(Chien de berger des Pyrénées à face rase).

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(Chien de berger des Pyrénées à face rase).


FCI-Standard N° 138   / 15. 04. 2005 /GB


TRANSLATION : Mrs. Pamela Jeans-Brown revised by Alain Pécoult and Raymond Triquet.

ORIGIN : France.



CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :            Group                 1          Sheep and cattle dogs (excluding mountain dogs and Swiss cattle-dogs).
                                               Section  1  Sheepdogs.
                                               With working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : This variety of Pyrenean Sheepdog was principally found in the Pyrenean foot-hills where it was “much appreciated by horse-dealers and cattle-drovers” according to Bernard SÉNAC-LAGRANGE (1927 club’s yearbook) . Its distinctive features compared with those of other types of Pyrenean Sheepdogs gained it an appendix in the breed standard from the 1920s.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Overall, the smooth-faced Pyrenean Sheepdog has the same characteristics as the long-coated Pyrenean Sheepdog.


  • The skull is approximately as wide as long.
  • The muzzle is slightly shorter than the skull, but longer than that of the long or semi-long coated varieties.
  • The length of the body is almost equals its height.
  • The distance from the elbow to the ground is greater than half the height at the withers.


BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Lively, biddable dog, sometimes wary of strangers.


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HEAD :  Furnished with short fine hair (hence the name “smooth-faced”). The muzzle is a little longer than that of the semi-long coated Pyrenean Sheepdogs.

BODY : A little shorter than that of the long-coated Pyrenean Sheepdog, it is a more square-shaped body.

LIMBS : Covered in smooth hair with a light fringe of hair on the front legs and breeches  on the hind legs.  The foot is both  tighter and more arched than that of the long-coated sheepdog.
Angulations are more open in this variety.

GAIT / MOVEMENT  :  On the move, the smooth-faced Pyrenean Sheepdog has a shorter stride than the long-coated variety.

COAT : On the body the hair is semi-long or less than semi-long.  It reaches its longest length on the neck and withers (6-7 cm) and on the median line of the back (4-5 cm).

Height at withers :  Males        40-54 cm.
                             Females    40-52 cm.


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.

The faults and eliminating faults are the same as those indicated for the long-coated variety, except for those describing coat and proportions.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

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


FCI-Standard N° 141 /  09. 11. 2006 /GB



(Chien de berger des Pyrénées à poil long)



TRANSLATION :  Mrs Pamela Jeans-Brown revised by Alain Pécoult and Raymond Triquet.

ORIGIN : France.


UTILIZATION : Sheepdog used in the farms and pastures of the Pyrenees.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :    Group     1          Sheep and cattle-dogs
                                                              (excluding mountain dogs
                                                              and Swiss cattle-dogs).
                                             Section      1   Sheepdogs.
                      With working trial.


BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : Coming from humble beginnings, it was practically unknown to the official dog scene until the early 20th century.  Its type varies considerably from one valley to the next, its shape, its coat can be very different, but its character and behaviour never vary.  The first standard was drawn up between 1921 and 1925 and has hardly been amended since.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Dog displaying a maximum of nervous energy in a minimum of size and weight.  An ever alert physiognomy, a knowing air combined with great liveliness of movement give this dog a characteristic appearance unlike any other.


  • Skull is about as long as wide.
  • Muzzle is shorter than skull in 1/3 to 2/3 ratio.
  • Length of body is greater than height at  withers.
  • Distance from elbow to ground is greater than half height at withers.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT :  It is a courageous, resourceful little dog, showing initiative ant totally devoted to its master. It is headstrong by nature and firm control is usually needed to channel its energy and bring out the best of its intelligence liveliness. It is often wary of strangers.

HEAD : Triangular in shape.

Skull : Moderately developed, almost flat, with a scarcely noticeable central furrow, harmoniously rounded on the sides, showing a very slight occipital protuberance. Approximately as long as it is wide.  Front section slopes gently to the muzzle. 
Stop : Scarcely discernible.

Nose : Black.
Muzzle : Straight, a little shorter than the skull, tapering like a wedge but without a pointed tip.
Lips : Not very thick, covering the lower jaw completely and showing no apparent corners.  Edges and palate are black or heavily marked with black.
Jaws/Teeth : Complete dentition.  Strong canines.  Scissor bite (upper incisors covering lower incisors without loss of contact).  Pincer bite (edge to edge) is tolerated.
Eyes : Expressive, slightly almond-shaped and dark brown.  Neither protruding nor sunken. Wall eyes are accepted in dogs with “harlequin” (blue-merle) or slate grey coats which they are almost always a characteristic.  Eye rims are black whatever the coat colour.
Ears : They must be rather short, moderately broad at the base and not set too close to each other at the top of the skull, but not set too far apart either.
The lower part must be pricked and mobile. Ideally the top third or half of the ear should fall forward to the front or the side, symmetrically for both ears.

NECK : Rather long and muscled, springing well up from shoulders.

BODY : The bone structure is strong without heaviness, muscle is lean.
Topline : Well-supported.
Withers : Prominent.
Back : Rather long and strong.
Loins : Short, slightly arched, but seems more so because coat is often   thicker on hindquarters and croup.
Croup : Fairly short and rather oblique.
Chest : Moderately developed, reaching to elbow.  The ribs are slightly rounded
Flank : Scarcely descending.
TAIL : Well fringed, not very long, set rather low and with a hooked tip. When the dog is alert, the tail should hardly rise above the line of the back. A lot of dogs are docked.  Some have  a rudimentary tail without ever having been docked.


FOREQUARTERS : Upright,  lean, sinewy, well-fringed.
Shoulder : Rather long, moderately oblique.
Upper arm : Oblique and moderately long.
Forearm : Straight.
Carpus (carpal joint) : Noticeable wrist joint.
Metacarpus (pasterns) : Slightly oblique.
Forefeet : Lean, fairly flat, of a definite oval shape. Dark pads. Small hard nails covered by hair which is also found under the foot, between the pads.

HINDQUARTERS :  Rather closed angulation.  Semi-long coated dogs have no fringing on limbs.
Upper thigh : Not very long, moderately oblique, strong, well-defined muscle.
Stifle (knee) : Well-angulated and parallel to the body.
Lower thigh : Rather long and oblique.
Hock : Lean, set low, well angulated, hocks are sometimes a little close.

Metatarsus (Rear pastern) : Perpendicular to the ground or very slightly oblique from back to front.
Hind feet : Lean, fairly flat, of a definite oval shape.  Dark pads.  Small hard nails covered by hair which is also found under the foot, between the pads.
Dewclaws : Single or double dewclaws are acceptable on hind legs as is their absence.

GAIT / MOVEMENT  : Walking, the Pyrenean Sheepdog has a rather short stride. The trot, preferred pace of the Pyrenean Sheepdog should be free and vigorous.  At a gentle trot, the head is carried fairly high, when the speed increases, the head is in line with the back.  The feet are never raised high, the movement is flowing, the dog skims over the ground.

SKIN : Thin, often marbled with dark patches, irrespective of coat-colour.


HAIR : Long, or semi-long, but always dense, almost flat or slightly wavy, thicker and woollier on the croup and thighs, texture somewhere between goat’s hair and sheep’s wool.  In some dogs the mixture of coarse and woolly hair can produce sorts of strands or cords called “cadenettes" and sometimes matted or felted hair called “matelotes” which overlap like tiles on the croup.  “Cadenettes” can be found on the chest and the forelegs at elbow level. The muzzle has shorter, less dense hair.
On  the end of the muzzle, and sometimes along the whole muzzle, it is laid flat and set from front to back. On the sides as well as on the cheeks, the hair is longer and brushed up in a windswept way from front to back.  Eyes must be clearly visible and not covered by hair.

COLOUR : Fawn, lighter or darker, with or without a mixture of black hairs and sometimes with a little white on the chest and on the limbs; grey, lighter or darker, often with some white on the head, chest and limbs; harlequin (blue flecked with black, blue-merle).
There are also brindle, black coats and black with white markings.  Solid colours are preferred.

Height at withers : Males      from 40 cm to 48 cm.
                             Females   from 38 cm to 46 cm.
A tolerance of + 2 cm is allowed for perfectly typed specimens.

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.
General appearance :

  • Heavy dog, lacking liveliness; thick muscle; lacklustre  expression.

Head :

  • Ogival skull, rounded forehead, stop too much pronounced or non existent.

Muzzle :

  • Square or rectangular, lack of pigmentation on nose or lips.

Eyes :

  • Light or of wild expression. Lack of pigmentation on the eyerims.

Ears :

  • Thick, heavy, falling flat against the side of the head, carried asymmetrically.

Neck :

  • Thick or weak, head sunk in shoulders.


Body :

  • Sway or roach-backed, dipping, whippety or drooping belly.
  • Heavy overall; dog which would fit into a square; horizontal topline; roach-backed; horizontal croup.

Tail :

  • Lack of hook.

Forequarters :

  • Double dewclaws, not upright.

Shoulders :

  • Too straight or too short.

Hindquarters :

  • Angle too open at the hocks; not upright.

Feet :

  • Thick; cat feet; long nails; white nails.

Hair :

  • Too abundant on the head, especially when it covers the eyes and on the muzzle when it looks like a griffon's moustache.  Poor texture, soft, wiry, curly or frizzy.  Coat lacking density or thickness.

Colour :

  • White covering more than one third of the coat. Harlequin coat lacking contrast between grey and black or having fawn lights.  Very diluted coat colour.  Black coat with tan on head and on limbs (black marked with fawn).

Gait/Movement :

  • Too short or choppy.  Lifting the feet too high.

Ears :

  • Uncropped ears carried upright.

Tail :

  • Tail carried curling over topline or tightly curled.


Behaviour / Temperament

  • Aggressive or overly shy.

Colour :

  • White coat or any colour not specified in the standard.

Nose :

  • Not completely black.

Jaws :

  • Over or under-shot, or any malformation of the jaws.


Eyes :

  • Wall-eyes for any dogs other than “harlequin” (blue-merle) and slate-grey.  Flesh colour on the eye-rims.  Light yellow eyes.

Size :

  • Outside the limits.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


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

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ORIGIN: France

E' devout the ancient French dog from conduction of the flock, devout just to taken to shape in the zone of the Pyrenees (the montuosa chain that separates France from Spain). these dogs hardly made their appearance for before the time to an exposure after the first world war and just in 1921.

Of medium ransom with a height comprised between 40 and i 50 cm, the assimilable head to that one of a bear and from a wide awake and active aspect tartufo dovr the black being, the eyes browns, with the black eyelids the orecchie are straight capacities. the legs must be muscolose and straight with feet ovals.
The hair folto and much lanoso especially on the back.
The colors are: the gray, gray-silver, yellow and white man in the devout ones varied gradazioni.

In its earth of origin still used like dog from conduction of the crudes oil to the flank of the majestic Dog from mountain of the Pyrenees used instead in order to defend the sheep or the vacche from the attacks of lupi and bears, beyond to this function our "small dog" it comes used also for the search of dispersed and an optimal dog from apartment (on condition that at least two hours are dedicated to the day of race in the prati ones or the parks) making an optimal guard and defense of the propriet.


And an Audacious, Arrogant dog, much intelligent and active one.

Famous E' in order is considered a dog that never does not become ill itself resisting not only to the avversit meteorological, but also to some diseases as cimurro (us does not want to say at all that it does not go vaccinateed).

It eats practically of all, even if from its diet they never do not go eliminated proteins, therefore the meat must be always present in its ciotola or like cooked or crocchette complete (you the choice).
Pu living to the open on condition that it has a shelter (cuccia).
It goes at least brushed una-due times to the week.