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Patou


This is a Patou, or Pastou in the local dialects, in french Chien de montagne des Pyrenees, the quintessential Pyrenees mountains dog, common on both sides of the border, in France and Spain. It is a guard dog, used in medieval times to fight wolves, bears and lynx. Spotted a few of them in the mountains last weekend. They are the sweetest of dogs, but can be very protective. They need a lot of space, so don’t even think about having one in your 2 bedroom flat! He was made very famous in France through a TV series in the 70es called Belle and Sebastien, the adventures of Sebastien, a young boy, and Belle, his beautiful snow white best friend.

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9 responses

  1. I absolutely love these dogs even though I have never actually met one. They are so beautiful!

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    September 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm

  2. Oh my gosh, I can't even begin to imagine this beauty fighting such big, wild animals. Must be fantastic as guard dogs but no, definitely not in a small space. Or hot place either, from the looks of that thick, long fur.

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    September 22, 2010 at 2:36 am

  3. Indeed, «Louis» expects that these dogs would want a lot of open space.

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    September 21, 2010 at 8:15 pm

  4. What a sweet face! I haven't noticed many of these. One of my favorite music groups is “Belle and Sebastian.” Now I know where they must have gotten the name.

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    September 21, 2010 at 4:46 pm

  5. how cute! i´d love to give him a hug!

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    September 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm

  6. What a beautiful dog. Love your cloud pics in your header.

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    September 21, 2010 at 12:14 pm

  7. Good looking dogs.

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    September 21, 2010 at 7:31 am

  8. Two of them! They are beautiful.
    Just imagine, having lynx, bears, and wolves to fight.

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    September 21, 2010 at 7:08 am

  9. A famous star!
    ADorable little friend, and wonderful picture!He looks so peaceful posing for your camera!
    hugs
    Léia

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    September 21, 2010 at 6:21 am