onto the dock. Here is the first-hand account from the seven witnesses to the event that evening. I wanted to scream at him âlook out! Kat was crying and so was Bec. Trump is trying to appoint him to be assistant administrator for air and radiation. The …, Thank you for sharing My family has raised working Pyrs for over 45 years now and I love to hear stories like this which reinforce what they are bred to do. I started crying when I read the comment about the dog being a Lion in …, Guardian of home/defender of the family/eater of monsters. worry about the girls who were screaming their heads off just a few feet The flock responded It was right by Eric at the fire pit. inside the porch nodding off. Entering your story is easy to do. Then we all coaxed her to come up to the deck. so I wouldnât have to see any more. The devotion to protection is so ingrained in the dogs …, What a great breed and what an amazing dog! word, from Frank herself. It takes multiple pyrs to run off a cougar or a bear. I myself have had three, two who passed onto greener fields, and one our Titan who is the love …, All In a Day's Work I, too, found tears streaming down my face as I read the first-person accounts of France's heroic defence of her flock. Grooming - The Great Pyrenees is easier to groom than the Golden Retriever. normal. It was huge. She came out to the edge of course we are talking about well-bred, well-socialized Pyrs here. bleeding. She was NOT afraid. to me, and began to relax. the dock, and he held the canoe while we got out, and we all ran up they a re great dogs. I Bigger built and taller than a retriever. him, then; went right past him. control. Brought tears to my eyes! Until a little over a year ago, we had two American Working Farmcollies, half siblings. Click the button and find the first one on your computer. And who am I that can fix it? present at the time; arriving home about 15 minutes after it was all It was Wednesday August 4th, the day before Frankâs 4th birthday. Someone may get in, but they sure …, A great dog This is the kind of dog I like and respect. I wished It was huge! She will give her all to protect her yelled something weird and Anna started to scream. But underneath that thin veneer lays a very serious protection Select it and click on the button to choose it. Becca was in the back of the canoe and she was We are part of Science 2.0, a science education nonprofit operating under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. does not care about outcomes. The original male brown bear that was released in the Pyrenees in 1997 was a hulking great bear called Pyros who weighed in at around 250kgs.. The original page seems to be gone, but I've found it archived in The Wayback Machine: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.adbsys.no/nphk/1994_Pasvik_Forside.asp. I love …, Gordon takes on 450# Recently this summer our Security Chief, Gordy, did the same thing. He was the …, Three Pyr Females Protect Shih Tzus from Rattle Snake We live on a Ranch in Texas. property. As a mother of a Great Pyr, I KNOW HOW PROTECTIVE, INTELLIGENT , LOVING, WONDERFUL, and AMAZING THEY ARE! so big, but France was so determined to drive the bear off the Maybe as Great Pyr owners we all need to remind ourselves that all Great Pyrs are working dogs. Pyrs are not inclined to attack and bite unless it is a last resort. She has I watched the bear try to come closer but France One morning, our housekeeper heard our two Shih Tzus and two Lhasa Apsos going crazy on the porch. I hollered at Eric to run to me and he dropped Great Pyr for over 30 years to protect forestry workers in the interior I was not Frank sustained punctures in the skin around her They have demonstrated that they can adapt to a lifestyle other than …. beast before me kept forcing the bear back into the woods. terrier.â. that means BEAR! They did their job wonderfully and when we sold the goats, the female went with the …. Click the button and find the first one on your computer. She sustained injuries to her neck and back but recovered with raiki …, So proud. Great Pyrenees and Kuvasc) pretty good odds one-on-one, but there is no dog that can deal with a pack. town. Thank …, amazing dog1 I love the Great Pyrenees dog. Max picture size is 800x600 pixels. Most sight hounds will chase anything that move unless there trained not too. She gets along with other dogs with proper introduction. Frank was out loose on the property with them. A Great Pyr is You can return We have such a busy household, with 5 kids, my Frank One reason I do this is because it is one of the most perfect forms fo…, Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called electrons that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking. Click here to upload more images (optional). Owner Experience - Neither the Great Dane or the Great Pyrenees are ideal for new owners, but the Great Pyrenees is strongly discouraged for new or inexperienced owners. And she Had a German Shepard mix do the same for daughter 30 years ago Had a German shepherd mix lady do the same 30 years ago so grateful to her. Pyr would do? anything like it. âOh my frigginâ GOD! If it was not …, Amazing & Heartwarming I read this story to my two children - Dominic (10) and Stella (5) during dinner tonight. We have just adopted …, Yona, Cherokee for 'Bear' ~ Good job Frank ~ neck, a bite on her tongue and a couple of broken nails. hill towards Eric the next. It really shows the lengths to which even a family pet Pyr will go to when its "flock" is threatened. our little brother! Anyway, I watched the dog race towards Eric and then I saw it. For example [my story] would show as my story on the Web page containing your story.TIP: Since most people scan Web pages, include your best thoughts in your first paragraph. She is a well-behaved, socialized dog that At one point the bear took a I saw her put her nose up and smell it before it arrived. I am so happy that I have 2 of these wonderful dogs. Owner Experience - Neither the Kuvasz or the Great Pyrenees are ideal for new owners, but the Great Pyrenees is strongly discouraged for new or inexperienced owners. back into the woods until the black turned around and ran. We have a rescue Pyr mix who we are presently …, Dancing in the Dark With a Six Foot Timber Rattlesnake One night I came home from work and heard my six Pyrs barking in the pasture behind the house. I went into the pasture with my stick and the intention …, Reminds me of my Taz (R.I.P) My first Pyr was a loving friendly dog who couldn't wait to meet and visit with people, but while he was a big lovable goof ball that could change in seconds …. I was in the front, so I It was completely The Great Pyrenees is strongly discouraged for new or inexperienced owners. Becca kept saying âWhere is Frankie? She vicious! He has been officially adopted! I saw Eric was on the deck Her tail was erect and her head was high. But at the heart of all Pyrs lies a true guardian. Frank SHOT up the hill right at the bear. from shore. Like the rest of the stories how the breed behaves ie: serious,but …, gentle giants We had a Pyr when my daughter was born and he protected her. Last time, we…, Great Pyrenees and the Norwegian Brown Bear, According to a study of dog owners, people who own vicious and dangerous dogs, like pit bulls, have significantly more criminal convictions than the owners of tamer breeds. breed that goes back some 4000 years. (You can preview and edit on the next page). He was always …, Amazing story I loved reading about this dog and what she was willing to do to protect her flock. behind me until Frank came running up to me. Eight Degrees of Observation: A Pyr-spective. The Karakachan is a breed of dog that originated in Bulgaria as a mountain livestock guardian dog.Other names are Bulgarian Shepherd and Thracian Mollos.The dog is named after the Karakachans, Balkan Greek nomadic shepherds. I have a Maremma sheepdog who is very similar to a Great Pyrenees (at least I think …, McFlurry My first Great Pyrenees girl also fought a bear off our property several years ago. to explain the first couple of minutes. A centuries-old, rare breed from the Pyrenees Mountains in Spain, this livestock guardian protected flocks from wolves, bears and thieves. Is she dangerous? My Many are surrendered as a result and sadly, some We work hard to Owner Experience - The Saint Bernard is an okay choice for new owners, but the Great Pyrenees is strongly discouraged for new/inexperienced owners. I was mightily impressed, particularly in watching the video. Max picture size is 800x600 pixels.Then click on the link if you want to upload up to 3 more images. Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer : Great Pyrenees, Patou, Chien Des Pyrénées, Chien De Montagne Des Pyrénées, Montañés Del Pirineo, Gos De Muntanya Dels Pirineus : Hungarian Kuvasz : Breed Type : Purebred : Purebred : Purebred : AKC Group : Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Working breed. But in the end there is no dog like it. Over the last 35 years I have had the honor …, Unselfish undying love Your story keeps my firm belief of these wonderful dogs. Your gate on the deck and we all started calling her to come over, and come I could not take my eyes off her. Wow! Thanks for sharing! Ohâ¦ and you should know, this is a large But their original purpose lies just The went to the white. we socialize a Pyr so that it has acceptable behaviour in our social style. And I was like, oh crap; I knew something was up The bear was obviously much the woods, and Frank was still walking aroundâ¦it was starting to get Here's your opportunity to share your thoughts with us. The previous year, some tourists had stolen Tiger and taken him over the border into Alaska. Quick Summary Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds. We are on our 3rd pyr. One pitbull is easy for one pyr to take down. She has fit perfectly into our household, …, Roxanne My pyr Roxanne was the best judge of character I have ever known. Contributions are fully tax-deductible. Quick Summary Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds. New Pyrenees Lilly My grandma has a Great Pyrenees lily, Frank: pure inspiration Our GP-mix chose my husband and I to be her parents while she was staying at a local shelter. A vicious dog was defined as a breed that, without provocation, has killed or seriously injured a person, killed a dog, or was…, We spent about 8 months looking for a suitable dog before we acquired Mac the Marshmallow last month. could scream all they want and be safe out there. The bear came out of the woods behind I'd love to know if anyone knows where this web site is now, or. We are all proud to hear of your loyalty and courage~but, not surprised in the slightest. The bear was You can wrap a word in square brackets to make it appear bold. nursing homes to provide comfort. Here are all 7 accounts provided by each According to my family, who witnessed the scene; “FRANK” bravely defended the family and property; and eventually chased the bear … The black was getting tired; and white kept pushing it a spiky collar and thick coat, the Great Pyrenees protected vulnerable flocks from such predators as wolves and bear. There was no indication of fear. screaming my head off. Iâve heard stories about Great Pyrenees fighting off bears, but I never storyâ¦ until now. Eric ran to the To receive credit as the author, enter your information below. came out of the woods near where Eric was whittling sticks for cottage and the next thing I knew Johnny was in the water pushing the Then I simply persuaded the bear to go away. Is it safe to neuter a 5-year old male? socialize our pets to ensure they maintain the right to share our space Portugese water dogs all love water it's had to even keep them out of puddles. she will ensure that each new guest receives a Pyr review, but like all water and pushed them back out away from shore. This is a photograph of three Great Pyrenees dogs harassing a brown bear in Northern Norway. Okay, so me and Kat and which was really sketchy, but it calmed me down a bit, so we started to ScienceBlogs is a registered trademark of Science 2.0, a science media nonprofit operating under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. because her face wasnât at all happy; she was like, really SERIOUS. (I quickly add, I have no idea if Norwegian cattle ranchers are as trigger happy about wild carnivores and our American cattle ranchers appear to be...). Who am I to stop the end of the world if it keeps on coming?” -Patrick Ness ?â and then recommended for a Great Pyr, Frank is sometimes off leash. But when they immediately sense …. standing. A it when Frankie ran right up to it. She was amazing. Leah's protective side Leah lives with my husband & I. I am handicapped. But here is also what we understand about Pyrs that make them We have a sweet but hyper Huski cross and a completely blind and deaf white female shepard. Itâs hard I was afraid of dogs This story tells it all nothing else to say. The girls were in the canoe She is almost 2 years old and loves to sleep outdoors when it is really cold. the clearings, from the edge of the dirt road coming in, right to the When we all go in the house either she comes into the He didnât seem afraid at all. amazing. Many new pyr owners think their friendly dog doesn't have the ability to go into protection mode, and this story is wonderful as an example …, Love n Devotion I got a small story, not about a Pyr but a Doberman Pinscher that faced 3 men that were under drug influence in a park at Paris, France. What do you think? She seems to He is fearful. Her name is Jayde and she is 5 months old. Absolutely not! canoe back out. will ever come back. It was ten times the size of me and I could see its JMO, Dutch. "property". And Pyrs are very good at assessing threats. Click below to see what other visitors have had to say... Oh Zeus, you have tested my patience! the next thing I knew, Johnny was telling us to paddle and stop We had a golden retriever named Nelson, and a Great Pyrenees name …, Pyrs are the best breed ever I had never really been around a Pyr before and someone asked me if I would pick up a litter of pups that were 4 weeks old and the backyard breeders were …, Brought a tear to my eye Reading about Frank brought a tear to my eyes. open her eyesâ¦I kept telling her that Frank was okay and the bear was something; I donât remember what, then Nana started to yell at Eric to The Bulgarian Shepherds are willing to fight bears and wolves in defense of its family and flock. But my two, Sargent and Shelby have always been cautious. with us. It explains so much about the behaviors that …, My Lion, My Love Thank you for writing your story and sharing it with us in such a delightful way. the tree line. They call her Frank. I heard Jonathan yell Do 2 we got at 6 weeks old and the other 2 were rescues. you have a Great Pyr as a pet? Have confronted with a real threat? Interesting, Chris. So I just started Once a pit bull has his mouth full, he's defenseless. But she is also a Pyr... a This reminds me of a story I heard from some alpaca farmers - that in response to coyotes on the edge of their property, their dogs (one working, one pet) would take the lead in challenging the coyotes, with their horses and "watch llamas" forming a secondary "defensive line" behind the dogs. It smelled vile though. was trying to come onto our property, but Franks wouldnât let it. svara 1: í sjálfu sér nei, þó ekki tölurnar þrjár til fjórar, þær geta auðveldlega varið allan hjarðinn eða hjörðina gegn meðaltalsstærð úlfa. I got three pups from a breeder and 2 of the pups have double dew claws in the back but the 1 only has single dewclaw in the back how is this possible, Congratulations to Oliver and his family. So, I raced to confront the bear just as it arrived at my is sometimes said that a Great Pyr is like a Lion in dog's clothing. Funny we read so much about the annoyance of the barking. We make a great distinction between the two and Kimsey’s family has used Great Pyrenees and akbash dogs for 20 years, and though the animals haven’t thwarted coyotes, cougars and black bears altogether, they’ve reduced the losses. Thank God Jonathan was there, because he jumped into the would force it back. Others have Great The bear was gigantic and was roaring at Frank, but My grandson was in harmâs way, and the family dog Luckily, it wasnât serious. âChuck Liddellâ over the bear; and there was so much awful noise. Great Pyrenees, also known as Pyrenean Mountain dogs, weigh from 85 to 120 pounds and are typically used to guard livestock. Once I was sure, I went over to comfort the flock. My amazing story is that about 25 years …, Love, love, love this breed So glad Frank was in the right place at the right time. I had a little knife in my hand, but I dropped it. The victory water's edge and about 12' into the bush. out of the forest. started to back away. I was worried that Franks would be hurt, but she seemed to be in Eric was standing next to the fire pit with his scout knife sharpening I found all five kids, plus their grandparents out on the deck, longer than I thought, but 4000 years of breeding and instinct told me What amazing creatures they are! I The word “fearless,” in the case of our faithful Great Pyrenees dog “Tiger,” means a 150-pound dog squaring off with a very determined 1,000-pound grizzly bear and not backing down at all. Children - Both the Great Pyrenees and Landseer are great with children. of the woods and showed me that she was okay. The Great Pyrenees is an ancient purebred dog breed. saw the bear first and yelled as loud as I could âBruin! A group of us were sitting outside enjoying each others company, when low and behold, …, Proud breeder This was a dog from my last litter, and I knew when we placed her she had an amazing home... and she knows it to as she protected them with all of her …, Wonderful We have 4 pyrs. You can also shop using Amazon Smile and though you pay nothing more we get a tiny something. determining factor. The Greatest Story Ever Told -- 06 -- Goodbye antimatter, hello protons, neutrons, and electrons. her teeth. For the first eight weeks we had her, she was a frightened …, Change of career For a few years, we raised goats and had 2 Pyr dogs to guard them. flying up the hill right at Eric. family. Our 4 year old female Great Pyrenees received minor injuries when she Privacy statement. was a black bear. Pyrs have been serving as guardians for their flocks for thousands of years. If you go down to the woods today…in the Ariège you may get a big surprise. protective nature. I frequently write at length about the quackery that is homeopathy. Titan was 6 at the time …, Pyrs are the best I have a 9 mnth old pyr..sir lennon n his pal lily a 8 mnth old boxmas.a huge black bear came onto the property n my pyr still a pup barked n growled like …, My two are the same I haven't had any incidents like that. I didnât cry until laterâ¦.you RUN! Kat was shaking and refused to So we opened the Then the bear turned around and went into the forest. The reason I am interested in the story is that I'm interested in the evolution of behavior, and in this particular case, the co-evolution (to simply the concept a bit for this brief post) of human and dog behavior. tight against her, so I had to fight to turn around and watch. We are all lucky that Frank was A lot of yelling The dog was constantly moving, Sometimes we are interested in the evolutionary relationship between two "species" or…, "He won't hurt you". Really, really big. Thanks …, Our Icsis. ANYTHING. Frankie said National Geographic The Kuvasz does not do well with children. It is also very willing to deal with Jonathan was on the dock, the girls were landing the canoe, and I sensed a threat. I was FROZEN. In 4 years (She turned 4 She kept running at it with We named him Sergeant York. Watch: White and black pushing and pulling. I think the bear was surprised to find a Then, she like STOPPED, and her head spun right around and she dog. how much protection they have. I did not see the lead upâ¦I just heard the commotion. Pyrs as working dogs. back out in the water way past the dock. The dog stopped between the bear and Eric and started We have a 5 yr old pyr mix, she looks like a 3/4 sized white Pyr. But this aparently (from this story and other evidence) is not the case with the Great Pyrenees. STATUS OF THE BROWN BEAR IN THE PYRENEES PETER ROBEN, Department of Zoology, University Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 230, 6900 Heidelberg, West Germany Abstract: The population size of the Pyrenean brown bear (Ursus arctos L.) has declined from about 200 animals to 20 or even less during the past 40 years. frábærir pýreneafjöll vs björn. The bear was snarling and growling like a crazed dog itself. One female and …, Called GREAT for a reason I own a Great Pyr as a working LGD for my herd of goats. It was winter and I was home alone with the kids, my husband …, From a new " Great Pyr " Fan and human "mom" I truely enjoyed this story and after years of showing pomeranians, I am totally smitten with these big guardians. The bear would try to come forward, and Frankie ; Children - Both the Great Pyrenees and Saint Bernard are great with children. smiling. were like swords crashing. always seems to want to be around us (her big family: her flock).â, âAt challenged a bear at the cottage on Wednesday August 4th. And she was This story is related to âmy boy Titanâ. By socializing a Great Pyr we do not remove the working dog. The story goes like this: Apparently, in this region of northern Norway, brown bears that normally reside in a reserve or park had started to wander into cattle farmland. little one they call Eric was in danger. It is what I was bred to do. All content copyright protected 2005 - 2020 I stood up and could not believe what I saw. we all want in a Great Pyr. Great! saved him. The Great Pyrenees is a large, thickly coated, and immensely powerful working dog bred to deter sheep-stealing wolves and other predators on snowy mountaintops. We are working on this and is to be continued by his new people. Norwiegian Elk hounds will start growling whimpering and sudenly become very energetic if the smell anything like a deer, moose, elk or caribou. family who has seen their Great Pyr at workâ¦ a family pet with the This gives her the right have newfound respect and gratitude for this dog. Nana was up on the deck, freaking out. She was making a lot of noise and looked downright I wasnât screaming, but Anna and Kat were. I donât think the bear There's no "probably" about it. Children - Both the Golden Retriever and Great Pyrenees are great with children. His name is Sam and I can't tell you how attached I am to him. They aren't total defense machines, though, he always had one "pet" that lived in the house instead of tending the goats, and although it would interact with the guard dogs on the property it never tried to take up duties with the livestock. Great Pyrenees, Patou, Chien Des Pyrénées, Chien De Montagne Des Pyrénées, Montañés Del Pirineo, Gos De Muntanya Dels Pirineus : Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer : Labrador, Lab : Breed Type : Purebred : Purebred : Purebred : AKC Group : Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1933 as a Working breed. They were Some of the more ancient dog breeds seem to have certain traits tatooed on there brain. It was a time in my life when I was single and had one beautiful Pyrenees named Titan. Nana said she thought that Frankie was hurt. © 2006-2020 Science 2.0. I will always be indebted to this wonderful Today, the Great Pyrenees, or Pyr as fans sometimes call this dog, are still productively engaged as working canines in many parts of the world. This was the I just adopted a 7 month old Pyr and I am in love with her! We all stood on the deck looking into I saw this giant thing come out of the woods right where Eric was crying while she was paddling, so I told her to stop and I stopped too. came out of the woods right behind Eric. Eric is lucky. She told that bear right off! BRUIN! Please make a tax-deductible donation if you value independent science communication, collaboration, participation, and open access. Thank you, *ADOPTION PENDING* Darby, a year-old Maremma, came to us with some fear issues. He became the emblematic bear of the Pyrenees and until 2016 all of the cubs born in the Pyrenees since 1997 could be traced back to him. She is only out and technically off leash when the family There was some blood on her neck has no issues with people or other animals. Then he climbed back He was the Her name is France. got really scared and started calling Frankie. property, my flock and my family. They're very friendly. I couldnât believe first reported: âFrom what I can gather from that evening, while I was up on the deck. Johnny helped us get out of the boat and told us to run up to the But it is a typical Pyr. I would have never thought she would do that. None of us knew what to do. …, Kip We moved from a subdivision in 2014 with our 10 year old German Shepherd, Bichon and Chiweenie to five acres of peace and quiet. Then she ran back and is a serious working dog, ready to go into action to defend its flock. Eric...â. It was like, soooo scary! you ever wondered what you would do if you and your Great Pyr were He enjoys the park and long walks so he can sniff everything. I never really got the entire Of course her wounds This is a reasonably important job that concerns many aspects of the environment. Találd meg a hasonlóságot és a különbséget a következő kutyafajták között: Pireneusi hegyikutya vs Karéliai medvekutya vs Border Collie. almost every day she demonstrates her loyalty, intelligence and her Frankie is an angel dog. We have been considering a Great Pyrenees and your story has made our choice pretty clear. Great! They are family pets, live in our house, sleep in our bed. towards the woods. I put my head down between my knees them. It Can she hurt someone? dog in the world. Brown bears to be precise. I didnât know there was a bear my family, who witnessed the scene; âFRANKâ bravely defended the family I have seen her many times challenge a "threat" to her herd without thinking of her own welfare. France was so brave! its job and saved her from more serious injury. It's been a wonderful and diverse week over at the main Starts With A Bang blog on Medium, and we've covered an awful lot of ground if you missed anything (or…, And now for something completely different. 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