Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

A slightly rectangular, medium-size, shaggy-coated dog, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog is cobby, strong and muscular. The fairly long, thick coat is harsh in texture and there is a soft undercoat. The hair falls over the eyes and comes in all coat colours. Adult dogs stand at 45-50cm and females at 42-47cm, and they weigh approximately 18-20kg.

  • Dog suitable for experienced owners
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys walking one to two hours a day
  • Medium dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Non Hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog

Origin

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog, or Polski Owczarek Nizinny (PON) as he is known in his native country, probably descends from a dog originally from Tibet/Mongolia. Moving with nomadic groups and working as a flock dog, he developed into the dog we know today in northern Europe. The breed is said to have influenced the Bearded Collie, with whom he shares many characteristics, with a Polish trader giving three dogs to Scottish shepherds in 1514.

Personality

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is lively, quick to learn and enjoys training. He's a natural herding dog and watchdog. He is good-tempered and makes an alert companion in the home. Affectionate to his loved ones, he enjoys being at his owner's side, but he can be aloof initially with those he doesn't know.

Health

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is generally a healthy breed, but as with many breeds can suffer from hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

Bred to work in harsh conditions, this active dog needs around two hours exercise a day and a chance to use his brain – and won't be put off by any inclement weather! Naturally, the long coat should be checked for debris and dried thoroughly after a walk.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

This dog has a high-maintenance coat that requires daily attention. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog's hair is not only long but also thick, and regular brushing is needed to ensure the harsh top coat and thick, soft undercoat do not mat.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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What to consider next

Adoption

It is incredibly fulfilling to adopt a dog from an animal shelter or rescue organization. It often means offering them a second chance in life. There are many dogs waiting for a loving family, a forever home. Reputable centers will be very careful about matching the right people with the right dogs. Staff learns all they can about the dogs they take in, and will spend time getting to know you, your family and your lifestyle, before they match you with any of their dogs. They’ll also be happy to give you advice and answer any questions you might have before and after the adoption. Click here for more information.

Finding a good breeder

If your heart is set on a pedigree puppy, then your best bet is to find a reputable breeder. Contact The Kennel Club or a breed-club secretary who may have a list of litters available, or should be able to put you in contact with breeders in your area. Try to choose a breeder who is part of the Kennel Club’s assured breeder scheme.Visit dog shows to meet breeders in person and inquire about availability of pups of your chosen breed. Click here for more information.

Welcoming your dog home

Whether you’re bringing home a tiny puppy or rehoming an adult dog, this is a hugely exciting time for everyone. While you’re waiting for the big day you might need to distract yourself, so luckily there are a few things you need to sort out before you welcome your new arrival. Click here for more information.