This is a breed of great intelligence, easy to train and not at all vicious. Not the ferocious war-dog the Molossos tis Epirou was, the King Pyrros Dog was used as a companion, a livestock guardian and an alert farmdog. The breed is not dog-aggressive, seeing how it was bred so it would work with other dogs when chasing away predators. They would chase the intruders as far away as possible from the herd or property without actually hurting them. When the desired distance was reached, the dogs would turn around and head back. This breed is friendly with people, but it will do a good job of protecting its territory if it feels threatened. The tail is sometimes docked and many examples have either one or both of their ears cropped, but unaltered dogs can be encountered as well.
Strongly built, wide-chested and tall, the Skilos tou Pyrrou has a coat of medium length, which comes in solid shades of pearl white, ivory, cream and fawn, although today bicoloured dogs are common, thought to be an influence of the Ellinikos Poimenikos. Average height is around 30 inches.