The Great Pyrenees, sometimes known as a Pyr, is a gentle of the canine world, with larger-than-life statures and a nice, calm, and loving demeanor. And with good reason: many Pyrs are between 25 and 32 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 85 and 150 pounds. Pyrs are calm, loyal, and loving family dogs that have made it their life's purpose to guard their flock.
The Great Pyrenees, which dates back to the 18th century B.C., is also one of the world's oldest dog breeds. That means the breed's rich and varied history provides lots of dog-naming inspiration.
Check out some of our favorite monikers for these super-sized and super sweet dogs.
Top Names for a Great Pyrenees
Many of the country's top 100 dog names can feel perfectly tailored for a Great Pyrenees. Want proof? We cherry-picked the best names for Great Pyrenees from the United States' top 100 dog names.
Tips for Naming Your New Dog
Your to-do list may seem endless when you're bringing a new puppy home. You could miss one minor thing while buying for your dog's gear, such as a super-sized, comfy bed and interesting toys, and preparing your home for a giant dog, like a Great Pyrenees—and all the loose hair that comes with it—your Pyr needs the proper name, too.
We recommend naming your dog after his personality, look, or history. Have a family brainstorming session, then make a short list of your family's top choices. Once you've met your new puppy, having a top 10 (or so) list can help you select the ideal name.
Looking for more advice? When choosing a name for your new dog, be sure to:
- Consider names with one to two syllables and hard consonants. These kinds of names will be easier for your dog to hear and understand.
- Avoid names that sound like a command or another word you'll use often. Naming your white dog Chalk may be confusing when you ask him to go for a walk, for example.
- Avoid names that could be embarrassing or even offensive. If you'd be embarrassed to hear your dog's name called out at the vet's office, strike it.
- Use your dog's name in a positive context whenever possible. She's going to hear it all the time, so try to make it as pleasant an association as possible.
Great Pyrenees Names Inspired by Their Coloring
Pyrs are recognized for their thick, white double coats, in addition to their gigantic size. While some Pyrs have brown, tan, or reddish patterns, the majority are a lovely, pristine white. Here are some of our favorite all-white dog names.
- Yuki (meaning "snow" in Japanese)
Great Pyrenees Names Inspired by Their History
The Great Pyrenees are said to have descended from ancient mountain dogs used to defend sheep flocks in Central Asia. Pyrs then went from Asia to southern France between 1800 and 100 B.C., where they continued to protect sheep herds and Basque families' houses. Over time, they continued to protect flocks and evolved into affectionate, faithful family dogs.
So, why not pay homage to the long, long history of your Great Pyrenees, and give her a name inspired by her ancestors' very first jobs?
Great Pyrenees Names Inspired by Mountains
Pyrs were frequently used as guard dogs in Asia's highlands and the Basque area, as previously indicated. So it's only natural to name your outdoorsy, mountain-sized mountain dog after a mountain, right?
Great Pyrenees Names from the Basque Language
Although the Basque language is spoken by less than one million people in a region stretching from northern Spain to southern France, it is rich with unusual dog names. Not to add that the Basque people adored (and used!) the Great Pyrenees.
- Alaia ("cheerful")
- Basa ("wild")
- Beltz ("black")
- Laguna ("companion")
- Leiala ("faithful")
- Maite ("love")
- Neska ("lass")
- Onsa ("good")
- Otsoa ("wolf")
- Zilar ("silver")
Other Dog Naming Ideas
Looking for more dog-naming inspiration? Check out these round-ups of cute, creative names: