5 Most Useful Grooming Tips for Great Pyrenees


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It doesn’t have to be hard to groom your dog, but it’s best to get off on the right foot. Here are the most useful tips I’ve found for grooming Great Pyrenees puppies and dogs so they’re more tolerant as adults!

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One reason we love Great Pyrenees Puppies beyond the practical usefulness of this working breed, is that they are relatively easy to care for. Their beautiful fluffy white fur looks like it may take hours and hours of care each day, but it really doesn’t.

Overall, Great Pyrenees Puppies are pretty easy to groom, but there are a few tips and tricks to taking the best care of these lovely dogs so keep reading for tips on taking care of ears, eyes, teeth, nails, and coat.

5 Useful Tips for Grooming Great Pyrenees Puppies

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Your Great Pyrenees puppy will be easier to groom if you start grooming her from a young age to condition her to love the attention. I have found Great Pyrenees puppies to be very easy going and accepting of grooming – much easier to care for than other breeds we have raised such as Labs & Goldens.

I recommend starting a Puppy Kindergarten of sorts when you first get your puppy. Take a few minutes each week to sit with your puppy and speak kindly to her while gently petting and touching her teeth, ears, and nails. Get her used to the grooming tools by touching her with them, and if she’s skittish at all, just touch her – don’t actually use them.

f you start when your puppy is young, she will get used to the grooming you will need to do as she ages. You can even take an online dog grooming course for the best results. We used to raise puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind and Puppy Kindergarten was a weekly ritual that both handlers and puppies really looked forward to! 

It was a time to connect with the puppies and relax a bit. See if you can’t implement something like this into your dog training regimen – it’s a really helpful tip for easy grooming.

How to Clean Great Pyrenees Ears

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Great Pyrenees Puppies should have their ears washed once a month to help avoid problems. Using an ear solution like will help your dog avoid wax build up and maintain a pleasant odor.

If you notice a strong or foul odor while cleaning her ears, your Great Pyr might have ear mites or an infection and might need to see the vet. To clean your Great Pyrenees Puppies’ ears – simply pour a small amount of Ear Rinse on a cotton ball and wipe around inside her ear being careful not to go too far into the ear canal.

How to Take Care of their Eyes

Sometimes Great Pyrenees Puppies can get weepy eyes with a reddish discharge that can stain their coat. If this happens, simply clean your dog’s fur with dog tear remover. Keep cleaning until his fur is lovely white again.

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How to Brush Great Pyrs’ teeth

I know you want to hear this, but you should brush your Great Pyrenees’ teeth. Like in humans, overall good dental care is indicative of health and well being, so once a month, get out the doggie toothbrush and the meat flavored toothpaste and give your dog’s teeth a good scrub.

If you notice lots of yellow on the teeth or puffy gums, you might want to have him checked out by a vet.

Useful Tips for Grooming Great Pyrenees

Grooming a Great Pyrenees Dog

So many people ask me if my Great Pyrenees’ fur is hard to care for. And honestly, it’s not. Granted, Nora is a working, outdoor dog, but she blows her coat only once a year in late summer and that’s pretty much it.

We do brush her once a month and remove any burrs or other offensive things we might find in her coat, but overall, she sheds so much less than other breeds we’ve had and we very rarely find our black clothes covered in offensive dog hair! We have a variety of brushes, but our favorite is the rake pictured above.

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Great Pyrenees puppies actually require very little bathing as their coat is naturally resistant to dirt – but that doesn’t mean they don’t love the dirt!! We bathe Nora only rarely, when her coat naturally takes on a bit of yellow color or she comes in contact with something super smelly.

If your Great Pyrenees has stubborn yellow spots, you may want to use this whitening dog shampoo to help remove them.

It’s recommend that you bathe your Great Pyrenees only once a month or less, because more often bathing removes some of the natural oils that make their fur so wonderfully resistant to most yuck.

How to Clip Great Pyrenees’ Nails & Dew Claws

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Great Pyrenees Puppies are unique for a lot of reasons, but one big difference between them and other breeds is their double dew claw on back paws. Great Pyrenees were originally mountain dogs and this double dew claw  helped them climb.

Since it rarely comes in contact with the ground, it needs a good clip at least every few months or it can grow backwards and get stuck in their paws. NO good! We like clippers like these because they have a guard to help you clip only a small amount.

Make sure you do have styptic powder on hand to stop any bleeding you may accidentally cause. Bleeding dog nails are no fun.

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Your vet may try to get you to remove the dew claws, but every reputable Great Pyrenees owner I’ve ever talked to says DON’T DO IT!! Our dog still has her dew claws and they cause zero issues. If there ever is a problem with Nora’s dew claws, we will deal with it.

For now, we just clip them every few months and all is well. I do recommend that you find a sturdy pair of nail clippers for dogs, and as I said previously, getting your Great Pyr puppy used to having his nails clipped early on will insure that he doesn’t fight you on this process.

While these tips are specifically written for Great Pyrenees Puppies and Dogs, they can be adapted to work with most any dog breed! The key here is to start your grooming your puppies when they’re young so they will be receptive to this important care as they age.

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. Gorgeous dog breed! I’ve always admire them. These are great tips for owners of the breed, and many other breeds for that matter!

  2. What a gorgeous dog (coming from a non-dog-person). Keep up the great work raising a pet and family at the same time.

  3. We had a smaller version because he was crossed with a shelty. Loved him alot, gentle and such a cuddler. Such an awesome dog


    1. HI Linda, we just got our 2 1/2 year old GPY boy a couple months ago. We Love him so much. We were hoping to move soon to find a pond and a couple acres so he could bark and neighbors won’t complain. We live here in Va. If you know of a small home and a couple acres and or a pond…Please let me know! Blessings and be safe, Edie

  5. Great article. I have Golden Retriever/Pyrenees mix that my mom got for me as a therapy dog (PTSD). It turns out that her litter was rescued from a puppy mill at six months old and two years later I’m still having trouble with grooming and training. She actually shakes in fear and runs away if she sees a brush in my hand. While she’s not working out as a PTSD dog (except for all the great snuggles), I love her and her absolutely incredible personality. Any suggestions on how I can overcome her fear of grooming? She was obviously abused before being rescued. Thanks a bunch.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear about this, Michael. I would start by simply snuggling with her in a position where it might be easy later to brush her. Give her treats but don’t even have a brush nearby when you first start this. When she’s comfortable in this position, start having a brush out, but don’t use it. Once she doesn’t act afraid of the brush being out, then I would very gently start using the brush for very short time periods. It will take a lot of time, love, and patience to help her through this. I hope these tips can help her! <3

  6. Hi Michelle, Thanks so much for these great grooming tips. My great prye is four months old and it’s burr season. We both hate me pulling them out of his fur ( 50 or more at a time.) But he does love his brushes. Your tip on the teeth is one I need to set up for. I can handle once a month on that.
    My biggest problem with him is he loves to bite, he’s learning bit force but has also learned I don’t like his teeth on me. So now he’s trying to train ME. LOL. he is in obedience training so we’ll work it out. His job is chicken guard and coyote chaser when he’s older. I have no doubt he
    Be great at them eventually. Thanks so much for your great articles. Such a help!
    Have a wonderful day from homemade food junkie. 🙂

  7. Hi
    I love your site so much!
    I have pyrs, chickens, geese, ducks and guineas as well as a large kitchen garden and lots of flower beds that I am trying to turn into pollination and hummingbird attracting plots.
    I do have an orchard which my husband takes care of most of the time (not the tree trimming) he finds the work a little much.
    Any clues about tree trimming?
    Anyway, I just wanted to say hi from Niagara Falls, Canada that is, I and don’t know where you are (haven’t look in you site).
    So hi, eh?