Pyrador Dog Breed

  • Other names:
  • Labrenees
  • Great Pyrador
Overview

The Pyrador, sometimes called the Labranees, is a cross between a Great Pyrenees and a Labrador Retriever. As a hybrid breed, it will inherit physical and behavioral traits of both the Great Pyrenees and Labrador, so we recommend that you familiarize yourself with both the parent breeds if you're planning to adopt a Pyrador as each individual can exhibit more characteristics of one parent breed than the other.

These dogs are known for being loyal, protective, and intelligent. These dogs are active and somewhat aloof owing to the Great Pyranees' herding instincts, so training might take some effort, but it is definitely worth it. A well-trained Pyrador is a highly capable guard dog and a very personable companion. This dog is very alert and will look after its loved ones, and therefore some protective behavior should be expected when an unfamiliar person arrives. Altogether, Pyradors are strong-willed and caring, and with the proper upbringing will be a wonderful addition to any household.

Pyrador Breed Details

Breed Specs
TypeLifespanHeightWeight
Hybrid10-12 yrs.25-28 in.75-100 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Below are details and specs of the Pyrador dog breed.

Pyrador Breed Description

The Pyrador is a large sized dog. Depending on the size of its parents, an adult may weigh anywhere from 75 - 100 pounds and will reach a height of 25 - 28 inches. Its size makes it well suited for guarding and herding, but training must be done to prevent these hefty dogs from jumping and clobbering your guests.

Socialization is mandatory for these puppies. These dogs have a natural inclination to protect their flock and territory, so it is necessary to train these dogs to prevent them from terrorizing the mail man or your guests. That said, a trained Pyrador is excellent around children and family, and many owners say they feel safer with a one patrolling the house.

This breed requires a moderate amount of maintenance. Their coat will need to be brushed at least once daily and possibly more during shedding season. These are big dogs with big appetites. They will eat a lot of food and require at least an hour of daily exercise. Pyradors are happiest when they have access to a large yard.

Pyrador Breed History

The breeds that make up the Pyrador have long histories as work dogs, but the breed itself is fairly new as a breed and because of this does not have a very detailed history. This is a somewhat rare hybrid, and has probably only been bred intentionally for a few decades.

Pyrador Appearance

As a crossbreed, the Pyrador will inherit physical traits from both parent breeds. Not all members of this breed will inherit the same traits which means some may have more Labrador characteristics, others may have more Great Pyrenees characteristics, and some may exhibit a mix of both parent breeds. It is likely, however, that the majority of Pyradors will have traits common in both the Great Pyrenees and the Labrador.

These are large, strong dogs. They are slightly bigger than the Labrador, and smaller than the Great Pyrenees. Soft floppy ears frame its droopy thoughtful face. The eyes are dark and deep, and the coat is dense and soft to the touch.

Pyrador Coloring

The most common colors for Pyradors are white, beige, black, brown, and gray.

Pyrador Size

Members of this breed are large dogs. Most weigh between 75 - 95 pounds and will reach a height of 25 to 28 inches. Due to its size, the Pyrador is not suitable for apartment life, but will make an excellent guardian for a house.

Average Adult Height

25-28 in
*Height is measured in inches from the front paws to the top of the shoulder while the dog is standing on all four legs.

Average Adult Weight

75-100 lbs

Pyrador Temperament

The temperament of the Pyrador is dependent on the behavioral traits inherited from its parents. Some will inherit a majority of traits from the Great Pyrenees, others the Labrador, and some will have a roughly equal mix of both parent breeds.

You should expect them to have behavioral characteristics common in both the Labrador and Great Pyrenees. The Great Pyrenees has been a guard dog and a herding dog for many generations, and the Pyrador may reflect this ancestry with an independent, protective disposition. Though these are intelligent dogs, this independent streak may make training slightly more difficult. Labrador roots give the this breed a warm and loving side, making them wonderful family pets. However, socialization is mandatory for these dogs and should be done at a young age, especially if they will be around other pets. With strangers they might act protective, though not aggressive - you should expect barking when someone new arrives. Puppies tend to chew on anything they can get their paws on - keep them away from expensive shoes and furniture until proper behavior is established. Pyradors are a combination of two excellent breeds, and with the proper training should make a great companion to any family or active owner.

Pyrador and Children

Pyradors are gentle giants and are fine with children and in a family setting assuming they have been socialized and trained. If they have been trained poorly they are apt to be excitable and jumpy, and for this reason small children should not be left with this dog unattended.

Pyrador and Other Pets

Pyradors usually get along with other pets without issues, but socialization is mandatory and should occur at a young age. Since the Labrador has hunting instincts, they may see small animals such as birds, rabbits, etc. as prey and want to chase them. For this reason it is important to be cautious where you take your pet off-leash.

Pyrador and Strangers

This breed may display protective behavior when confronting strangers. They are not known to be aggressive unless they perceive the stranger as a threat, though they will surely bark to alert their owners of an unfamiliar person. Socialization with people at a young age may mitigate the Pyrador's apprehensive attitude.

Pyrador Photos

Below are pictures of the Pyrador dog breed.

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Pyrador Maintenance

This is a medium maintenance dog breed. They need a good deal of daily exercise and their coats require regular brushing in order to stay healthy.

Grooming Requirements

Pyradors have a two-layered coat consisting of a straight, water-resistant topcoat and a soft, woolly undercoat. They are heavy shedders and their coat gets tangled and matted easily so brushing should be done at least once a day, potentially more often during shedding season. It is important to trim the dog's nails occasionally and to give it a shampoo bath every few months.

Exercise Requirements

These dogs demand a daily walk of up to an hour to remain in health and to prevent their excess energy from being used to fuel unwanted habits. They do best with an active owner and with a large yard in which to run and play.

Living Requirements

Keeping a Pyrador in an apartment is not recommended. Without a yard in which to roam, they may get bored and resort to bad behaviors like chewing and barking to entertain themselves.

Temperature Range

Members of this breed can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, but are not recommended for very hot climates due to their thick coat. If they are in a hot location they should always have access to water and shade in order to stay cool.

Pyrador Health

The Pyrador's lifespan is between 10 and 12 years, above average for a dog of its size. Due to its hybrid genetics it is considered a healthy breed. However, both parent breeds are prone to hip problems so care should be taken not to over-exercise these dogs. It is important to regularly inspect the ears, feet and eyes for signs of infection. Regular cleansing and grooming can help prevent these issues from arising.

Below are potential health issues to watch for:

  • Bloat
  • Cataracts
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
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Pyrador Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Pyrador as a dog breed:

  • Dog Registry of America Inc.