Polish Lowland Sheepdog
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is an enthusiastic herding breed that requires plenty of exercise. This native of Scotland makes a good family dog but does require regular grooming.
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Finding a Polish Lowland Sheepdog
- Coat: Long, wire-haired coat with soft under layer
- Medium, broad build; well-muscled
- White with grey, black or sandy patches and grey with white or chocolate are most common coat colors
- Hazel or brown eyes, covered with hair
- Tail is short
- Black or brown nose
- Height: 16-20 inches
- Weight: 30-35 pounds
- Average lifespan: 13-14 years
- Animated, upbeat, curious, smart, independent, eager to please, obedient, affectionate, strong, tenacious
- Interaction with people: Reserved with strangers; may bite if provoked. Good with children if socialized as a puppy. May indulge in herding behavior by nipping at people's heels.
- Training: Needs consistent, early training by assertive owner. Essentially working dogs; they prefer to have a job.
- Hip dysplasia
- Neuronal Ceroid-Lipofuscinosis (neurological disorder)
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Best in rural areas
- Needs at least two brisk, long walks or jogs daily if not actively working
- Prefers cool climates
- Moderate shedder
- Brush thoroughly several times a week with flexible pin brush; avoid slicker brushes; they'll remove the undercoat
- Featured on Polish stamp
- Called the Polish lowland sheepdog because it worked on lowland plains
- Nickname is "PON," or the Polski Owczarek Nizinny
- Kept mostly as a companion, but also can serve as an excellent herding dog
- Native to Poland
- A likely cross between native Polish dogs and long-haired dogs migrating from Asia with the Huns
- Watched over herds and flocks on the Polish plains
- This breed nearly became extinct after World War II - only eight breedable dogs remained
- Used as guards for peasants