Thanks to their larger-than-life statures and good, calm, and loving nature, the Great Pyrenees—sometimes referred to as a Pyr—is a gentle giant of the dog world. And for good reason: Many Pyrs measure 25 to 32 inches at the shoulder and ranging from 85 to a whopping 150 pounds. Despite their massive size, Pyrs are gentle, loyal, and loving family dogs with a life's mission to protect their flock.
Originating sometime around the 18th century B.C., the Great Pyrenees is also one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, too. That means, there's plenty of dog-naming inspiration from the breed's long, varied history.
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
When you're bringing home a new dog, your to-do list may feel never-ending. Between shopping for your dog's gear, like a super-sized, comfortable bed and engaging toys, and prepping your home for a big dog, like a Great Pyrenees—and all the loose hair that comes along with it—you may forget one teensy, tiny detail: Your Pyr needs the perfect name, too.
We say, choose a name based on your dog's personality, appearance, or history. Have a brainstorm session with the whole family, then write a short-list with your family's top picks. Having a top 10 (or so) will make it easier to choose the perfect name once you meet your new dog.
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
Aside from their massive size, Pyrs are well-known for their thick, white, double coats. Although some Pyrs may have brown, tan, or reddish markings, most are a beautiful, snowy white. Here are some of our favorite names for an all-white dog.
- Yuki (meaning "snow" in Japanese)
Great Pyrenees Names Inspired by Their History
Great Pyrenees most likely descended from ancient mountain dogs that were employed to guard flocks of sheep in Central Asia. Then, sometime between 1800 to 100 B.C., Pyrs moved from Asia to southern France, where they continued to guard flocks of sheep, as well as the homes of Basque families. They continued to guard flocks—and became loving, loyal family dogs—over the years.
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
As previously mentioned, Pyrs were often employed as guard dogs in the mountains of Asia and the Basque region. So, it only makes sense to give your outdoorsy, mountain-sized mountain dog a mountain-inspired name, right?
Great Pyrenees Names from the Basque Language
Although the Basque language is spoken by fewer than one million people—ranging between northwestern Spain and southwestern France—this beautiful language is jam-packed with unique dog names. Not to mention, the Great Pyrenees was widely beloved (and employed!) by Basque people.
- 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: