Welcome to our kennel where our specialty is producing show quality Pyrenean Mastiffs
We are also on Facebook as Pyrenean Mastiffs de Monte Sano
About Our Kennel
Pyrenean Mastiffs de Monte Sano owner, Victoria Betterton, is an active member of the Pyrenean Mastiff Club of Spain (Club Del Mastín Del Pirineo De España (C.M.P.E)) and is the US representative for the club. 

Located in Huntsville Alabama, we have done a lot of research into the Pyrenean Mastiff breed and have worked hard to bring wonderful specimens to the USA.  Our dogs are the result of the vision of breeders that are among the best in Italy and Spain.  These breeders have become good friends as these dogs are now a loving part of our family.

The Pyrenean Mastiff has recently been added to the American Kennel Club's (AKC's) Foundation Stock Service (FSS).  Our breeding dogs are registered with FSS as well as with both the Federación Canófila de Puerto Rico (FCPR) for Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) approved registry purposes, and the United Kennel Club (UKC) for show purposes.  All our dogs and their offspring can also be registered with all of the smaller clubs that accept FCI approved or UKC registrations. 

I want to personally thank C.M.P.E. club members, and especially its president Andrés Pastor, for all the assistance provided in producing documents, such as the breed standard, found on this website, that aided in applying for and obtaining FSS approval.  
Why a Pyrenean Mastiff?
  • ​​The Pyrenean Mastiff is a relatively healthy breed.  itself.  All three of my dogs have been tested for geneticly transmitted diseases with MyDogDNA.  While admittedly it does not test for every genetic disease in existence, of those they do test, all three dogs were clear of any geneticly transmitted disease. 

  • The Pyrenean Mastiff has a long life for a giant breed typically living from 10 to 13 years of age.
  • As a Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD), the Pyrenean Mastiff has a very low prey drive and as a result loves and protects all kinds of animals, two legged and four legged, hairless, furred and feathered.  

  • Pyrenean Mastiffs love children and will welcome friends and family that you welcome.  They only respond to, and will protect against, real threats.
  • Unlike many other breeds of LGDs, the Pyrenean Mastiff is not known for being an incessant barker.  It will do its job and alert for strangers or animals that come to or near their property, but does not bark much at all in addition to those special situations.
  • The Pyrenean Mastiff is a double-coated breed, so it does shed twice a year.  Beyond those times, it does not typically shed much hair.
  • If you do not want a dog that drools, the Pyrenean Mastiff is not for you.  Just like all mastiffs, they do drool,  especially when exposed to food or water, and in the heat.  Keep a few hand towels handy in the house and you will be just fine.
  • Like all deep-chested dogs, the Pyrenean Mastiff can get Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), more commonly called Bloat.  The part of the illness that kills is the actual twisting of the stomach.  My dogs get Laparoscopic Gastropexy at about one year of age that uses two very small incisions and a small camera to tack the stomach to the chest cavity wall so that it cannot twist.  The dogs can still get bloat portion of GDV, which is a build up of gas in the stomach, but that can be easily addressed and is not an emergency that will kill the dog.  
Origin of the Pyrenean Mastiff
Breed Standard