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How Much Does a Great Pyrenees Cost in 2024?

Great Pyrenees Characteristics

  • Life expectancy: 10 – 12 years 

  • Adult weight: 100 – 120 lbs. 

  • Adult height: 85 – 110 in. 

  • Origin – France

You can get confused between a Great Pyrenees and a Pyrenean Mountain dog and that’s okay because they are the same. A livestock guardian breed from France, where it is also called ‘Patau,’ this breed comes from the mountains of Pyrenees and is a close relative of its Spanish counterpart, the Pyrenees Mastiff.

The parent breed of Leonberger, these Pyrenean dogs were once referred to as the ‘Royal Dog of France.’ It was the 1930s when the Pyrenean Mountain dog became the Great Pyrenees and also changed its guarding occupation to that of a show dog.

These are intelligent, independent, and protective dogs. The independent nature can come with a little stubbornness here. They might be used as show dogs, but even today, they are very much capable of guarding large properties.

What is the price of a Great Pyrenees? 

This mountain dog can be difficult to find, which usually means the initial buying cost is on the higher side. We will break down the price by categorizing it by initial buying/adoption costs, vaccinations, diets, healthcare, grooming, and miscellaneous expenses. According to Rover and the OVMA, here are the average costs of puppy ownership in Canada.

Buying: $1200 – $2200  

There are various ways to bring a Great Pyrenees home. You can contact a private breeder, visit a puppy farm, or adopt one from a local rescue shelter. Great Pyrenee's prices can be in the range of $1200-$2000 if you buy one from a reputed breeder. The cost can vary depending on many factors like age, health, gender, and coat color of the pup. Reputable breeders typically take good care of the pup before handing it over. Great Pyrenees puppy prices can be a little higher around $2200, compared to adult ones.

A Pyrenean Mountain dog’s price can be much lower if you opt for adoption. There are several adoption shelters that can help you find a dog to adopt, but finding a Pyrenean at one can be a bit challenging given the rarity of these dogs. There are some specialized groups dedicated to this breed like the National Great Pyrenees Rescue, from where you might find a Great Pyrenees dog for adoption. The cost to adopt a dog, on average, is about $100-$300. Sometimes, the cost can even be waived! Research shelters near you and contact them for more information.

Monthly costs for a Great Pyrenees

Diets: $60-$150

You know what they say: The bigger the size, the bigger the appetite. This holds true for this breed. A Great Pyrenees will require more food compared to smaller breeds like a Pug or a Shih Tzu. The monthly food costs can be in the range of $60-$150, but make sure you don’t compromise on the quality of the food. A couple of bucks saved now can potentially turn into big medical costs later on. One thing to note here is that this dog breed may experience certain gastric problems. It is recommended to get them elevated food bowls and that the daily food requirement is broken down into 2-3 small meals instead of 1 big one.

Grooming: $60-$200

This breed has a thick double coat on the outside with long and flat hair that tends to shed, especially in the shedding season. You can save some money if you groom your dog at home, but you will have to invest your time. Great Pyrenees need proper brushing 2-3 times a week, regular nail trimming, teeth and ear cleaning, and occasional baths. If you decide to groom at home, the cost of shampoo, brushes, dental kit and nail clippers could be around $60-$80. Teeth cleaning from a professional may cost around $250-$350. And professional grooming could cost around $100-$200 per session due to their large size.

Medical Costs: $900-$1200

During the first years, it is recommended you take your pet to the vet about 3-4 times annually. Vet fees can range from $100 to $300 and could include things like annual wellness exams and blood tests, among other recommended preventive care treatments. Other examinations and tests could cost you another $300-$400.

One-time costs for a Great Pyrenees

Initial Costs: $500-$600

Big boys need big toys. And this big breed will need big toys, among other big things like big beds, crates, food and water bowls, and even gates to help prevent the dog from falling down stairs, especially young puppies! Setting up the house for their welcome with all the necessary things they may need can cost you around $500-$600.

Microchipping: $50-$70

The average cost of microchipping is around $50, but may vary depending on where you live. Along with a dog license, it could cost an additional 10-20 bucks. Spot pet insurance encourages pet parents to get all their pets microchipped, as it can help increase the chances of finding a lost pet.

Vaccinations: $280-$300

There are certain core vaccinations that a Great Pyrenees would need. These include distemper, parvovirus, Adenovirus, type 1, Adenovirus, type 2, and rabies. All of these could cost you around $150-$200.

There are certain non-core vaccinations as well that are recommended by most vets for a Great Pyrenees. These include parainfluenza, Lyme disease, and leptospirosis. The cost of these vaccines can be around $130-$150.

Miscellaneous $100-$300

Dog walking, boarding, sitting, park passes, etc. are all additional expenses that can come up over the course of your dog’s life. These costs can range from around $100-$300 annually.

Lifetime Great Pyrenees Cost

The Pyrenees dog's annual price can be expected to be around $5000, including the initial cost of buying (lower for adoption). The costs may be lower after the first year at around $2000 per year. If we calculate the lifetime cost with an average life span of 10 years, the Great Pyrenees price range could cost around $25,000-$30,000 over its lifetime.


This intelligent breed from the mountains of Pyrenees can be a beautiful companion but also a big weight to your pockets, as maintaining a dog of this size can come at its own cost. However, the love it can provide to you and your family can make it all seem worth it. So go ahead if you’ve fallen in love with the breed already, take one home!

Happy Parenting to you and Lots of Love to your Pup!

  1. “How Much Does it Cost to be a Dog Parent?” Rover,, n.d.

  2. “Annual Cost of Owning a Puppy,” OVMA,, n.d.

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