment dogs. In the house, they are typically couch potatoes
I’d never own a dog that big. Too expensive.
Yes, giant breeds cost more, but more dog to love and be loved by! Plus, I’d rather have a 100+ pound dog protecting me than a 5-pound snack 😉 (Usually followed by…)
Related: Why Are Giant Breeds More Expensive?
Well, your food bill must be astronomical.
Meh, not really. Pyrs have a slow metabolism so they don’t eat more than your average medium-sized dog. On a good day, Mauja eats about 2-3 cups of food and she is a nice, healthy weight.
Now, don’t take this post the wrong way. I LOVE when people ask me questions about my pyrs. I have so much fun educating people about Great Pyrenees because I am so passionate about them
Has this ever happened to you? What other comments have you heard?