As grand and wondrous as the Pyrenean mountains whence he comes, the Pyrenean Mastiff is an awe-inspiring guardian breed that remains one of Spain's best kept secrets. The Pyrenean Mastiff is rugged enough to weather the outdoors, though he prefers to be indoors with his family, to whom he is fiercely devoted. Here is everything an owner, or would-be owner needs to know, including information on: *History, from Spain to America *Characteristics of the breed *Breed standard *Pyrenean puppies, including advice on home preparation *Everyday care, including feeding, exercise, and groooming *Training *Health care, including selecting a vet and vaccinations *Showing your dog *Behavioral problems like barking, chewing, digging and what to do about them *And much more! Towering at over 32 inches at the shoulder, the adult Pyrenean Mastiff offers expert protection for home and property, given his natural aloofness to strangers. Additionally, owners will prize this noble breed's calm, confident demeanor and its superior intelligence and bravery. The author provides a thorough history of the breed in its native Spain as well as in the US, where the breed has begun to win new admirers. In detailing the breed's history, author Christina de Lima-Neto credits Rafael Malo as the savior of the modern breed and the man responsible for promoting the breed internationally through his La Tajadera del Roy kennel.