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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2014 National Specialty Thanks

We would like to send a very special THANK YOU to all who worked so hard on the 2014 National Specialty. Whether you are local to the northwest or helped from other areas of the country, your time, dedication, and attention to detail made this a successful specialty and a great time for all. Thank you!

Also, thanks to all who contributed monetary donations. We apologize that some of you inadvertently were not included in the catalog. See the list of National Specialty Donations for an up-to-date list.

Your 2014 National Specialty Chairs,
Jon Lea and Kathy Lee

Pyr puppies?

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Recent Updates

  • 12/23/2014 - 2015 National Specialty auction items are needed.
  • 12/22/2014 - Lots of updated information on the 2015 National Specialty pages, including tentative
                           schedule of events, committee members list, and additional hotel information.
  • 09/30/2014 - Specialty Calendar has been updated.
  • 05/16/2014 - 2015 National Specialty mini-site now up.
  • 04/16/2014 - 2014 National Specialty regular conformation judging schedule posted.
  • 04/09/2014 - Information on Judges Education Seminar at 2014 National Specialty
  • 04/09/2014 - Specialty Judge Selection page added.