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

  • 05/24/2017 - NOTE: Due to a clerical error on the 2020 Preliminary Judge Ballot, a corrected ballot printed on green paper has been sent to you. Any original ballots will be discarded. Be sure to note the JULY 1 due date on your new ballot!
  • 05/11/2017 - 2018 Nationa Specialty Schedule of Events
  • 05/10/2017 - 2017 National Specialty and Regional Specialty show results have been posted.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Roy Jones Dog Shows made a mistake and sent us ribbons instead of rosettes. Eventually they did a rush order to get the rosettes to us. We made several announcements for people to pick up their rosettes, but not all did. The remainder were sent back to Roy Jones. The winners are to contact them, and they will ship the rosettes out at their expense. Phone: 260-925-0525.
  • 04/23/2017 - At the Annual Meeting, the Treasurer recommended that dues for all members be raised to $45. This increase will appear on your next dues statement, and will take effect for new member applications received after May 1, 2017.
  • 04/19/2017 - Two new affiliate clubs added — Research Triangle Park GPC and GP Fanciers of Florida
  • 04/13/2017 - April 11 Board Meeting Minutes posted on Reports page
  • 04/04/2017 - Information on streaming video of the 2017 National Specialty
  • 04/03/2017 - First Quarter Board Conference Call Minutes posted
  • 04/02/2017 - Updated Coming Events