Bo arrived at NCCR on 4/23/22, pulled from an overcrowded shelter to give him a better chance. He is a 1-2 year old neutered male Great Pyrenees. Bo is very friendly with people. However, once he settles into a home, he will guard his home against perceived “intruders”. Bo has not yet had appropriate training and guidance to manage his guarding instinct, so he requires an adopter that has significant experience with herd guardian breeds and is able to provide appropriate training and management, and who can physically handle a large, strong, active dog. This behavior is very normal for Bo’s breed, but left unmanaged, it can quickly become problematic. He has also demonstrated resource guarding of food and toys around other dogs, and he can be selective about which dogs he gets along with, so he may do best as an only dog. Bo is too interested in harassing cats to live in the same household with them. He is house trained, but may need a brush-up in a new home. Great Pyrenees dogs are working dogs that are happiest when they have a job to do, and they need a good amount of space indoors and out.

More about the breed: The Great Pyrenees is a working dog bred to act as herd guardian, intended to deter wolves and other predators from livestock. Today they are mellow companions and vigilant guardians of home and family. These steadfast guardians usually exhibit a Zen-like calm, but they can quickly spring into action and move with grace and speed to meet a threat.


The first two links are of vital importance to people who have had only “casual experience” with Great Pyrenees. Five Things I Wish I Knew About Great Pyrenees Before Bringing One Home What do you call a Pyr off Leash? …Gone! (When I go to this site a little pad lock with a line through it appears prior to the web address…indicating the connection is not secure. You can ignore this and proceed, there is no malware on this site.)

The next three links will provide much more information about the breed..even for people with prior Pyr experience.

The following three links have a huge quantity of info. about Pyrs; including general training, behavior and ways to introduce new dogs to existing dogs, and a library with over 100 articles.

Trigger stacking: how we set our dogs up to fail  This is a very important article for even Pyr experienced people and especially for people bringing a new dog into their home. ,  See above comment in green


If  you think you might be interested in adopting, your first step should be to complete an  Adoption Application.  *After you have completed your application, you will get a confirmation that we have received your application. It takes a lot of time to process the applications, so we ask for your patience while we do so. If you see that the dog you were interested in has been adopted it means there were many applications for that dog and we did not get as far as processing your application before a home was found. We welcome you to apply again if you see another dog that interests you.   If you have a question, please email your question to It is much easier and quicker for us to respond by email as we receive many phone calls each day.


We do adopt out of state, however we do not transport or ship dogs. Potential adopter must be able and willing to travel to the Rescue to meet the dog they are interested in.

*PLEASE double check all of the phone numbers that you provide as if they are incorrect, we will be unable to process your application. Please also let your references know that someone from NCCR will be calling them. Most adoption team members call from their personal phone so advise your references that there may be an unknown number or a private number calling them.

Bo is sponsored by Anthony Ricotta Jr., Phillip and Carol Baideme in memory of Sam, Heath Forster, Roberta Gray, Victor and Gloria Armes, Kayme Crowell, Daniel Farnham, Ann Odell and by Meg Thering for Susan and Kevin Felch, Thank you everyone!

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