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acalvo7213
05-13-2014, 05:15 PM
Hello! New here. I have a question, and I'm really hoping to get some help with it. I have a 6-7 m.o. Pyrenees pup. I got here when she was probably about 5 weeks and I got her spayed when she was 3 no. She was approx. 45 lbs. My question is, how can I tell if she is purebred? She has the face, head, tail, and she has no markings. However, her fur is kinda curly, and she doesn't have the double dewclaw. She seems to match the description of a purebred, except for the fur and claws. She sheds like crazy, is pure white, playful, barks A LOT when she's outside, and is great with other dogs. Anyone have any input? Thanks!

Chicag0_Red
05-13-2014, 06:09 PM
While the lack of double dews is by no means an automatic dis-qualifier for being a pure Pyr it is a good indication of a Pyr-cross or even a non Pyr. That coupled with your description of the coat would lead me to believe there is a "friendly visitor" in the lineage somewhere. This doesn't mean you are not owned by a Pyr. Since Pyrs were bred for guarding ability more than appearance for thousands of years it is quite possible these are recessive genes being displayed. And a lot of Pyr-crosses maintain that wonderful Pyr sense-of-humor that makes them so special.

acalvo7213
05-13-2014, 06:32 PM
I don't plan on showing her, so the need-to-know is not necessary. But I would like to know, haha. I got her from a flea market, and she was the last one. She got her shots, and hasn't had any problems. But we didn't get any papers, and I don't recall seeing parents. It would just be nice to know haha.

nick's spirit
05-15-2014, 02:18 PM
Welcome acalvo & pup...her name??
Missed this post down here, but so nice of you to post photos of your girl right away!
She looks very healthy & happy, I think she was very lucky that you found her & brought her into a good home.
Agree with what Red says, and since you don't intend on showing her, not a big deal.
My first female had a curly coat, but only down the middle of her back, not as curly as yours, I'd call it "wavy".
So glad to have you on the forum, please keep us up to date on you & your girl!
Nancy, Holly & Rudy

Espinay
05-15-2014, 09:31 PM
Hello! New here. I have a question, and I'm really hoping to get some help with it. I have a 6-7 m.o. Pyrenees pup. I got here when she was probably about 5 weeks and I got her spayed when she was 3 no. She was approx. 45 lbs. My question is, how can I tell if she is purebred? She has the face, head, tail, and she has no markings. However, her fur is kinda curly, and she doesn't have the double dewclaw. She seems to match the description of a purebred, except for the fur and claws. She sheds like crazy, is pure white, playful, barks A LOT when she's outside, and is great with other dogs. Anyone have any input? Thanks!

Welcome!

Truth is, you will never know if she is purebred. You can make guesses, but you will never know for sure.

Only way to get any real guarantee that you have a purebred is to buy from a breeder who only breeds from registered dogs and registers their puppies with a recognised pedigree register which guarantees parentage (for the US this in the American Kennel Club). (FWIW these breeders would not sell through flea markets and would never sell a pup at 5 weeks of age).

Best thing you can do is love your pup for what she is - whatever that may be. I am sure she will be a wonderful pet, no matter what she is. But you may have to resign yourself to the fact that knowing exactly what she is is not something you will ever be able to do.

I am pleased to hear she gets on with other dogs. It will be important to continue to socialise her and teach her manners such as no nipping, grabbing or biting. Pups separated from their litter before 8 weeks of age can often have higher incidence of dog-dog agression and lower bite inhibition, so keep up the good work you are doing with her.

Have fun with your pup!