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GPCA Position Paper

"Great Pyrenees Should Not Be Considered a Dangerous Dog Breed"

Position: All large animals need to be treated with caution and an awareness of circumstances. The temperament of the Great Pyrenees breed is not usually aggressive. Care must be taken not to startle, provoke, or threaten any dog breed, as any dog may bite in these circumstances. The history of the breed as a flock guardian indicates their ability to get along well with other animals and humans. They have no tradition of being used as fighting or attack dogs. Many breeds have biting incidents reported, but the Great Pyrenees breed does not have an excessive number of bites reported (see citations below). If a Great Pyrenees does bite, it is usually a single bite as opposed to a continued attack or mauling. The breed does well with children and will protect them if they are threatened. They are considered beloved family members, welcome help in farming situations, and have a positive history in service dog work.

In summary: The Great Pyrenees Club of America feels that the Great Pyrenees breed does not fit the category of a "dangerous breed" and therefore should not be held any differently than any other breed for the purposes of legislation, insurance, or special handling by any government, company, or the general population.


Sacks JJ, Sinclair L, Gilchrist J, Golab CC, Lockwood R. Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1998. JAVMA 2000;217:836-840.

Gershman KA, Sacks JJ, Wright JC. Which dogs bite? A case-control study of risk factors. Pediatrics 1994;93:913-7.