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

Pyrenean Mastiff, for a long time accompanied the herds of sheep in its migratory paths from the Aragonese and Navarrese Pyrenees to Maestrazgo. Their main function was to guard and protect the herds and their masters from wolves, bears, and thieves.

During the 20th century, especially after the Spanish Civil War, due to economic difficulties, the mastiff’s popularity went into decline as it was very expensive to keep a dog of its size. In the 1970s a group of fans started the job of recovery of the breed through the few specimens that were in the countryside and still had typical features of the ancient mastiff.

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

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