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Pyrenean\r\nMastiffs are large dogs originally from the Aragonese Pyrenees in Spain. They\r\nare a very large dog, males 77 cm (30 in) and females 71 cm (28 in) at the\r\nwithers, although they can be up to 81 cm (32 in). They have a heavy white coat\r\nwith large darker spots. The average weight is about 81 kg (179 lb), although\r\nmales can often weigh over 100 kgs (220 lb).

\r\n\r\nPyrenean\r\nMastiff, for a long time accompanied the herds of sheep in its migratory paths\r\nfrom the Aragonese and Navarrese Pyrenees to Maestrazgo. Their main function\r\nwas to guard and protect the herds and their masters from wolves, bears, and\r\nthieves.

\r\n\r\nDuring the\r\n20th century, especially after the Spanish Civil War, due to economic\r\ndifficulties, the mastiff’s popularity went into decline as it was very\r\nexpensive to keep a dog of its size. In the 1970s a group of fans started the\r\njob of recovery of the breed through the few specimens that were in the\r\ncountryside and still had typical features of the ancient mastiff.

\r\n\r\nThe Pyrenean\r\nMastiff breed is now being taken from its native region and promoted as a pet\r\nin other countries like USA by the Pyrenean Mastiff Club of America. It was recognized\r\nby the Fédération Cynologique  Internationale in 1982.

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