Great Pyrenees 3rd Quietist Dogs

Great Pyrenees
No. 3: Great Pyrenees

From Vetstreet: Like the first two breeds on this list, the Great Pyrenees is a large dog with an equally big heart. When properly trained, he’s calm, gentle and protective, but you’ll have to do your homework in order to get this strong-willed dog to that point.


This wasn’t a huge surprise but was still interesting to see. I suspect it comes from their breeding as lone guardians of livestock. A Pyre’s job is not to raise alarm, as an urban watchdog would do. It’s to hang around the flock/herd, being calm so as not to spook them, and if a threat like a wolf appeared to kill it, like the Secret Service taking down a threat. Nowhere in that job description does making a lot of noise appear.

Klondike, for his part, continues to get more vocal. I think we are up to maybe ones sound a day on average, not counting loud exhalations when laying down to sleep. I’ve been trying to record his sounds and one day may put up a soundboard. In the meantime, I present: Klon’s Biggest Hits

  • A howl, sometimes two, when Mieko goes out. He doesn’t seem nearly a perturbed when I go out, though he will often guard the front door until I come back
  • A Scooby Doo like noise of anticipation when waiting to be fed or go out on a walk (though we’ve heard a little less of this recently)
  • A bark or bark plus growl. I think we hear this once a week. Today it was directed at a rude and slightly aggressive Husky at the dog park. We’ve also heard it aimed at overbold cats who come in Klon’s yard.

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