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Polish Lowland Sheepdog

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is, beneath the thick shaggy coat, a medium sized dog with a cobby, muscular build and a rectangular outline. The coat is harsh in texture with a slight wave and has a soft, insulating undercoat. With their drop ears and hair falling over the eyes, they have a soft and appealing expression.

12 – 15 years
18 – 20kg
42 – 50cm
Coats come in all colours except merle.
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog breed can suffer from:
- Hip dysplasia
- Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy which is where deposits form in the eye and this can result in damage to the eye and blindness in dim light.
- Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis¹ which is a disease affecting the nervous system.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Hip dysplasia screening scheme

¹M. L. Katz, 'A missense mutation in canine CLN6 in an Australian shepherd with neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis', 2010, Journal of Biomedicine 


Quick to learn and sparking with intelligence, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a natural herder and watchdog. They enjoy training and working with their owner so long as a strong, healthy relationship of trust and reinforcement is built.  

Affectionate and friendly to family, they can be aloof and reserved with strangers and care must be taken to socialise and habituate the PLS from early puppyhood.  

Enjoying the company of their family, the PLS is not inclined to spend time alone or without a task to do and this is a breed to keep busy otherwise they go self-employed or get themselves into trouble! 

Did You Know?

  • Of the very few lucky Polish Lowland Sheepdogs who survived the Second World War, one in particular was rumoured to be able to predict air-raids, giving local residents time to find shelter from incoming bombs and it was this skill that led her to being hailed a canine heroine and was protected from harm.
  • The breed is said to have an extraordinary memory - and in tests, this does seem to be true.
  • As well as herding sheep, the Polish Lowland would also move wild boar but as this is not without danger, they would do this by running into the side of them and then running away very quickly!
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