Danes were bred as hunting dogs, while the spectacularly chunky Pyrenean Mountain Dogs
once guarded livestock in the hills.
"You don't usually see Pyrenean mountain dogs
at rescue centres, but I grew up with one as a child so I said to my husband: 'We have to go and see him!' "He was unconvinced at the time that we needed a dog as big as that.
"Pyrenean Mountain Dogs
are unique because they don't do recall - they are roamers by nature.
"You don't see a lot of Pyrenean mountain dogs
around so Jazz gets described as a polar bear and Joey is called a Dulux dog.
Clr Stanfield, who owned a series of Pyrenean mountain dogs
between 1965 and 2001, said she was not anti-canine.
The pupils of Ridgeway Primary School, in Park Avenue, South Shields, met Pets As Therapy volunteers who brought along King Charles spaniels Sam and Ben and Pyrenean mountain dogs
Kendal and Brecon.
The 250-strong club meets twice a week at the Sports Connexion in Ryton and members' dogs range from tiny chihuahuas at around 6lb (2.7kg) to massive Pyrenean mountain dogs
, which can weigh up to 130lb (59kg).
Pyrenean Mountain Dogs
Club of Scotland open show in the Richard Greenhowe Centre, Gretna
Leonburger dogs originate from Germany and were developed by the Mayor of Leonberg by mating existing dogs with Pyrenean Mountain Dogs
and St Bernards.
Pyrenean mountain dogs
Zelba and Myfanwy beat other pedigrees to prizes at Crufts Dog Show.
Further out, sitting on some hillock, would be one to three Pyrenean Mountain Dogs
scanning the locale for signs of danger.
OCTOBER 10: Pyrenean Mountain Dogs
Club of Scotland's Championship Show in Bo'ness.