History

“The breed is a breed of maintenance – not development!”

– Guy Mansencal

To fully get to know this breed is to appreciate its history, and to learn about the place it came from.  The dogs cannot be understood without understanding both of these things.

These historical prints and photographs* illustrate both the consistency of the dogs through the years, as well as displaying their unique variations.  While developing in isolation in the Pyrénées mountains, their breed characteristics were solidly cemented, yet within that population different breed types developed in different valleys.  These variations are still valued and appreciated today both in France and elsewhere.


Historical Prints

“Shepherd’s Dog” (1700’s)“Le Chien des Bergers” (1897)

1900-1939

Berger des Pyrénées (1904)CH. Pic (1920’s)Farou (1920’s)
Berger des Pyrénées (1904)CH. Pic (1920’s)Farou (1920’s)
CH. Berouyette de Lucvielle (b.1921)Héliette des Fontanettes (b.1933) [Cabri de Lucvielle x Coonizet des Fontanettes]
CH. Berouyette de Lucvielle (b.1921)Héliette des Fontanettes (b.1933) [Cabri de Lucvielle x Coonizet des Fontanettes]“Berger des Pyrénées” (1934)
Nanouk de Turon (b.1923)Grisette des Gaves (b. 1926) [Nanouk du Turon x Toye des Gaves]Chourette des Gaves (b. 1929) [Nanouk du Turon x Grisette des Gaves]
Nanouk de Turon (b.1923)Grisette des Gaves (b. 1926) [Nanouk du Turon x Toye des Gaves]Chourette des Gaves (b. 1929) [Nanouk du Turon x Grisette des Gaves]

1940-1969

Ustou (b. 1946) [Yp de Lucvielle x Oulette des Fontanettes]
Ustou (b. 1946) [Yp de Lucvielle x Oulette des Fontanettes]Epée du Fys (b. 1955) & Cascadette de la Miche (b. 1953)Soulor de l’Estaubé (b. 1969) [Ivago de Fleurac x Ninon de l’Estaubé]
Weg de Pastorale (b. 1948) [Ustou des Fontanettes x Ullia]Bichou de Fleurac (b. 1952) [Weg de la Pastorale x Willy de la Pastorale]Fine Mouche de Fleurac (b. 1956) [Weg de la Pastorale x Doucette de la Pastorale]

1970-1979

Lily du Boulleaume (b. 1970) [Urus du Boulleaume x Irma du Boulleaume]Pyrenees de l’Estaube (b. 1979)
Vive de l’Estaube (b. 1972) [Soulor de l’Estaubé x Quagnotte de l’Estaubé]Vive de l’Estaube (b. 1972) [Soulor de l’Estaubé x Quagnotte de l’Estaubé]Pyrenees de l’Estaube (b. 1979)
Muscadin (b. 1976) [Urdos de l’Estaubé x Loule]Pastoreau (b. 1979) [Soulor de l’Estaubé x U’Miquette]
Isba (b. 1973) [Urdos de l’Estaubé x Quairat]Muscadin (b. 1976) [Urdos de l’Estaubé x Loule]Pastoreau (b. 1979) [Soulor de l’Estaubé x U’Miquette]

1980-1989

4Reglisse de l”Estaubé (b. 1980) [Orme x O’Estaubée]Romarin de l’Estaubé (b. 1980) [Orme x O’Estaubée]
Reglisse de l”Estaubé (b. 1980) [Orme x O’Estaubée]Romarin de l’Estaubé (b. 1980) [Orme x O’Estaubée]Sarrat de l’Estaubé (b. 1981) [Orme x Izeste de l’Estaubé]
Temporelle (b. 1982) [Orme x Lorca]
Tucoulou de l’Estaubé (b. 1982) [Muscadin x Izeste de l’Estaubé]Temporelle (b. 1982) [Orme x Lorca]Tarquin le Superbe (b. 1982) [Orme x Puce]
Unau (b. 1983) [Orme x Puce]Visker de l’Estaubé (b. 1984) [Orme x Isba]Viscos (b. 1984) [Sarrat de l’Estaubé x Tremière]
Unau (b. 1983) [Orme x Puce]Visker de l’Estaubé (b. 1984) [Orme x Isba]Viscos (b. 1984) [Sarrat de l’Estaubé x Tremière]
Agos (b. 1985) [Orme x Lorca]Arizes (b. 1985) [Tarquin le Superbe x Paquerette de la Fontaine]
Agos (b. 1985) [Orme x Lorca]Astugue (b. 1985) [Tarquin le Superbe x Paquerette de la Fontaine]Arizes (b. 1985) [Tarquin le Superbe x Paquerette de la Fontaine]
Bellocq (b. 1986) [Vermeil comme le Blé Fauve x Oule de l’Estaubé]Clarine du Val Soannon (b. 1987) [Unau x Tolosane Bleue du Pic de Marboré]D’Espuquettes (b. 1988) [Initial Registration]
Bellocq (b. 1986) [Vermeil comme le Blé Fauve x Oule de l’Estaubé]Clarine du Val Soannon (b. 1987) [Unau x Tolosane Bleue du Pic de Marboré]D’Espuquettes (b. 1988) [Initial Registration]

PLEASE NOTE: The purpose of this collection is to bring education regarding the history of the breed.  In doing so, every attempt has been made to give credit for these photos where it is due.  Many of these photos came directly from M. Mansencal from scans of photos that he brought to the US when he was judging here.  Others come from private collections.  And still others are of unknown origin, having been collected over the years, and whose source has now been lost.  If you have further information on any of these photos, please contact us, so that we can give credit where it should be given.