Can Great Pyrenees Get Separation Anxiety?

The Great Pyrenees is a great dog that loves his owners, and sometimes this love can cause something called “separation anxiety.” So, you may be wondering, “Can Great Pyrenees get separation anxiety?”

You probably won’t deal a lot with separation anxiety, though your Great Pyrenees may get bored if he’s stays home alone for too long without anything else to do. Note that dogs are complex creatures and there is no dog exactly the same, so that doesn’t mean you won’t ever get separation anxiety. Educate yourself on the signs and find out how to prevent and fix it. If you want to learn more, I suggest you keep reading.

A white great pyrenees sitting on grass
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What Is Separation Anxiety In Dogs?

So, before we get into the signs of separation anxiety. I would like to clarify what separation anxiety actually means first.

Separation anxiety (also referred to as SA) in dogs is a behavior issue where the dog cannot mentally handle being away from his owner and thus is often destructive when his owner is away.

Separation anxiety isn’t just when your dog whines when you leave; it’s when your dog is completely destructive and panics before you even open the front door.

So, what are all the signs of separation anxiety in dogs? Let’s find out.

Signs Of Separation Anxiety In Dogs

Now, what are the signs of separation anxiety in dogs? Generally speaking, these are the signs you should be watching out for.

  • Anxious behaviors like whining, pacing, and trembling when you’re gone or as you prepare to leave.
  • Excessive barking or howling when you’re gone.
  • Being destructive when you’re gone (i.e. tearing up shoes, digging holes in couches)
  • Making a lot of accidents in the house (urination and defecation)
  • Excessive salivation, drooling, and panting
  • Desperate or prolonged attempts to escape confinement

How To Fix Separation Anxiety In Dogs

Now, we know the signs of separation anxiety in dogs, but how do we fix it?

Well, unfortunately, there is no known cure for separation anxiety, but with persistence and dedication, you can eventually lessen the severity of it.

So, how do you fix separation anxiety in dogs? Let’s look at a few tips and tricks.

Exercise Your Dog

While exercise can’t cure SA, it can certainly help treat it. Why, you ask? A tired and well-exercised dog will more likely be able to rest while you’re away than a dog hasn’t been exercised much and still has a a lot of energy. And of course, exercise is needed for his overall well-being.

This is especially true with larger dogs like the Great Pyrenees, so while he may not want to exercise a lot, make sure he has at least some.

Crate Train Your Dog

The crate is your dog’s second best friend (hopefully followed by you of course) as it can offer a safe and comfortable place to relax when things get out of hand.

So, as you would probably think, crate training is essential to treating separation anxiety.

Don’t Allow Your Dog To Be Too Clingy

Lastly, while I understand that you may feel bad for your dog, never encourage too much clinginess.

Instead, promote more independent behavior so that eventually, when you leave your home, your Pyr won’t feel so bad about you leaving.

To do this, you must first teach your dog to sit and stay. These two commands are essential for teaching your dog to be more independent and are handy in everyday life.

Second, take your dog to a room and tell him to stay and sit beside them for a few minutes. Then, next time you do it, slowly move away from your dog and stay away from him for longer periods of time and do the same next time until the point that you have left the room completely. Then, try shutting the door.

This can help your dog to slowly get used to being alone and show him that there’s nothing to worry about when you’re gone.

When Is Separation Anxiety Most Likely To Occur?

So, a question you may be asking is, “When is separation anxiety most likely to occur?”

While all dogs can get separation anxiety, separation generally starts when the dog is a puppy. This makes sense saying that dogs learn most of their behavior when they’re young rather when they’re older.

So, if you’re just getting a puppy, be extra careful about what you do around him as it may effect his behavior as he grows older and may even cause him to develop separation anxiety.

What Causes Separation Anxiety In Dogs?

As I just said, your behavior may actually influence your dog’s behavior, especially when he’s younger. But, there are more causes as well.

Another reason why your puppy or dog may have separation anxiety is that they had a traumatizing separation from another person or their mother and don’t want that to happen again, so you become their “new mom,” so to speak.

That traumatic separation could have been that they were shunned and dumped somewhere, or that they were simply relocated to a new home. While moving to a new home isn’t necessarily like dumping a dog in human eyes, there isn’t much difference for them.

The fact is, dogs don’t know as much as people do, so while we know nothing will happen to them if they’re being moved to a new home, they may think differently as they probably don’t know who you are and where you’re taking them.

Can You Prevent Separation Anxiety And If So, How?

Unfortunately, you can’t always prevent SA, but you can try to do so by promoting independent behavior and exercising your dog more.

As I mentioned earlier, exercise can help get all the energy your dog and allow him to rest while you’re away, helping prevent separation anxiety in turn.

And, of course, promoting independent behavior will prevent him from being clingy and being anxious and destructive when you’re away.


So, can Great Pyrenees get separation anxiety? Usually no, but you learned the causes and treatment of SA along with how to prevent it in case your Pyr ever does develop this behavior issue.

Do you have a Pyr? If so, does it have separation anxiety, or is it more independent? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Should I Groom My Great Pyrenees? (Answered!)

Surprisingly enough, there are dog breeds out there that require nearly no grooming whatsoever. While they generally have a shorter coat, others will have longer ones as well. So, when you have just adopted your Pyr, you may wonder, “Should I groom my Great Pyrenees?”

Yes, you should still groom your Great Pyrenees. While it is true that Great Pyrenees need minimal grooming, this breed is not one of the breeds that requires essentially no grooming at all, and most Great Pyrenees owners will at least groom their Pyr on occasion. If you want more information on this subject, I suggest you keep reading this article.

Basic Grooming Requirements For Pyrs

Now, we know that these dogs require grooming as minimal as it may be, but what are their basic grooming requirements? That’s a great question.

Let’s find out!

Bathing Your Great Pyrenees

It is said that a Great Pyrenees’ coat is fairly matted, tangled, and dirt resistant, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t have to be bathed.

So, consider bathing your Pyr once a month at least, or every time he gets into a mess. This way, whether you have company or not, you can be sure he’s clean.

Brushing Your Pyrs Coat

As I just mentioned, Pyrs are fairly matt, tangle, and dirt free, though it never hurts to give your Pyr a brushing on occasion. Their coat can still get matts and tangles.

Consider brushing your Pyr once every 1-2 weeks to make sure the tangles and mats are brushed out.

While most people only groom their dog when they go somewhere or have company, it’s best if you groom (including brush) your Great Pyrenees whether or not there will be a lot of people around.

Trimming Your Great Pyrenees’ Nails

Trimming your Great Pyrenees’ nails is a must for two reasons: 1) if you leave them don’t cut them for too long, they can scratch people, and 2) if they get too long, they will eventually grow into their paw pads.

Of course, having their nails pushed into their paws is very uncomfortable for your Pyr, so, needless to say, make sure you trim your dog’s nails!

But, when is the best time to do so? When your dog is scratching a lot of people or is becoming uncomfortable.

Brushing Your Pyr’s Teeth

Lastly, you need to brush your Great Pyrenees’ teeth regularly. While it may seem stupid to clean your dog’s teeth, it has its benefits.

Even though a dog’s teeth won’t rot right away if you don’t brush them, they will decay over time if they aren’t cleaned that much.

So, it’s recommended that you clean your dog’s teeth regularly. Consider brushing them at least weekly. You may also consider supplementing your dog’s diet with dental treats to make sure your Pyr’s teeth are well cleaned.

Should I Trim My Great Pyrenees’ Coat?

Many shave their Great Pyrenees’ coat for a couple of reasons; 1) they think it will help him stay cool in the summer, and 2) it helps reduce the amount of shedding. But, the question is, is it good for the dog?

The thing is, there are a lot of mixed answers. Some are okay with it, while others aren’t. People on the opposing side believe that if you were to shave their coat, it would cause a few problems.

For one, they think that it can actually make the dog hotter in the summer and colder in the winter. This makes sense as the coat acts like a radiator for the dog to help keep the body temperature where it needs to be.

They also say that there is always a possibility that their coat won’t grow back, which may sound fine and dandy, though if it does keep their body temperature where it needs to be, this is horrible for the dog.

We are talking about trimming, not shaving, however. These are two different things. Shaving is when you cut all or nearly all the hair off of their body, while trimming is simply shortening their hair a bit.

There are many Pyr owners who trim (not shave) their dog’s hair and have minimal problems, yet again, others speak against even trimming a Great Pyrenees’ coat.

Here are some answers I got when I asked Great Pyrenees owners on Facebook if they trim their dogs’ coats.

Yes, we brush and trim them often!

Cindy Harper Richardson

After I asked Cindy about her thoughts about shaving the Great Pyrenees and whether or not she had any problems trimming her dog’s coat, she said, “We never shave them, except for a wound area when needed, and that did grow back after some time.” “But we have had no issues with brushing and trimming on a regular basis.”

Here are the rest of the answers:

Mine goes to the groomer regularly. He is indoors and outdoors, so it keeps him comfortable.

Valeria Young

I work at a groomer, and mine goes to work with me weekly for a bath, nails, brush, blowout, and trimming the stray hairs. They look fantastic with the breed cut.

Ashley Midgette

I do not ever shave mine. It’s horrible for their coat and their hot/cold insulation. However, my groomer does trim the feathery part off, shaves her a potty trail & evens her coat up.

Nancy Stanton

No. Their undercoat is protection against heat and cold. It does not grow back If cut. If you shave or cut a Pyrenees’ hair, be prepared to keep them in the house.

Lisa Spurgeon

That’s a big no no!

Jeri Brownfield Neas

So, unfortunately, there are mixed answers.

What You Will Need To Groom Your Pyr

Now, we know that Great Pyrenees still need to be groomed regardless of how dirt, tangle, or mat-resistant they are, as all animals will get dirty from time to time. But if you’re still new to grooming, you may be asking, “What are some tools that I will need to groom my Great Pyrenees?”

That’s a great question!

What You Need For Bathing

First off, you’re going to need a good, dog-friendly shampoo and conditioner.

Now, you ask, what makes a good dog-friendly shampoo, and what’s the difference between human shampoo and dog shampoo?

Dogs have more alkaline skin than we do. While humans have a pH of about  5.5-5.6, dogs have a skin pH of 6.2-7.4.

When you take a bath or shower, it removes the acid mantle (the skin layer that protects the top layer of skin, the stratum corneum, from viruses and bacteria).

To counteract this, shampoos have ingredients that protect the skin until the acid mantle renews again. But, in order to do this, the shampoo must have the correct pH balance.

So, the reason you can’t just use human shampoo on a dog is that the pH balance is not right for the dog because the acid mantle may not renew properly without the proper balance.

Also, your dog’s skin is also more sensitive than ours, so when you get a shampoo, you need to be extra sure that all the ingredients are okay for his skin. All this is the same for conditioner.

Other supplies you may need include tethers (a hook to attach your dog’s leash to so he can’t escape), a handheld sprayer (to wash places that would be hard to reach with a faucet), a dog pool (when you’re dealing with larger dogs like the Great Pyrenees), and towels.

What You Will Need For Trimming Their Nails

Of course, the first thing you will need when you’re trimming your dog’s nails are dog-friendly clippers and grinders.

While you’re training your dog to accept you handling their feet, you may also need a silicone wall mat so you can put peanut butter or his favorite spreadable treat on it on it for your dog to lick while you’re doing so.

What You Will For Brushing Their Coat

First off, you will obviously need a comb or a brush, as you won’t be able to brush your Great Pyrenees’ coat in the first place without one.

You will also need a pin brush, scissors (to be more precise), a slicker brush (for more sensitive parts of the body), and a deshedder (to get rid of dead hair).

What You Will Need For Brushing Their Teeth

When it comes to the supplies you will need for brushing your dog’s teeth, it’s actually fairly simple.

You will only need two items: a dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste.

The reason why you need a dog toothbrush is that they are specifically designed for dogs and are curled to make it easier to get to his back teeth.

Dog-friendly toothpaste is also specifically made for dogs. You see, human toothpaste typically contains chemicals that can cause them to have stomach issues.

Those ingredients include fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, and xylitol, all of which are toxic to dogs.

Do Great Pyrenees Shed A Lot?

The Great Pyrenees shed a ton, and expect to find even more in the shedding season, which is in the spring.

You can expect to find his hair just about anywhere because he stays around a lot. Of course, this is horrible for people with dander allergies, so if you or someone else who is coming to your house has them, consider taking your Pyr somewhere else or even not adopting one at all.


So, do you have to groom a Great Pyrenees? While it is true they are fairly dirt, mat, and tangle-free they still need to be groomed.

Do you have a Great Pyrenees? If so, how often do you groom him?

Are Great Pyrenees Affectionate? (Answered!)

Great Pyrenees are very large dogs, and if you have a family, you may be worried that they will be aggressive and hurt someone. So, a logical question to ask is, “Are Great Pyrenees affectionate?”

Great Pyrenees are affectionate, patient, and calm dogs who will help their owners when they need it. But do note that these dogs are very large and may hurt younger children and small people even if they don’t mean to. You may also need to worry about your Pyr hurting other animals, as although they were bred to be guardian dogs who protect their herd, they are still dogs.

A Great Pyrenees standing in snow

Are Great Pyrenees Good With Children?

As I mentioned earlier, Great Pyrenees are very affectionate dogs and probably won’t intentionally hurt anyone or anything, but these dogs are very big and can accidently hurt your child.

Another concern is that your child will hurt your Pyr. While they are very large and probably won’t get hurt, there is an always a possibility as accidents do happen!

Of course, the best way to make sure that your child (or children) and your Great Pyrenees safe is by supervising them to make sure that they are all safe.

What About Babies?

Again, even though Pyrs are affectionate and gentle dog breeds, they are still dogs and can hurt your baby or babies.

So, supervision is even more recommended if your Great Pyrenees is going to be around your baby a lot.

Are Great Pyrenees Aggressive To Strangers?

While these dogs love their owners, they are typically reserved around other people they don’t know very well.

So, while Great Pyrenees aren’t generally aggressive toward strangers, supervision is recommended.

Are Great Pyrenees Loyal or Stubborn?

While Great Pyrenees love their owners and I can’t see them turning no them, they have an independent nature and can be stubborn at times.

He may be all over you one minute and running away, distracted by something else, the next.

So, because they are so large and can be stubborn at times, it is highly recommended that you at least do standard obedience training with your Great Pyrenees.

If you’d like to learn more about this, I highly recommend checking out this article I also made. If you’re interested, you may click here.

What To Do If Your Pyr Is Aggressive

While Great Pyrenees are not typically aggressive, there is always a chance that they will be, so it’s important that you know what to do if he does. Of course, this also goes for all other dogs as well.

So, what do you do when my Pyr is aggressive? Let’s find out!

Back Away

The first step is the slowly back away. If you run, the pyr will become even more aggressive and will try to chase you.

Slowly backing away will help him feel less restricted and make him feel like you aren’t trying to hurt him in any way, which should help him calm down a bit.

Calm Down & Talk With A Quiet Voice

This step is also very important. If you act aggressive and yell at the dog, this will do nothing else but make him even more aggressive.

So, speak to him with a calm and quiet voice, and, of course, calm down. When you are calm, it will help show him that you aren’t trying to attack or threaten him.

Stop Their Source Of Anger

Lastly, you’re going to need to stop the source of their anger.

Now, I know what you’re asking, “Okay, but why is he angry?” Well, there are a number of possible reasons, but if he is acting angry toward you, it’s likely he thinks you are some sort of threat.

Though, there are of course other reasons why he could be angry as well. For one, he may see a cat.

Dogs and cats are notorious for not liking each other and trying to attack one another. The fact is, while it’s possible that you can get a dog and a cat to be friendly to each other, this is not common behavior.

Another source of his anger could be someone else. This person may be a threat, or it may not be. It could be a thief, or it could simply be the mailman delivering your mail.

Whatever the source is, it’s essential that you know what it is so you can deal with it appropriately and calm your dog down.

Can Great Pyrenees Be With Other Dogs?

While Pyrs are not exceptionally friendly to other dogs, it is possible for your Great Pyrenees to live with another dog if they are properly introduced.

The key to this is to introduce them slowly. Let them get used to each other so that they don’t feel rushed and get stressed out. All this will do is make the meeting much more stressful and may even ruin the entire meeting.

Unfortunately, I can’t say much about introducing dogs to each other, but I believe this article from the AKC (American Kennel Club) can help to give you a better idea to go about this.

Can Pyrs Be With Other Pets That Aren’t Dogs?

Great Pyrenees are known for being great with other animals. In fact, they were even bred to guard and protect sheep and work with peasant shepherds.

That being said, these dogs are still dogs and may hurt your animals like chickens and rabbits if you aren’t careful. That is why I recommend being cautious when first introducing your Pyr to other animals that aren’t dogs.


So, are Great Pyrenees affectionate dogs? Absolutely! Pyrs are loving and kind dogs that can get along with their family and other dogs and animals; just be careful when you’re first introducing your Pyr to them and when he is around strangers.

So, do you have a Great Pyrenees? If so, is it an affectionate dog? Let us know in the comment section below!

Are Great Pyrenees Stubborn? – What You Need To Know!

It’s been known that Great Pyrenees can be very stubborn at times as they have an independent nature, but you may wonder if that’s really true. That’s a great question.

The truth is that Great Pyrenees can be obstinate at times. While they adore their owners, they can become distracted, flee, or simply refuse to do as they are told. Because of this, it’s highly recommended that you at least do standard obedience training with your Great Pyrenees. Also, note that it really depends on the individual itself.

What To Do If Your Pyr Is Being Stubborn

Now, we know that Pyrs can be stubborn, but what do you do when he is acting this way?

It may feel very frustrating when your dog is stubborn. Believe me, I know exactly how it feels, but try not to get too angry as it doesn’t help anything. But, what does? Let’s find out!

Tell Him What You Want

While I’m not saying to literally tell him what you want, I am saying to reward him when he does good.

This helps tell him what you want and that he will be rewarded with treats and a lot of love for doing good.

Avoid Punishing Him

Another thing you want to do is avoid punishing him. While I know it may seem tempting, it probably won’t do any good and if anything, will make him think you’re just a bad person who likes to do bad things to him.

The best way to go about this is like I said earlier; reward him for doing good, not punish him for doing bad. This should just be more enjoyable for your dog and should actually train your dog a lot faster.

Take Him To Obedience Training

While it won’t always make a disobedient dog obedient, it can help show your dog how to act and why.

Just note that, like I just said, it’s not for every dog. Make sure that your dog feels comfortable and is actually learning, otherwise, it may not be a good choice to continue with obedience training.

Show Him You’re The Best Person In His Life

Lastly, show him that you’re the best and most important person in his life.

The best way to go about it may just be to play games with him and reward him for best behavior. Just make sure he knows you’re the most important (and funnest) person in his life.

Once he realizes this, he will likely become less disobedient, as he knows you’re a fun and loving person and should become more eager to please you.

What To Do If Your Pyr Runs Away

It’s important to know what to do when your dog runs away from you, otherwise he may run away from you and you won’t have a clue what to do.

So, what do you do when your Pyr is running away from you? Let’s find out.


The first step is to relax. While I know it may be hard to, when you’re panicked, you generally don’t make many good decisions.

When you’re panicked, you’re too busy thinking about what’s happening and not how to fix it.

Use Your Recall Word

If you’ve trained your dog properly, you should have trained your dog to respond to a recall word.

This recall word or phrase is there so that you can call your dog to come back to you no matter what the situation is. Of course, it’s likely you haven’t trained your dog to respond to recall word yet.

If you haven’t, I highly suggest that you do. But, you may be asking how? That’s a great question. I recommend checking out this article from the AKC if you’re interested in training your dog to respond to a recall word or phrase.

If you are in this situation though and you don’t have a recall word or phrase, I suggest you use the next tip.

Entice Your Pyr To Come Back

Enticing or bribing your dog to come back to you is another good way to get your dog back to you.

Now what do you entice your Pyr with? Anything that your dog enjoys and that you believe will entice them to return.

This is likely a treat box or their favorite toy (when in doubt, use the treat box). You can also call them back.

If you have a toy, try getting on the ground and acting like you’re playing with it and if it squeaks, squeak it a lot. While it may feel humiliating, if it gets your dog back, do it!

On the other hand, if you have a treat box, shake it a lot and say “treat.” I know my dogs love the word “treat,” and your dog will probably perk up if they hear it too.

Why Did My Pyr Run Away?

Now, you know how to bring a dog back to you, but why would your Great Pyrenees even run away from you in the first place?

That is a hard question to answer saying there are a number of reasons, though it’s likely one of these.

  • He saw a car
  • He saw a person
  • He saw another dog
  • He saw another animal other than a dog (i.e. a squirrel)
  • He was bored

He likely saw a person, a cat, a car, or another dog, but some dogs may also run away if he’s bored.

In order to prevent your dog from running away, I recommend that you first make sure he can’t get out, but also try to make his life fun and interesting so he wants to stay with you.

Do Great Pyrenees Have To Be On A Leash?

Generally, Great Pyrenees don’t have to be on a leash when he’s home, though if you do ever plan on walking him, I recommend it.

Why? Well, even though they are loyal dogs, they can get distracted and run away.

Is It Hard To Train A Great Pyrenees?

It is generally said that Great Pyrenees have a independent mind, so you may have some difficulties training them.

They were also bred to be guard dogs, and I believe that they were bred to have a more independent nature.


So, are Great Pyrenees stubborn? Well, it really depends on the individual, though they are typically loyal dogs, but they can get distracted easily.

So, do you have a Great Pyrenees? If so, is it loyal or stubborn or a little bit of both? Let us know in the comment section below!

Can Great Pyrenees Be Inside Dogs? (Answered!) 

Some of us enjoy staying inside rather than going out in the outdoors and would prefer if your dog would stay with us. So, a logical question you may ask when you’re planning on adopting a Great Pyrenees is “Can Great Pyrenees be inside dogs?’

It really depends. Most Great Pyrenees enjoy being outside and should stay outside for the most part and if you are going to get an adult Great Pyrenees, consider asking them if they have stayed outside most of their life. Otherwise, if you are going to keep a puppy, you may be able to keep him inside, though I don’t recommend that you do.

A white great Pyrenees with light orange patches inside a house
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Considerations Before Keeping Your Pyr Inside

If you do plan on keeping your Great Pyrenees inside, however, there are a few things you must take into consideration.

The fact of the matter is, if you’re going to keep a large dog inside, you’re going to need to consider a few things or else you may find yourself a bit unprepared. So, what should you consider? Let’s find out.

Where He Will Sleep

Great Pyrenees are very large dogs and will need a decently sized crate when he’s full-grown.

As a result, you’ll need to make sure you have a place for the crate. It should be in a quiet and dark place so that when your Great Pyrenees needs to rest, he will be able to relax.

How Often You’ll Take Him Outside

Another consideration you should take in mind is how often you’ll take him outside.

The fact is, Great Pyrenees, even if they are raised indoors, will probably still want to go outside.

Thus, you need to understand that he would probably need to go outside fairly often, as they were bred to be outside for very long periods of time. In fact, most rarely go inside at all.

How Much He Sheds

Lastly, you need to understand that Great Pyrenees shed a ton, especially in spring, their shedding season.

So, understand that if you are going to keep your Pyr inside a lot, expect to find a lot of dog hair all over your house.

This, of course, is horrible for people with dander allergies so if you allergies or you will have people over who have dander allergies, you should probably keep your Pyr outside.

Inside Or Outside; What Do Pyrs Prefer?

Now we know that you can keep Great Pyrenees inside, but what do Great Pyrenees actually prefer?

While we can’t understand all of what your Great Pyrenees think, we can understand that most Great Pyrenees tend to prefer staying outside rather than inside.

So, just keep that in mind if you are planning on keeping your Great Pyrenees inside.

Can Great Pyrenees Live In Apartments?

A lot of us live in apartments, but want a Great Pyrenees, So, is it doable? Personally, while I don’t know if it’s necessarily doable, I don’t recommend it.

Here’s why:

They Bark A Lot

First off, Great Pyrenees tend to bark a lot when they see cars, people, cats, and other dogs.

Thus, it can be annoying for others around you. In fact, some apartment complexes won’t allow dogs whatsoever, and this is probably one of their reasons

They Tend To Prefer To Be Outdoors

As I mentioned earlier, Great Pyrenees prefer to live outdoors rather than indoors.

Even if they were raised indoors, I still suspect that they would want to go outside multiple times a day.

While it is debated whether or not Great Pyrenees need a backyard, it is generally said that Pyrs do best in one.

They Don’t Like Being Around A Lot of Strangers

Another reason why I don’t recommend keeping your Pyr in an apartment is that there are generally a lot of strangers around apartments.

These could just be people passing through, but most likely, people who live there and are there often.

Unfortunately, Great Pyrenees don’t do well being around a lot of strangers, so you may find that your Pyr is uncomfortable in an apartment because of this reason.

They Are So Large

Lastly, the Great Pyrenees are large. So, even if your python is quiet and doesn’t like to be outside often, his size alone should discourage you from keeping him in an apartment.

Even though Pyrs don’t require a ton of exercise, they are very large dogs and need a lot of space, and apartments usually don’t meet that need.

Indoors Or Outdoors – What’s Better For Their Health?

What we also need to keep in mind is that it’s just a lot healthier to keep them outdoors rather than indoors, unless the weather isn’t fair.

Like humans, it’s just not healthy for your Pyr to be locked up all day in the house and even if they do go outside every now and then, they were bred to be primarily outside.

Pros & Cons To Keeping Your Pyr Inside

Now, let’s look into the pros and cons to keeping your Great Pyrenees inside.

For the pros, we have the fact that your Great Pyrenees will probably stay cleaner in general and in turn, will need less grooming.

For the cons, however, keeping them indoors will likely be unpleasant for your Great Pyrenees, since they were bred to stay outdoors for very long periods of time.

They are very large and prefer staying outside rather than inside. So, you may find that he’s just fit for the indoors.

So, unfortunately, the cons seem to outweigh the pros, and it’s best if you keep them outdoors.

Can Great Pyrenees Be Home Alone?

Yes, generally speaking, Great Pyrenees can be home alone while their owners are gone.

This does not, of course, mean that you can leave your Pyr alone for hours at a time, so I recommend that you research a bit more about this.


So, can Great Pyrenees be inside dogs? Generally speaking, it’s best if they are kept outdoors, but you could probably pull it off if he was raised indoors.

Do you have a Great Pyrenees? If so, do you let it in often? Let us know in the comment section below!

Can Irish Setters Live Outside? – Answered!

There are people out there who’d rather have their dog outside rather than inside as they just don’t like their dog messing up their house. So, a question that may pop up in your mind when you’re adopting an Irish Setter is “Can Irish Setters live outside?

Generally speaking, no. Irish Setters cannot live outside as they enjoy to be around their owners, though they love the outdoors and it never hurts to take them outside. Just note that when it comes to keeping them outside all the time, this is just not recommended. If you’d like to learn more about Irish Setters living outside along with some fun outdoor activities, I suggest you keep reading.

An Irish setter standing in a field of grass
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How Long Can Irish Setters Stay Outside?

As to how long an Irish Setter can stay outside, it’s really whenever he wants in. He will tell you when he has enough.

However, generally speaking, after about a few hours, you may consider taking him inside, but it really depends on the outside weather.

If it’s extremely hot or cold outside, consider lowering the amount of time he’s outside, but your Irish Setter can still get the exercise he needs. Just try not to waste any time laying or sitting around for very long.

Can Irish Setters Sleep Outside?

No, Irish Setters should not sleep outside. While Irish Setters love the outdoors, you shouldn’t let him stay outside overnight.

This is especially true when their it’s storming and the temperature is just not comfortable.

Considerations Before Leaving Your Irish Setter Outside

Now, we know that Irish Setters can’t live outside, but this, of course, doesn’t mean that he can’t be outside.

In fact, most Irish Setters love being outside, but if you are going to take your Irish Setter outside, but there are a few considerations like food and water supply, insects like fleas and ticks, and the outside temperature.

Food & Water Supply

The food and water supply is, of course, very important if your Irish Setter is going outside. This is especially true when it comes to the summer and spring.

During the warmer months, your dog will drink and eat a lot more so you will have to check on his food and water more, but you will also have to check on it during the colder months also.

While he may not eat or drink any more than usual, you will have to worry about the water and food freezing over if you leave it out for too long.

Of course, if you live in a warmer area, you may not have to worry about this, but even warmers areas like Arkansas where I live will have nights that go below freezing in the fall and winter.

So, because of this, make sure your dog has plenty of warm water in the fall and winter and replace it if it begins to freeze over.

Consider checking their food and water ever hour.

Ticks, Fleas & Other Pests

Ticks, fleas, and other pests are another problem you may deal with in all the seasons.

While it is true that insects like fleas and ticks are found less often in the fall and winter, this doesn’t mean they won’t be a problem from time to time.

You see, during the cold months, insects like fleas and ticks seek a warm shelter, and typically speaking, that warm shelter will be an animal, and possibly your Irish Setter.

So, even though they are less of a problem in the cooler seasons, don’t let that fool you into thinking they won’t be a problem at all.

If you’re interested in finding a good flea and tick repellent, I suggest checking out this article from The Spruce Pets.

The Outside Temperature

Lastly, the last consideration we will be talking about is the outside temperature.

As I mentioned earlier, the outside temperature can drastically change the amount of time your Irish Setter can go outside.

While it is true that Irish Setters have a thicker coat, there are still temperatures that are too cold for them.

Fun Outside Activities For Your Irish Setter

Now, what are some fun activities that you can do with your Irish Setter?

That’s a great question. Let’s find out.


Walks are a very common activity and I know that it’s very popular. In fact, you may say that it’s boring, but it really depends on where you walk.

If you were to walk up and down your neighborhood street, that wouldn’t be as fun as going to a forest or a beach.

Not only can it be a great experience for you, but also for your dog as well. There are almost always new smells, new animals to watch, and new people to meet.


Fetch is another activity that’s very common, but I think I should still add it on the list.

Fetch is simple so it’ll be easy for your dog to understand what to do and it can also give your dog the exercise he needs.


Geocaching isn’t as common to do with your dog than, say, fetch, but it’s a great way to spend some time with your dog.

If you’re a bit confused with what geocaching actually is; let me explain. Geocaching, according to Wikipedia, is an “outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called ‘geocaches’ or ‘caches’, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.”

Going To A Dog Park

Going to a dog park is another fun way to spend some time outside with your dog, but there is a problem that may arise.

You see, as you let your Irish Setter go to dog parks more often, it’s likely that he will begin to think that you have no control over him.

When you go to a dog park, you leave him alone with a lot of other dogs to do almost whatever they want. So, this would make sense that he would think this.

If you still don’t understand why he’d think this, think of your dog as a small child. He doesn’t always know what you mean, so he can easily take things the wrong way.


The last activity we will be talking about today is swimming.

Swimming is not only fun, but also a great way to get exercise.

Just note, however, that while Irish Setters typically like the water, that doesn’t always mean some individuals will care for it. In fact, he may not even like it at all.

If you’d like to learn more about this subject, I suggest you check out this article I wrote. If you’re interested, here’s the link.


So, can Irish Setters live outside? I’m afraid Irish Setters cannot live outside, but they do love the outdoors!

Do you have an Irish Setter? If so, how often do you let it outside? Let us know in the comment section below.

Are Irish Setters Hyper? (Answered + Cute Video Inside)

Some of us are more active than others, and generally speaking, active people want active dogs, while more relaxed people want more relaxed dogs. So, when you’re planning on adopting an Irish Setter, a logical question to ask is, “Are Irish Setters hyper?”

Irish Setters are fairly hyper. While they don’t have infinite stamina, they are for the active dog owner as they need daily exercise. Just make sure not to make them do anything more than they need. If you’d like to know more about Irish Setters being hyper, along with some fun activities, and a cute video, I suggest you keep reading!

Daily Exercise Requirements For Irish Setters

Now, we understand that Irish Setters require daily exercise, but how much and what kind?

As to what kind, exactly, we will be talking about that in the next section, but as to how much, it really depends on the individual.

We do know that most Irish Setters are pretty active. So, consider walking your Irish Setter at least a couple times a day, though more than this would be even better.

Of course, if you have a backyard, this would be even better as you can let him essentially exercise himself, but not everyone has one.

You can also try exercising your dog inside. While he can’t get too much physical exercise inside, he can get plenty of mental exercise, which Irish Setters need just as much of.

We will be talking more about inside activities later in this article.

Fun Outdoor Activities For Irish Setters

What are some fun outdoor activities for Irish Setters? This is a great question!

Let’s find out.


The first outdoor activity we will be talking about is fetch.

I know what you’re probably thinking. “It’s just fetch!” “We all know what fetch is!” You’re right, and it’s so popular for a reason.

Not only is it simple, so your dog will understand what to do, but it can also give your dog the exercise that he needs.

Walks & Jogs

Walks and jogs are another popular activity that you can do with your dog, and for a good reason too.

Like fetch, your dog can get the exercise he needs, but there are more smells and animals to watch.

Even going down the street of your neighbor hood can be a great experience for your dog, but other places like beaches and forests are even better.

Not only is it great for your dog, but it’s also great for you as well.

Going To A Dog Park

Okay, dog parks are definitely a consideration, but we need to understand there are considerable cons.

Even though dog parks appear to be relatively harmless, as they are simply places for your dog to run and play with other dogs, there may be some behavior issues that arise.

If you take your dog to a dog park often, he may eventually get the idea that you really have no control over him and that he can do as he pleases.

You may think that this is just nonsense, but we need to realize that dogs think and act differently than people.

Consider your dog to be similar to a small child (I say almost for a reason). He can’t understand everything you do, and he often takes things the wrong way.


Swimming is another fun activity that you can do outside.

Just remember that there is a small possibility that your Irish Setter won’t actually want to swim.

If you want to learn more about Irish Setters swimming, I have made another article about that. If you’re interested, here’s the link!

Bird Watching

The last outdoors activity we will be talking about is bird watching. This activity is my favorite.

Why? Because not only can you do other activities like walking and jogging, but you can also see all the beautiful birds in your area. Bird watching can also be a great experience for your dog.

 Fun Indoor Activities For Irish Setters

Now, what are some fun indoor activities for Irish Setters? This is another great question.

Let’s find out.

Obstacle Course

An obstacle course can be a great way to use the usually unneeded objects in your house to make something that is fun for both you and your dog.

Just remember that your Irish Setter may be a bit hesitant to go through it at first, especially if they’re tired.

Obedience Training

Training for many of us sounds more of a boring task than a fun activity, but it can be beneficial for both you and your dog.

Consider teaching your Irish Setter how to sit, stay, “talk,” beg, and roll over. Sit and stay are especially important and can be used in everyday life.

Hidden Treasure

Hidden treasure is when you take three cups (make sure they aren’t clear) and put a treat under one of them when your dog isn’t looking.

Then, let him sniff out the treat without even knowing where it is.

This activity is a great way to get your dog to use the nose that he was designed for. It can also be a fun activity for you too.

Why Is My Irish Setter Acting Excited?

We now know a lot, but you may still be curious about why your Irish Setter gets so excited.

First, I want to remind of what excitement really is. Excitement really means an arouse into action. So, technically speaking, stress can also be excitement.

Of course, excitement also can be more positive as well.

So, what caused your Irish Setter to be so excited? Let’s look at a few possibilities.

  • He heard a car or a person
  • He saw someone, a car, or another animal
  • He hears or think he hears a treat box or bag

How To Calm Your Irish Setter Down

While it’s good for a dog to be excited, let’s be honest, sometimes they can get on our nerves when they are.

So, how can I calm an Irish Setter down?

Speak Quietly

Speaking quietly can help calm an excited dog, similar to how to calm an angry dog.

Restrain from yelling at your Irish Setter. If they’re running around and you yell at them, their feelings can turn from excitement to shame very quickly.

Also, it may not even help whatsoever. So, keep quiet and don’t act excited yourself.

Hold Your Dog & Show It Some Love

If your dog is stressed (remember, that can also mean excited), make sure you hold him and show him some love.

Have you ever been stressed and just wanted someone to comfort you? When he’s stressed, he may feel the same way.

Do note, however, that this opens the door to some behavior problems if you do this a lot. While it may not happen, do note that he may become more dependent on you.

Stop The Source

Lastly, stop the source of his excitement if you really want to stop it all together.

As I mentioned earlier, the source may be a cat, a car, a person, or another dog.

While you may not be able to necessarily stop the source, you may be able to separate the source from your dog.

He may already be separated, only he can see it. If this is the case, close the windows and try to distract him.


So, are Irish Setters hyper? It really depends on the individual, but in general, most Irish Setters are very active dogs.

Do you have an Irish Setter? If so, what kind of indoor and outdoor activities do you do with him? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Are Irish Setters Aggressive? (Answered + Cute Video)

As dog owners, we want to make sure our dog is not aggressive and is under control, for our sake and, if you have a family, theirs as well. So, when you’re planning on adopting an Irish Setter, a logical question you would ask is “Are Irish Setters aggressive?”

Generally speaking, no, Irish Setters are not aggressive. Irish Setters love their family and won’t hurt them intentionally unless they feel threatened.. Just note that they can still become aggressive if they feel like they should, since Irish Setters are still dogs. If you’d like to learn more about Irish Setter aggression, I suggest you continue reading this article.

As you can see here, Irish Setters are not aggressive, but kind and loving dogs!

Are Irish Setters Good With Children?

Irish Setters are loving and patient which makes them great with children. Irish Setters probably wouldn’t intentionally hurt your child or children, though, you may have to worry about the child hurting the dog.

We all know that children (especially when they’re younger) can get pretty rough at times, even if they don’t mean to.

So, your child may accidently hurt your Irish Setter on accident if he isn’t careful. This is why it’s important to teach your children how to interact with your dog without hurting it. Even though they are great family dogs, they are still dogs nonetheless.

Can Irish Setters Be With Babies?

As with older children, your Irish Setter may accidentally hurt your baby, but you can help avoid this by simply supervising them when they’re around each other.

Your baby probably won’t hurt your Irish Setter either, but again, always supervise them both to make sure neither of them get into trouble.

Can Irish Setters Be With Other Dogs? 

Yes, generally speaking, Irish Setters are affectionate and can live with other dogs if they are introduced properly.

I would like to put a little more emphasis on “introduced properly,” however. Even though Irish Setters can coexist with dogs, they will most likely cause problems if they are not introduced properly.

Even if your Irish Setter acts fine throughout the process, the other dog may not.

The key to introducing two dogs to each other is not rushing it. Give them time to smell each other (there’s probably going to be a lot of that) and get comfortable around each other.

If you rush them, they will likely get a bit stressed and may lash it out on each other.

When I asked Irish Setter owners on Facebook if they had any other dogs, here are some of the responses I got.

We once had seven dogs (death in the family). Three setters, 1 cattle dog and three terriers. One of the terriers picked fights a couple of times. The setters never did.

Judith Lukas

Yes I have 6, and no dramas between them.

Jocelyn Sizer

I have three. No drama.

JoAnn Hall

Can Irish Setters Be Around Other Pets That Aren’t Dogs?

As gentle and patient as Irish Setters are, they are still dogs, and worst of all, they were bred to kill game.

So, can Irish Setters be around other pets that aren’t dogs? Probably not, and especially not when it comes to smaller animals like chickens and rabbits.

If you do have any other animals, however, make sure that he can’t get to them. Pets like fish won’t be a problem, but other animals like chickens or birds can.

What To Do When Encountered By An Aggressive Irish Setter

While Irish Setters are affectionate dogs, it’s crucial you still know what to do in case he becomes aggressive.

What I say here applies for all dogs, though we are primarily talking about Irish Setters.

So, what to do you when you encounter an aggressive Irish Setter?

Back Away

This may sound like a no-brainer, but you have to back away. However, make sure you back away slowly. Running away can trigger your dog’s instincts and make the entire situation a lot worse.

Think about yourself for a moment. Have you ever been stressed and just wanted people to go away for a while? Your dog, when he’s aggressive, probably feels the same way.

Calm Down & Speak Quietly

Also, calm down. When your dog is angry, the way you act may come across as a threat or a signal to attack.

Acting jittery and scared turns on the signal in your dog’s brain to attack.

So, to make sure this doesn’t happen, remain calm and never make any sudden movements. It doesn’t make your dog feel any better, and you probably won’t make any better decisions.

Stop The Source of Their Anger

Lastly, find the source of their anger and deal with it appropriately.

Of course, if it’s you, then you have full control over yourself, but this may not always be the case.

If the source is another animal, such as a dog or a cat, try to get your dog away from it without making it any more angry.

If it’s a passing car or person outside the window, this source with naturally go away. If this is the case for you, try to calm the dog down until the source is gone.

If the car or person doesn’t leave, make sure you know that they aren’t doing anything wrong before you shrug it off.

Why Did My Irish Setter Get Aggressive?

As I mentioned earlier, you need to stop the source of the aggression, but in order to do that, you need to understand what’s the source of his aggression.

Below are some of the possible sources of aggression.

  • Sickness (i.e. rabies, lacerations, arthritis, various brain tumors)
  • Someone passing by (i.e. the mailman)
  • A car is passing by (i.e. your neighbor going to or leaving their house, the mailman)
  • Another animal (i.e. a cat or another dog)
  • Your dog is trying to assert dominance


So, are Irish Setters usually aggressive. No. In fact, Irish Setters are generally very affectionate dogs. Just remember that they are still dogs and can get aggressive if they feel like they should.

Do you have an Irish Setter? If so, can you recall if your Irish Setter ever got aggressive?

Can Irish Setters Be Left Alone? – Answered

We all have to go places where we can’t take our dog with us, so if you’re planning on adopting an Irish Setter, or you already have one, you may wonder, “Can Irish Setters be left alone?” This is a great question.

The answer is yes, Irish Setters can be left alone, but many Irish Setter owners have problems leaving their dog alone as they can develop separation anxiety. Learn how to properly train your Irish Setter to stay alone for long periods of time, otherwise, you may come across some problems. If you’d like to learn more about leaving Irish Setters alone, I suggest you keep reading.

A close-up of an Irish Setter panting

How Long Can Irish Setters Be Left Alone?

Personally, I wouldn’t leave your Irish Setter for any longer than a few hours at a time. As I mentioned earlier, Irish Setters can develop separation anxiety.

If you want to go any longer than this, I suggest you get someone to check on your dog often, give him some food and water when he needs it, and, of course, a lot of love.

Can I Have An Irish Setter If I Have A Full-Time Job?

Well, that’s great, but you may have a full-time job, and you just can’t be with your dog all the time. This is understandable, but unfortunately, Irish Setters don’t like being alone for very long periods of time.

You may be able to pull it off, however, if you have a work-at-home job. Work-at-home jobs are fairly popular nowadays, and this, of course, would be much better than a full-time job outside of the house.

How Often Can Irish Setters Be Left Alone

Now, as to how often and for how long you can leave an Irish Setter alone, the less often, the better.

Just don’t leave your Irish Setter any longer than he has to. While they can be left alone, that doesn’t mean they should be left alone or that they can even do so mentally without training.

Are Irish Setters Prone To Separation Anxiety? 

Generally speaking, yes. Irish Setters are known to get separation anxiety, but individuals may be different.

Signs of separation anxiety include anxious behavior like pacing, whining, or trembling when you leave or get ready to leave the house, excessive howling or barking when you’re gone, and destructive behavior when you leave them alone.

While it’s not guaranteed that your Irish Setter will have this behavior problem, it’s important that you know and understand the signs in case you ever do.

What To Do If You Have To Leave Your Irish Setter

What do I do if I have to leave my Irish Setter for a long period of time? This is a great question.

Let’s find out.

Get Someone To Keep Your Irish Setter For You

If you are going to leave your Irish Setter for a while, consider getting someone to keep your Irish Setter for you.

It may cost some money, but you don’t want to leave your dog unattended and have him destroy your home.

Just make sure that whoever you let dog sit your Irish Setter, you know that you can trust them. There are people out there who can and will hurt or sell your dog.

Take Your Irish Setter Outside

If you’re going to leave your dog for a shorter period of time, however, consider taking your dog outside.

The outdoors is an amazing place for your dog. In the outdoors, there are always new smells, sounds, and things to watch and chase.

It’s also more freeing for your dog and, unless you have a tiny yard, offers a lot more room to run and play.

Just remember not to let him outside unless the weather is fair. Irish Setters just aren’t made to be in extremely cold or hot temperatures.

Give Them Plenty of Distractions

Whether your dog will be indoors or outdoors, some distractions are a great way to make time go faster for your dog.

The distractions can be toys and treats, or you could also get another dog.

If you are going to leave your Irish Setter alone for very long, however, I suggest you train your dog to behave better while you’re gone.

Training Your Irish Setter To Behave Better

While you can’t cure separation anxiety, it is possible to train your Irish Setter to behave better if he doesn’t like to be alone.

The first way to help treat separation anxiety is crate training. Why does this help, you ask? The crate can offer a safe and comfortable place for your dog when he’s stressed; the crate can be his second best friend.

The second way we will be talking about in this article is exercise. While this alone may not necessary make any huge difference, this coupled with crate training can help treat (not cure) separation anxiety.

I’m afraid I can’t cover everything to treating separation anxiety, but I think this article from the AKC can help give you a better idea.

What To Do When You’re Keeping Your Irish Setter Inside

When you’re keeping your Irish Setter inside (or really any dog for that matter), it’s important that your dog has plenty of food and water, so make sure that he has plenty of it at all times when you’re gone.

Your Irish Setter also needs a good resting area, so make sure that their crate door is open.

Lastly, get a few toys to help distract your dog while your gone. As I stated earlier, toys are a great distraction to help pass the time.

What To Do When You’re Keeping Your Irish Setter Outside

If your going to keep your dog outside, food and water is even more important. This is especially true if it’s warmer outside.

You may have a problem with the water freezing over if it’s very cold outside, however, so you may need to check in on occasion to replace the old water.

Toys and treats are not as necessary as the outdoors has many experiences that alone can entertain your dog, but it won’t hurt to throw a few toys outside.

Lastly, if you’re going to go overnight, you may want to open the door to his crate just so he can rest when he pleases.


So, can Irish Setters be left alone? Yes, they can, but that doesn’t mean that it’s okay if they’re left alone all the time.

Do you have an Irish Setter? If so, how long do you usually leave him outside?

Can Irish Setters Swim? – What You Need To Know!

If you’re planning on going to a beach, a pool, or a lake and you want to take your Irish Setter with you, you’re probably going to ask, “Can Irish Setters swim?” This is a great question.

The answer is yes! Irish Setters are known to be amazing swimmers who love it too! Do note, however, that you still need to train them to swim as you will still encounter some who are hesitant about swimming. The fact is, while most dogs are born swimmers, some still need a little help getting into the water.

How Long Can An Irish Setter Swim?

As to how long an Irish Setter can swim, it really depends on the individual. Some will like to play in the water a lot, while others may be a bit tired on that day.

However, I wouldn’t let your Irish Setter stay in the water more than an a few hours at a time, though, it’s likely he won’t want to be any longer than that anyway.

The reason why I say this is because land animals aren’t meant to be in the water for extremely long periods of time and may develop hypothermia if they do.

How To Teach Your Irish Setter How To Swim

If you want to be extra sure your Irish Setter can swim well, you may want to take him to swimming lessons, but you can do this yourself.

With dedication, persistence, and some supplies, it is possible to get your dog used to the water. If you want to go this route, I have listed a few tips and reminders to make sure you know what you’re doing.

Get A Life Jacket 

This is more of a must than a tip or trick. You should always get a life jacket if you’re worried that your Irish Setter won’t be able to swim well (not that it would happen, but just to be on the safe side), but it can also make your dog just a little more confident.

Once he realizes that he actually floats, he should be more likely to try to swim, but he won’t feel panicked either.

He may or may not like the life jacket at first, but getting a life jacket is a must if you want your Irish Setter to get used to the water.

Use A Toy To Encourage Him To Swim

Sometimes, if your dog seems a bit hesitant to get into the water, a toy (like a ball) can help encourage him to go into the water.

This method seems to be preferred over others, and the method makes a lot of sense too.

Dogs naturally like to chase things, whether the thing they’re chasing is running on the ground or even flying close to the ground. So, another great way to encourage him is to just throw his favorite toy into the water.

Get Him A Swimming Buddy

Ever got really nervous to try something new, but once a friend did it you realized it wasn’t actually so scary after all? This is common amongst people and the same goes for dogs as well.

So, consider getting a swimming companion for your dog that already knows how to swim. This can help encourage your dog to get into the water and swim with the other dog.

What If My Irish Setter Is Still Hesitant?

If your dog is still hesitant about swimming, don’t force him. Some dogs just don’t like the water. But, if you want to be sure he just doesn’t like water, try taking him swimming another day.

It’s possible that your Irish Setter just isn’t feeling up to getting in the water and would rather try another day.

What’s The Best Place To Take My Irish Setter Swimming? 

2 Irish Setters running into a lake

Now, we know that Irish Setters can swim, and we also learned about some tips and tricks to get your dog into the water and swimming, though you still may wonder, “What’s the best place to take my Irish Setter swimming?”

That’s a great question. Let’s find out.


The first most popular place to go swimming that we will be talking about are pools.

Pools are readily available and you yourself may even have one, though they are also very expensive to buy and maintain.


Lakes are also a popular place to go swimming, and they’re also fairly common. I know I live less than half an hour from a lake, and it’s possible you live close to one also.

Though, there are also a lot of other people who like to be on lakes, especially in the spring and summer, So, you may want to avoid them if your Irish Setter doesn’t like people.


The last place we will be talking about is beaches. Beaches are great places to take your dog swimming if you’re looking to also take a lot of pictures, though there are some cons as well.

First off, you may not live by a beach, so it may cost a lot of money to go to one. Second, there are a ton of people during the summer, and even if your Irish Setter love people, you may not.

Of course, whether or not you should go to the beach is your decision. Just consider the pros and the cons.

Preparing Your Irish Setter To Swim – What To Do

Now, what should you do when you’re preparing your Irish Setter to swim?

First, if you’re worried that you don’t if your Irish Setter will want to swim (not that you would have to that much), get a life jacket and a few toys to help encourage him to get into the water.

And lastly, get a few towels to help dry him off. If he isn’t properly dried, it is possible he can get hypothermia so much sure he is dry enough.

What To Do After Your Irish Setter Swims

As your Irish Setter gets out of the water, make sure you properly dry him off.

Then, check his ears and skin as dogs are generally sensitive to chlorine so it can irritate their skin

Lastly, give your Irish Setter some food and water. It’s likely he’ll be hungry and thirsty, especially if he swam for very long.

You may also want to get a drying agent for your dog’s ears. If his ears aren’t dry, it’s possible they can get ear infections.

Do Irish Setters Like To Swim?

As I mentioned earlier, Irish Setters love to swim. It’s generally known that Irish Setters not only are great at swimming, but enjoy it as well.

Though, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t come across some individuals that won’t like the water. While it’s not likely you will, there is a chance.


So, can Irish Setters swim? Not only can they, but they also love it too! Just remember you may still need to encourage them to get into the water.

Do you have an Irish Setter? If so, how often do you take your Irish Setter swimming?

Can Great Pyrenees Be Black & White? (Answered!)

I’m sure we all have our favorite colors of dogs and if you’re wanting to get a Great Pyrenees, you may ask whether or not Great Pyrenees can be black and white

Yes, while you usually don’t see black and white Great Pyrenees, they do exist. However, I can’t promise that you will find one in your area, as they aren’t that common. In fact, most people don’t even know that they exist! So, if you want to adopt another color of Great Pyrenees, I highly recommend that you keep reading this article!

What Are The Great Pyrenees Colors?

We now know that black and white Great Pyrenees actually do exist, but it isn’t a very common color among Great Pyrenees, so you may be better off getting a different color.

So, what are all the Great Pyrenees coat colors? Let’s find out!


A fluffy white Great Pyrenees standing on snow

The white variation is by far the most common amongst all the colors. White Great Pyrenees don’t have to be all white, though most of the body has to be.

Sometimes, this variation may be mistakened as the only variation, but as you know, this is a myth.


Black Great Pyrenees aren’t actually pure black, but a large portion (at least 1/3) has to be for it to be considered “black.”

Unfortunately, this color variation is not that common compared to white, so you may have some trouble finding one.


A white Great Pyrenees with very light orange ears

The orange variation is not literally pure orange. In fact, you may have a hard time distinguishing them from the white, though they do have a difference.

“Orange” Great Pyrenees have light orange patches around their heads or other parts of their bodies. The color can be found in a variety of shades.

Salt & Pepper

Salt and pepper is like the “black” variation, only a lot more white. The coloration is a lot like that of a border collie or a cow when they are younger, though as they mature, the black begins to spread throughout the body.

This is the best black and white variety in my opinion, though if you want a Great Pyrenees with more black, you might want to look for a “black” Great Pyrenees.

Full Blaireau

The full Blaieau variety is similar to the orange as it’s hard to distinguish between white and this color variation.

The key difference between this variation and the white variation is that the ears and other parts of the body are a light gray.

They also have somewhat orange-tinted fur, though it isn’t quite as profound as “orange” Great Pyrenees.

What Coat Color Is The Most Popular Amongst Pyr Owners?

Though I can’t speak for everyone, what most Pyr owners tend to like the best is white which is understandable as it’s one of the most readily available variations for Great Pyrenees.

When I asked on Facebook what their favorite color of Great Pyrenees is, as would have been expected, the majority said white, though a few also said “white chocolate,” which is white with brown patches.

What Coat Color Is The Most Common For Pyrs?

White is also the most common color you generally find for Great Pyrenees. In fact, it’s so common, some may mistaken it as the only color variation.

Of course, as you know, this is not true, and while most Great Pyrenees are white or are primarily white, there are still other variations, even though they aren’t nearly as common as white.

What Is The Rarest Coat Color For Great Pyrenees?

While I can’t say exactly what the rarest coat color is for Great Pyrenees, full blaireau Great Pyreees are fairly rare, but this is not the rarest color variation.

What’s typically considered one of the rarest color variations ever is any coat with “red” or “brown” on it.

While I obviously don’t mean literal red, there is a color variation that is brown only it has more of a red tint to it. This color is typically called “red.”

Coat Colors That Great Pyrenees Cannot Have

Now, we learned about the coat colors that Great Pyrenees can have, let’s look at a few coat colors they can’t have.

Pure Black

While I said that “black” Great Pyrenees exist, they aren’t pure black, and there is no such thing as a pure black Great Pyrenees.

Again, while there are Pyrs that have patches of black or even mostly black, you’ll likely find at least some spots that are white.

Pure Red

Pure red is also not a possible color variation for Great Pyrenees.

Of course, like I said earlier, I’m not talking about actual red. Instead, what I’m talking about is a red similar that you may find on a Shiba Inu or Dachshund.

It’s even rare to find red spots on a Pyr. In fact it’s so rare most people don’t even know they exist!

Pure Brown

It’s also not possible to have a pure brown Great Pyrenees. Like red, the brown color at all is generally not found on Great Pyrenees.

So, don’t expect that you’ll find a Great Pyrenees with any amount of brown on him any time soon. Like I said, brown is rarely, if not never, seen on a Great Pyrenees.


So, can the Great Pyrenees be black and white? There are two variations (“black” and “salt and pepper”) that are technically black and white, but if you want a black and white Great Pyrenees, I suggest you get one of the salt and pepper variety, though I can’t guarantee you’ll find one up for adoption!

Do you have a black and white Great Pyrenees? Let us know in the comment section below!

Are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels High-Maintenance?

We all want a dog that is easy to care for, right? So, when you’re planning on adopting a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (CKCS), a logical question you would ask is “Are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels high-maintenance?

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are generally higher maintenance. Expect to have to spend a fair amount of your time each day caring for this dog breed. But, they make up for it with their calm and loving temperament. Cavaliers love children and are generally friendly dogs. Just note that they take some time to care for.

So, what are their basic caring requirements? Let’s find out!

A brown and white Cavalier King Charles Spaniel running in a field of grass
Image by Alexa from Pixabay 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Temperament 

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a very easy-going dog who will love its owner with its whole heart.

As stated before, this breed is very loving, easy to train, and overall very versatile. Cavaliers can be sporty dogs that are very active, or they can be couch potatoes.

Cavaliers should also behave around other pets, though they are still dogs and need obedience training. Even then, Cavaliers can still attack and even kill other animals if you aren’t careful. So, it’s best to keep Cavalier King Charles Spaniels away from other pets that aren’t dogs.

Basic Cavalier Grooming Requirements

So, how do you groom a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? Before we talk about grooming, let’s talk a little bit about training.

Why talk about training you ask? Well, it’s essential that your Cavalier is okay with you handling his feet, body, head, and legs. To do so, you must acclimate him.

Before you even groom your dog, get your Cavalier used to the sound of a hair blower on by simply turning it on for short periods of time around your dog.

Preservation breeders start grooming their dogs after 1 week of birth, while people who just adopted their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel should wait at least 1-2 weeks after they adopt their dog to groom them to get them used to their new home.

Now, let’s look at their basic grooming requirements, shall we?

How Often To Bathe A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

So, how often should you bathe a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?

Generally, you’re going to want to bathe your Cavalier occasionally to keep them looking their best.

Consider bathing them about once a month or every time they get in a mess.

Trimming Your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s Coat

Trimming your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s coat is necessary to keep it sanitary and “train” it.

Trim their coat regularly or every time it gets longer than you can handle. Some people may have time to care for a Cavalier with a longer coat, while others may want a shorter coat.

If you wish for a shorter coat, consider going to the groomers and asking for a “modified Cocker pet cut.”

Trimming Your Cavalier’s Nails

Also, trim their nails regularly for two reasons; to keep them from scratching people and to make sure that their nails don’t grow into their paws.

That’s right, if you leave your dog’s nails untrimmed for too long, it is possible for them to grow into their paw pads and your dog will have to go to the vet if this happens, so don’t let it!

Lastly, don’t forget the quick. So, don’t cut past it. If you’re afraid you’re going to mess up, I highly recommend checking out this article by the AKC (American Kennel Club) after you’re done reading this one.

Brushing Your Cavalier’s Teeth

Lastly, while you may not always think about brushing your dog’s teeth, it’s essential that your Cavalier’s teeth is clean strong.

You can also try dental treats, though not all dental treats are created equal.

I recommend checking out this article from WebMD about the types and benefits of dental dog treats.

Basic Cavalier Exercise Requirements

As mentioned earlier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels can be very sporty dogs or just your average couch potato!

On one hand, Cavaliers are very sporty dogs and love to run, jump and play with their human parents and doggie friends, while on another, they love to just lay on the couch or snuggle with their owner.

That doesn’t mean Cavalier King Charles don’t need exercise, however. Make sure that your Cavalier gets exercise every day so that he can stay fit and healthy.

Can Cavaliers King Charles Spaniels Be Alone?

Unfortunately, no, Cavaliers should not be alone for very long periods of time.

Cavs can also get separation anxiety which can make them very stressed when you are alone.

Even Cavs that don’t have SA still don’t like being alone for long periods of time. So, make sure you are with him as much as you can!

What Are The Common Health Conditions For Cavaliers?

Unfortunately, Cavaliers can get a lot of health conditions, so a logical question you would ask is “What are the common health conditions that Cavaliers can get?”

Let’s find out.

Luxating Patella

Luxating Patella is a common health condition where the patella luxates from the femur.

To put it in more laymen terms, it’s when the kneecap moves away from the socket and becomes dislocated.

Unfortunately, the only real symptom would be a sudden limp and perhaps a yelp when they do.

The fact is, dogs can hide pain and discomfort pretty well, so it may be hard to tell how much your dog is in pain or discomfort.

I recommend checking out this article from Hills about luxating patella if you’d like to learn the causes, prevention, and treatment of luxating patella.

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is when the ball and socket of the hip does not fit or develop properly and in turn grind together and deteriorate the bone till the point of the loss of the function of the entire hip itself.

It’s often associated with larger dogs, though the fact is, both large, giant, and small dogs alike can get this health condition.

The causes are generally genetics, though improper weight and diet can help cause this health condition.

I recommend checking out this article from the AKC about the causes, signs, ways to prevent, and treatment of hip dysplasia.

Mitral Valve Disease & Heart Murmurs

Mitral Valve Disease is a health condition where the mitral valves become weakened and do not open and close properly.

To say how severe this disease is would be hard to say cases are very different from each other. Some cases are less severe and can live without even any symptoms at all for their entire lives, while other cases, where the patient does not respond to medicine, can have their life expectancy shortened to weeks or even days.

Unfortunately, this disease is very common in Cavaliers, so make sure you understand this when you are planning on getting a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.


Cataracts is when the eye develops a cloudy film develops over the eyes which will reduce your dog’s vision.

Typically, cataracts are more prevalent in dogs than cats and are often found in certain breeds like the Cocker Spaniel, Boston Terrier, Poodle, Siberian Husky, Schnauzer, Old English Sheepdogs, Samoyeds, along with other dog breeds, though they can also occur in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

Cataracts are generally a sign of a bigger health condition. This is why I strongly recommend that you check with your vet if you believe your Cavalier has developed cataracts.


Lastly, obesity is another health condition that you may come across in your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel caring journey.

Generally, to help prevent and cure obesity, you’re probably going to change your dog’s diet.

The fact is, most dog owners are feeding their dogs a diet full of ultra-processed foods which is just bad for your dog’s overall health.

Consider feeding your dog a diet with more whole foods if you can afford it and lessen the amount of ultra-processed foods your dog eats.

How Hard Is It To Train A Cavalier?

Cavaliers are loving and eager to please their owner which makes them pretty easy to train.

Just note that some dogs with Small Dog Syndrome may become stubborn and defiant.

If you don’t know what Small Dog Syndrome is, it’s a behavior disorder, typically found in small dogs, where the dog thinks he is the “leader of the pack” and that he can do as he pleases.

I recommend checking out this article that I wrote on this website about the causes, treatment, and prevention of SDS.


So, are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels high-maintenance? While Cavaliers are not the most high-maintenance dog out there, they do require regular maintenance.

So, do you have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? If so, how often do you groom them? Let us know in the comment section below!

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