The spritely, intelligent little shepherd has been an indispensable working dog in the Pyrenees Mountains of southern France for centuries. They become valuable outside their home range during WW1 as couriers, search and rescue dogs, and alert partners to guards on their rounds. They are ideal companions for an active family who appreciates their zest for life, provides active diversions, and includes them in their daily activities. Their coats come in smooth- and rough-faced varieties and range from light tan to charcoal grey and several shades in between. Their shaggy, low-maintenance coats benefit from a through brushing about once a month.