Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Poland
Group: Herding
Height: 17-20 in.
Weight: 30-35 lbs.
Life span: 10-12 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: yes

What is the origin of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog?

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog, known in Poland as Podski Owczarek Nezinny, PON, is descended from Asian long-coated breeds including the Tibetan Terrier and the Lhasa Apso. It could possibly be an ancestor of Scotland‘s Bearded Collie. Almost extinct after World War II, Polish breeders have brought it back. While popular in Poland, it is rare in the U.S.

What does the Polish Lowland Sheepdog look like?

The PON is a medium sized dog, 17-20 inches tall and weighing 30-35 lbs. The nose is large, either black or brown. The tail is either naturally short or docked where this is still practiced. The medium size heart-shaped ears are folded. The coat is long and shaggy and covers the eyes. The outer coat is water-resistant, the undercoat is soft and dense. The most common colors are white with patches of black, gray or tan, gray with white patches and chocolate. Brush several times weekly to avoid matting.

What is the temperament of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog?

The PON is an intelligent dog with an excellent memory and can work independently. They should have early positive training and socialization. PONs are affectionate and loyal with the family, but are wary of strangers. They are gentle with children. They should be socialized early with other dogs. They can adapt to apartment living if exercised regularly.

What are the uses of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog?

In its native Poland, the PON is still popular as a sheep-herder. But it can serve as a loyal and loving companion as well.

Possible Health Issues

Hip dysplasia, neuronal ceroidlipofuscinosis (inherited neurological disorder), progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism

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