If you’re looking for a larger dog who is fun-loving, great with kids, and who will adore you unconditionally, then you might look to getting a Pyredoodle. If you haven’t heard of them before – which chances are you haven’t, given that there at the newer end of the Doodle spectrum – Pyredoodles are a cross between a Pyrenean Mountain Dog / Great Pyrenees and a Standard Poodle. As both these breeds are on the larger side, so too is the Pyredoodle, although you may be wondering just how big a Pyredoodle can get. In this article, view our Pyredoodle size chart and calculator to help answer that question.
The Different Types of Pyredoodles
Otherwise known as Pyreneespoo, Pyrepoo, and Pyreneesdoodle (phew, what a mouthful!), these majestic canines make excellent family pets. Calm, fearless, and loyal, Pyredoodles may be big, but with their keen-to-please personality and lower-than-average energy levels, they are fairly adaptable dogs. Believe it or not, they can even get used to living in an apartment given that they receive sufficient exercise throughout the day.
While they are loveable, they can also be quite independently minded, and they often inherit the Poodle curiosity by the truckload. This means that you will need to begin their training early and make sure you treat them with a firm and consistent hand. These may not be the best dogs for novice owners as they can be slightly on the stubborn side.
As mentioned above, this is a relatively new crossbreed, which means that many Pyredoodles are still first-generation Doodles. As such, it’s a little more challenging to make predictions on their size, appearance, and temperament. Yet second-generation Pyredoodles are starting to emerge with more consistent attributes.
Keeping a close eye on your pup’s growth patterns could tell you all you need to know about their adult size with the help of our excellent interactive puppy growth calculator.
For details on the different generations of Pyredoodles, see below:
|1st Parent||2nd Parent||% Great Pyrenees*||% Poodle*|
|F1 Pyredoodle (first-generation)||Great Pyrenees||Poodle||50%||50%|
|F1B Pyredoodle (first-generation backcross)||F1 Pyredoodle||Poodle||25%||75%|
|F1BB Pyredoodle (first-generation backcross backcross)||F1B Pyredoodle||Poodle||12.5%||87.5%|
|F2 Pyredoodle (second-generation)||F1 Pyredoodle||F1 Pyredoodle||50%||50%|
|F2B Pyredoodle (second-generation backcross)||F1 Pyredoodle||F1B Pyredoodle||37.5%||62.5%|
|F2B Pyredoodle (alternate cross)||F2 Pyredoodle||Poodle||25%||75%|
|F3 / Multigen Pyredoodle||F1B Pyredoodle or higher||F1B Pyredoodle or higher||Varies||Varies|
Pyredoodle Size Predictions
Having an understanding of your new puppy’s potential size is vital. With a Pyredoodle, you should generally expect to end up with a large dog. However, you could get a medium one if the parents are on the smaller size or if your pup inherits more of the Poodle than the Pyrenees genes.
There is whisper of Mini Pyredoodles where Great Pyrenees are being bred with Miniature Poodles. This would certainly follow the trend of the more established Doodle breeds. However, they aren’t common at present and so it might be a little trickier for you to get your hands on one of these dogs.
|Mini Pyredoodle||Standard Pyredoodle|
|Weight||35-55 pounds||55–160 pounds|
|Height||12-24 inches tall at the shoulder*||24-32 inches tall at the shoulder*|
|Age at Full-Grown||11-18 Months||12.5-24 Months|
In terms of growth patterns, the Standard Pyredoodle will likely reach close to their adult height somewhere between 12 and 18 months. They will continue to gain weight until their second birthday. For Minis, we can predict that they will be at their adult height by 12 months but will continue to grow outwards for a further 6 months beyond that.
This is why it’s particularly important that your Pyredoodle puppy gets the correct nourishment he needs to grow that adorable little body into a healthy adult one. Check out our guides on best dog food for Doodle puppies here.
Details on Mini Pyredoodles are based on approximations taken by combining information on the two parent breeds. There is a much wider range of outcomes for these due to the significant size difference between the Great Pyrenees and the Miniature Poodle. It’s harder to know what you are in for when taking on one of these dogs.
Pyredoodles generally reach half their full weight around 5 to 6 months and their adult weight at 24 months.
You can calculate their potential adult weight at 23 weeks by taking what they weigh at that age and multiplying it by two.
Mini Pyredoodles will likely reach half their full weight around 5 months and their adult weight at 18 months.
You might be able to calculate their potential adult weight at 18 weeks by taking what they weigh at that age and multiplying it by two.
A different formula you could use is:
At What Age Are Pyredoodles Considered Fully Grown?
Pyredoodles, as larger dogs, need a little more time to reach their adult size. However, like most canines, they still do an astonishing amount of their growing in the first 6 months of their lives. Beyond this, growth slows down somewhat, and your pup likely won’t reach their true adult weight until they are 2 years old, or 18 months if they are on the smaller side.
The parent dogs can provide a significant amount of information about the potential size of your puppy. Do also keep in mind that with the Great Pyrenees, the male is often quite a bit larger than the female. If you want a more specific picture of your dog’s growth and size potential, take a look at our interactive Doodle puppy growth calculator.
Pyredoodles are gentle giants with patient, loving hearts. They are as happy spending time alone as they are with their family. While Pyredoodles don’t need as much space as smaller yet bouncier Doodles, it is a good idea to factor their size in when deciding whether or not to adopt one of these beautiful dogs. Hopefully, the information provided here can help you to do this.
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The information on this page is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for qualified professional veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified animal health provider with any questions you may have.