The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in the United States, and with good reason.
This dog breed has excellent family-oriented characteristics that make it a perfect choice for a wide variety of owners.
The result of a cross between one of these dogs and a Great Pyrenees Sheepdog is the Pyrador.
While the name may sound somewhat intimidating, the Pyrador is a gentle giant in reality, and it tends to benefit from the best aspects of both of its constituent breeds.
The great Pyrenees and the Labrador Retriever both have a way of complimenting each other since both of these dogs are loving and caring.
Throughout this guide, I will be taking a look at every possible thing you could want to know about these dogs before you buy them.
From their looks to their behavior, I will be covering it all so that you can know exactly what is in store for a future owner of one of these dogs.
Pyrador Puppies – Before You Buy…
There are some things that you will have to know about Pyrador puppies before you decide to buy one of these dogs.
In this section, I am going to take a look at the qualities that are specific to Pyradors when they are young, and I will also go over how to find one of these dogs.
What Price are Pyrador Puppies?
The Pyrador is a breed that can get somewhat pricey, and just how expensive a puppy is will depend on the size that it will eventually grow up to be.
The largest examples of Pyradors are typically sold for around 1500 dollars, while the smallest of these dogs usually go for about 750 dollars.
Of course, the purity of the puppies will play a significant role in determining their final price, and examples that are the result of breeding between two purebreds are the most expensive.
While the Pyrador is a costly dog, it is indeed worth the money.
How to Find Reputable Pyrador Breeders?
If you have decided to get yourself a Pyrador, you may be wondering where you can find a breeder for one of them.
The best way to begin your search for a Pyrador breeder is to browse local classifieds on the internet for Pyrador puppies. You will typically have more luck around cities and other urban areas.
If you want to make sure that the breeder you have chosen is the right one, I recommend checking feedback from people who have bought dogs from them in the past.
You should also pay a visit to the home of the breeder before you make your purchase so you can get to know the puppies.
3 Little-Known Facts About Pyrador Puppies
- The Pyrador is one of the more loyal dogs you will ever come across, even as a puppy. These pups will rarely ever stray from your side, and they love to be held by people, so they are excellent with children.
- Since these dogs have fur that is similar to that on the great Pyrenees, you will have to put some extra effort into keeping them adequately groomed. If you have no prior experience grooming dogs, this may be a challenging breed for you to own.
- Even when these dogs are puppies, they will thrive if raised in a larger household. You will typically want to avoid raising a Pyrador in an apartment since the dog will grow to feel constrained in a small area.
Physical Traits of the Pyrador
The Pyrador will typically be tough to distinguish from a standard Labrador since they share many of the same features.
The best way to differentiate between a Pyrador and a typical Labrador Retriever is the size, as Pyradors tend to be much larger than their parent breed.
These dogs also usually have a coat that is easy to distinguish from the Labrador since it is much fluffier and can also be longer, though that depends on the dog’s parentage.
The vast majority of Pyradors have fur that is ice white, but it can get a little darker in dogs with a larger percentage of Labrador.
The big, fluffy tail is usually one of the easiest ways to distinguish between this breed and the Labrador Retriever, as that particular feature is not present on this dog’s parent.
Pyrador puppies, on the other hand, are reminiscent of little balls of fluff due to their thick coats of white fur.
How Big is a Full-Grown Pyrador?
The Pyrador is a large dog breed, and you can expect them to grow to a massive size, especially if their great Pyrenees genes are more prevalent.
The largest examples of this breed can grow up to 90 pounds in weight, and the only reason that they don’t get larger is due to their relatively thin frame.
While this breed can grow up to 27 inches tall, the Labrador in the mix doesn’t make for a very hefty dog, so Pyradors won’t get exceedingly heavy.
That being said, this is still one of the largest dog breeds you can come across, and it is recommended that owners have experience with big dogs.
What is the Life Expectancy of the Pyrador?
Since the Pyrador is such a large dog, you can’t expect it to live as long as smaller breeds.
Most Pyradors will live until the age of 10 or 12 until they start to pass, though many dogs can live past that age. In the end, those last few years have to do with how healthy a life your dog lives.
Pyradors that lead a life full of exercise with a diet of premium food will typically be able to live a year or two past their projected lifespan.
Since this breed is mixed, it typically lives longer than pure great Pyrenees, but Labrador Retrievers are smaller and therefore usually have a longer lifespan.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Pyrador
You will find that the Pyrador is a gentle giant that makes for an excellent hunting dog. The mix of the great Pyrenees and Labrador Retriever also makes for a highly intelligent breed.
If you insist on owning a smart dog, then the Pyrador may be a safe bet, but don’t expect brilliance on par with the smartest breeds.
The Pyrador has a mindset that is a blend of a hunting dog and a companion dog, so it also demonstrates strong watchdog qualities.
This breed tends to be highly family-oriented making a Pyrador a great choice for households with children. The only thing this breed tends to dislike is small spaces.
The great Pyrenees in the mix helps make this breed a better guard dog than a pure Labrador Retriever, but most people would never consider a Pyrador aggressive.
Unless overtly threatened, the Pyrador is content to adopt the role of the gentle giant, and they can even be perceived as lazy.
The Pyrador’s Diet
Since the Pyrador is such a big dog, you can expect to pay a decent amount of money to keep it fed.
Three cups of high-quality dog food (spread across three separate meals) is usually the ideal amount of food that you can feed a Pyrador, though it may vary based on the size of the dog.
You will typically find yourself spending around 30 to 50 dollars per month on the food for your Pyrador, depending on the quality of the food and whether you buy it in bulk or not.
While this dog doesn’t eat a startling amount, the Pyrador still eats as much as you would expect from a big dog.
How Much Exercise Does the Pyrador Need?
When it comes to the exercise requirements for this dog breed, you will usually want to walk them for around 15 miles per week.
You can generally accomplish this with one or two fifteen-minute walks per day at a moderate pace.
Pyradors prefer longer walks to shorter runs due to their heavyweight.
Ensuring that your Pyrador gets every bit of exercise needed will keep your dog healthier, and it will also prevent obesity from taking hold.
Since Pyradors have a relatively large appetite, you will want to ensure that they get enough exercise to burn off all of the food that they eat.
Pyrador Health and Conditions
Like many big dogs, the Pyrador is susceptible to many health conditions, some of which are severe while others are of less concern.
Let’s go over some of the problems that you can expect to see in these dogs as they get older.
- Elbow and Hip Dysplasia
- Retinal Dysplasia
- Retinal Atrophy
- Wobbler’s Syndrome
- Bleeding Disorder
Can it travel by car?
Even though a Pyrador can travel by car, you need to take special care of your dog during the ride to ensure a pleasurable experience for it.
First of all, make sure your dog will not get sick during the ride by asking your vet or taking your dog out on short test drives.
Next, you need to make the journey as physically comfortable for your dog as you can.
The small statue of a Pyrador allows it to sit easily on a car seat but it is better to have a dog harness to safeguard your dog against sudden shocks or jerks.
However, make sure the harness is comfortable and does not dig harshly into the skin of your Pyrador.
Also, since it is a small dog, it does not need much exercise so you do not need to take very frequent breaks during the journey for your dog.
However, you still need to stop after every few hours for potty breaks or let your dog stretch out and walk a little.
Also, give your Pyrador the same food you give it at home which will ensure it does not vomit or become sick due to the stress of different food combined with a strange environment.
Moreover, try not leaving your dog alone inside the car for longer than a few minutes but if you need to, crack down the windows a little so the heat does not disturb your dog.
Furthermore, the Pyrador loves spending time with its owner so it would not mind long car rides either.
The gentle and compliant nature of this breed of dog makes it a perfect and pleasurable traveling companion, so follow all these guidelines and you are set for a memorable travel experience with your favorite buddy.
My Final Thoughts on the Pyrador
The Pyrador is an excellent choice of dog for owners who simply want a massive Labrador Retriever.
This dog breed may be larger than most Labs, but it acts just like one with some of the protective instincts of a Great Pyrenees added in.
All in all, this is a wonderful dog breed.
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- Pyrador Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Pyrador
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Pyrador
- The Pyrador’s Diet
- Pyrador Health and Conditions
- My Final Thoughts on the Pyrador