Polish Lowland Sheepdog Breed Info
Polish Lowland Sheepdog is originated from Poland and also known as Polsky owczarek nizinny (PON)
Size: max: 20 inches (H) & 50 lbs (W)
Color: any color
Coat: double coat with soft undercoat and thick, long outer coat
Personality: affectionate, independent, intelligent, devoted, wary with strangers
Care: grooming, socialization, exercise, training
Known health problem: Patent ductus arteriosus
Group: herding dogs
Good with children? yes
As the name of the breed suggests, Poland is the area of origin, with its bloodline dating back to the Ancient times. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is actually known as the “Polski Owczarek Nizinny” in most parts of the world. In the United States, the nickname commonly referred to the breed is “PON”.
The exact origins of the dog is estimated to have began with a Tibetan breed from Central Asia, introduced by Tibetan traders to Eastern Europe. Researchers claim that there is a good possibility that these long coated Tibetan dogs were interbred with Hungarian sheepdogs (corded coated type), sometime during the 4th century.
These dogs were used with much success working with shepherds. Not only could they control sheep with precision, but did so without frightening them. For centuries they were used as working dogs on the Polish lowlands until interest in the breed sprung up by fanciers in Europe, between 1800 and 1900.
After World War II, the numbers of the PON dropped dramatically. It is estimated that less than 200 of the dogs were alive. It didn't take long for breeders to seek the challenge to reconstitute the Polish Lowland Sheepdog, and they were successful. The breed gained AKC recognition in 2001.
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog may look like an over-grown teddy bear, but this dog is actually one of the hardest working members of the Herding Group. With a shaggy appearance, this long-coated breed is strong, muscular, and with the speed and agility to control livestock. This Sheepdog can weigh anywhere from 30 to 35 lbs, with a height averaging from 18 to 20 inches.
The temperament of the breed is best summed up as affectionate yet territorial, loving yet energetic, playful yet protective. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog makes a loyal watchdog and an aggressive family protector against intruders. They are friendly towards other dogs and pets but reserved around strange people. This breed can also be trusted around small children.
Taking Care of Your Polish Lowland Sheepdog
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog will only be happy if living an active lifestyle. They have extraordinarily high energy levels which must be met with vigorous daily games, walks, and exercises. They are easily trainable and enjoy mental stimulation through obedience training. The breed flourishes best when given the chance to herd. It is best live with an active, experienced owner in a rural or suburban home.
Living arrangements for the breed are best met with access to a wide open (yet safe) outside area during the day, and to sleep indoors at night with the family. Their shaggy coat gives them the ability to withstand cool temperatures but the PON does not fare well in hot weather. Grooming requirements for the breed calls for a thorough brushing every other day to keep its long coat healthy and clean.
The average lifespan of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog is between ten and fourteen years. This breed is one of the healthiest alive today, with absolutely no major or minor health concerns. Veterinarians do suggest, however, that they get tested for potential hip and eye problems.
Polish Lowland Sheepdog ClubAmerican Poland Lowland Sheepdog Club
We have been breeding for 42 years and always take great pains to breed to the breed standard. Our dogs are wholistically and are raising on a raw diet.They excell in temperament, beauty and health.