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The Pyrenean Patou

More than a dog, a symbol

Emblem of the Pyrenees par excellence, it embodies the beauty of the Pyrenean fauna.

The protection dog‘s function is to deter any intruders from approaching the herd. It is neither a driving dog, nor a companion dog, much less an attack dog.

The herdsman

The Patou, or dog of the Pyrenees, some will find him beautiful, imposing, kind… but others, will say he is mean…

On the contrary, this animal has for primary function the defense of his herd in the mountains against predators. This is why it can be “grumpy” towards you.

With the sharp increase in the number of predators (wild fauna, reinforcement of the Bear in the Pyrenees, roaming dogs…), such dogs represent again, for the breeders and the shepherds, a precious help for the protection of the herds.

We could discover it these days while walking or transhumant on the roads and paths of our valley accompanying his dear ewes to the high pastures.

Herd life
Keep your distance!
Emblem of the station

To learn a little more, “The Patou”, is an ancient breed of sheepdog. It is characterized by its imposing size and white hair. It is also a very good “friend” as a companion dog. The female gives birth to about 2 to 12 puppies per litter. At adulthood a Patou can weigh up to 75kg for a male and 65kg approximately for the female.

In the mountains, unlike the Border Colley or the Labri, the Patou will not work with the herd (round them up etc) it will be there as a protector. For this, from their youngest age, the puppies are put with the sheep so that they get used to their “family” until a total and reciprocal acceptance. The dog will then live permanently within the flock: the summer in the mountains and the winter in the sheepfold.

To know more

A shepherd will tell you, for the dog to be good, you must not socialize him too much, pet him, he socializes with the sheep!!

So if you walk the pastures of our valley do not be afraid to cross his path, to learn more read below the conduct to hold.

And above all admire him, the Patou is an animal that respects itself and, has been for years the symbol of Saint Lary…hence the logo of the resort.

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