The Pyrenean Sheepdog is a medium dog with an average size of 38 to 50 centimetres and 31 to 55 pounds. It exudes both energy and mischief that make it charming. Its head is almost triangular when viewed from above and its body is slightly longer than it is tall but still well proportioned. It has almond to oval shaped eyes that are dark brown or blue, a black nose with wide-open nostrils, a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite, and short triangular erect ears. It also has a strong long neck, and a lean, strong and muscular body.
When it comes to the coat, the Pyr Shep can have (1) a rough face, which is either long or moderately long and straight or wavy; or (2) a smooth face, which is moderately long with very little undercoat. Both coats are harsh, dense and flat. Those with long hairs may have natural cords. The dog’s hair on the rump and thighs are denser and woollier. Shorter coats have less fringing on the front legs and below the hocks. It comes in various colours such as different shades of fawn, black, brindle, grey, blue merle, black & white.
The extent of grooming your Pyr Shep will depend on the length and type of coat but obviously, a dog with a shorter and closer coat is easier to groom. A weekly brush will usually suffice but brushing becomes more frequent during shedding seasons (spring and autumn). On the other hand, cords need to be patiently separated to look clean and neat. Aside from coat care, other grooming aspects include regular ear cleaning, tooth brushing, and nail clipping. The skin should also be inspected for abnormal spots and fleas.