The Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees mix dog is one of many new dog breeds-in-progress. Breeders often call these dogs hybrid dog breeds, although the more accurate term is crossbred dog breeds.
Any time you choose a newer dog breed for your new companion canine, it can be extremely helpful to do some research in advance to learn what your new pup might be like.
We will talk about why that is the case, what to expect and how to prepare to welcome your Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees mix dog to the family.
Let’s get started!
Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees Mix
At the simplest level, the Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees mix dog has one purebred Australian Shepherd parent dog and one Great Pyrenees parent dog.
With most hybrid or crossbred dog breeds, breeders will take the two founding breed names and mix them together to describe the new dog breed. In this case, the Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees mix becomes the Aussie Pyrenees.
Meet a Cute Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees Mix Puppy
This YouTube video takes you on a journey in the life of one family who adopted an Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees mix puppy.
You get plenty of time up close and personal with their cute puppy and then you can hear more from her new owners about her personality and temperament.
How the Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees Mix Breeding Process Works
Hybrid or crossbred dog breeding isn’t the same as purebred dog breeding. It also isn’t the same as the process that creates a true mixed breed dog, or “mutt.”
With a hybrid or crossbred dog breeding program, the breeder works very specifically with only two (or sometimes three) purebred dog lines.
In the case of the Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees mix, there are two purebred lines (or “P” generation lines): the Australian Shepherd and the Great Pyrenees.
The original or founding litter of puppies will have one parent dog from each purebred line. This is called the “first generation” or “F1” litter.
But then as the new breed of dog is developed, subsequent litters will begin to blend the two breed lines together more and more.
As Breeding Business explains, here is a brief snapshot of how that occurs.
- F1: Original or “founding” litter with two different purebred dog breed lines.
- F1b: One parent dog is purebred and the other is a hybrid (Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees mix from the original F1 litter). This is also sometimes called “back-crossing” the breed line.
- F2: Both parent dogs are F1 hybrid dogs.
- F2b: One parent dog is an F1b hybrid dog and one parent dog is an F2 hybrid dog.
Why Understanding Hybrid Dog Breeding Is Important for Puppy Selection
Why is it so important to understand how this process works?
It is important because it is literally not possible for a breeder to predict how each parent dog’s genes will combine within a given puppy for each litter.
The breeder won’t be able to know which puppy even within a single litter will look or act more like one parent dog or the other.
However, these types of differences between the puppies will be much more pronounced in earlier generation breeding programs.
F1 and F1b breeding programs will distribute a lot more genetic variation between the puppies. F2 and later breeding programs will start to produce puppies that act and look a lot more like each other as they grow up.
How might this work as you search for your Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees puppy?
Let’s take a very simple example.
Let’s say you want a dog that acts more like a Great Pyrenees dog but looks more like an Australian Shepherd dog.
There is a very specific way you can go about searching for a crossbred Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees mix puppy with these exact characteristics.
What you want to do is look for a breeder that works specifically with later stage (F2 or later) Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees breeding.
Later stage breeding programs will show more uniformity between the puppies.
So now let’s look more closely at the type of genetic variety you might expect to see in a litter of Aussie Pyrenees puppies.
Meet the Parent Dogs: Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees Mix
The first place to research when learning about your Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees mix puppy is in each parent dog breed’s history.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) states that the Australian Shepherd is the 17th most popular pet dog (out of 197 purebred dog breeds to choose from).
So right away you know that the Australian Shepherd probably has a ton of great qualities lots of people look for in a companion canine.
Interestingly, the Australian Shepherd is actually a mix of three breed lines from Europe, Australia, and the United States.
In fact, the official breed name is somewhat confusing, because this breed actually originated in Europe, migrated to Australia with their people, and then finally became a favorite performing, ranching and cowboy herding dog in the United States.
Australian Shepherds are true working dogs and are smart and athletic enough to do just about any job.
Next, let’s turn our attention to learning about the Great Pyrenees dog breed. The Great Pyrenees, as the American Kennel Club (AKC), points out, is the 66th most popular purebred dog breed.
While the AKC doesn’t elaborate, it is safe to assume these dogs may be less popular because of their enormous size. Not everyone can accommodate the needs of a dog that can easily weigh in at 100+ pounds in adulthood!
The great Pyrenees take their name from the Pyrenees Mountains, which is only one reason why this dog breed is frequently described as “majestic.”
Not only are these dogs impressive to look at, but they also have an impressively noble history. They have even been dubbed the Royal Dog of France, thanks to King Louie XIV, who was a great admirer of the breed.
Vital Statistics: Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees Mix
One of the biggest variables to consider, especially if you buy your puppy from an early stage hybrid breeder (F1 or F1b), is going to be your dog’s adult size.
Another variable that is very important to a lot of dog owners is coat type.
And a third variable that really matters to dog owners is health and life expectancy.
We will take a closer look at what you can expect in each of these categories in this section.
Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees Size
The best and most reliable method for estimating your hybrid dog’s adult weight and height is to look at the averages for each parent dog breed.
In this case, the Australian Shepherd typically weighs 40 to 65 pounds and stands 18 to 23 inches tall (measured from paw pads to shoulder tops).
Female Aussie Shepherds tend to be about two inches shorter and 10 pounds lighter than males.
The great Pyrenees, in contrast, typically weigh anywhere from 85 to 100+ pounds in adulthood and stand 25 to 32 inches tall (paw pads to shoulder tops).
Female Great Pyrs tend to weigh about 15 pounds less than males and be about two inches shorter.
This tells us that your Aussie Pyrenees could potentially weigh anywhere from 40 to 100+ pounds and stand anywhere from 18 to 32 inches tall.
More realistically, however, what you get when you average those numbers together is a crossbred Aussie Pyrenees that weighs about 70 pounds and stands about 25 inches tall.
Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees Coat Type
Next, let’s take a look at your crossbred dog’s potential coat types.
The Australian Shepherd has a medium-long coat that is double layer and sheds year-round and seasonally.
The Great Pyrenees has a long coat that is double-layer and sheds year-round and seasonally.
From this, you can anticipate that your Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees puppy will grow up to have a medium to long double-layer coat that sheds seasonally and year-round.
Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees Health and Life Expectancy
Finally, let’s look at your puppy’s life expectancy and overall health genetics.
Australian Shepherds typically live 12 to 15 years. The Great Pyrenees have a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
So your Aussie Pyrenees may live anywhere from 10 to 15 years, with 13 years being a reasonable average.
The Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) database states that the Australian Shepherd’s major genetic health issues include eye issues, autoimmune thyroiditis, hip, and elbow dysplasia.
The Great Pyrenees dog’s major genetic health issues include hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, cardiac, eye, and thyroid issues.
This helps you choose a reputable breeder that can show you clear test results from each of your puppy’s parents.
With this information in hand, you can have your best chances of picking the Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees mix puppy that is right for you.