Welcome to the Great Pyrenees Club of America Website

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In 1935 the Great Pyrenees Club of America (GPCA) became recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as the Parent Club for the Great Pyrenees breed. Every AKC breed has one parent club, which is the only nationwide club for that specific breed. A parent club is a member club of the AKC; and is licensed by the AKC to hold AKC competitions, which lead to all the titles bestowed by the AKC. A parent club is also responsible for writing and making any necessary changes to the official AKC standard for the breed.

The Great Pyrenees Club of America not only furthers the sport of dogs, it also does all possible to bring the natural qualities of purebred Great Pyrenees to perfection. The Club promotes and protects dogs, sponsors educational programs, provides breed information, and publishes a club magazine, the GPCA Bulletin. The GPCA has a referral service which provides information on the location of responsible member breeders. In addition, the GPCA also has a network of national rescue volunteers, who place Pyrs in need of new homes.

The GPCA is a non-profit 501(c)(3)corporation. It is governed by a constitution & bylaws and has a code of ethics to guide member/breeder conduct. Associate membership is open to all.

The GPCA website design, all photos, and the Illustrated Standard of the breed are copyrighted and may not be copied or reproduced in any way. All other text information on this website may be reproduced. If you choose to use any of our information, give this website credit and provide a link back to this site.

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Recent Updates

  • 02/05/2017 - First Quarter 2017 Secretary's Repot has been posted.
  • 01/23/2017 - The All-in-One form is now available on the 2017 National Specialty page. Please use this form if you are going to attend the specialty.
  • 12/28/2016 - NOTE: The following was inadvertently left out of the Bulletin.
    The Nominating Committee has selected by unanimous vote the following 2017 GPCA Board of Directors candidates (in alphabetical order):
         Vince Chianese
         Whitney Coombs
         Valerie Seeley
    Additional nominations filed according to the Bylaws Article IV, Section 4B, must be received by the Secretary no later than January 15, 2017.
  • 12/19/2016 - Note on prime RV parking spot availability on 2017 National Specialty home page.
  • 07/30/2016 - 2016 National Specialty results posted.