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Polish Lowland Sheepdog

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Polish Lowland Sheepdog

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog (also known as the Polish Owczarek Nizinny) is a medium-sized, muscular dog. The skull is slightly broad and rounded. The muzzle is strong and blunt. The medium-sized eyes are oval and hazel in color. The ears are heart-shaped and sit high. They are round at the base and hang close to the cheeks. The neck is strong without dewlap. The chest is deep and moderately wide. The feet are oval-shaped with hard pads. The tail can be naturally long, bobbed or docked very short. If natural, it should be covered with hair and carried over the back. The coat of this breed is thick, shaggy and full. The undercoat is soft and dense. Hair normally hangs over the eyes. Every coat color is allowed.

Temperament The PON is lively, affectionate and highly intelligent. They have an excellent memory and have been known to remember events from previous years. They can be stubborn and independent, but are very friendly and lovable toward their family. They get along well with children if they are raised with them. This very vocal breed makes a good watchdog and guardian. They are a clever breed.
Height, Weight Male Height: 18-20" ; Weight: 40-50 lbs.
Female Height: 17-19" ; Weight: 30-40 lbs.
Health Problems Though this breed is a healthy breed, some have been prone to hip dysplasia, allergies, eye diseases, cancer and luxating patellas. Patent Ductus Arteriosus (congenital heart defect) has also been seen in this breed.
Living Conditions This breed can adapt to any environment but must be considered a part of the family. They need a yard with a secure fence.
Exercise This breed thrives on exercise and will take as much exercise as you give them.
Life Expectancy About 11-14 years
Grooming The coat of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog needs lots of attention. Brush with a pin brush/comb for 30 minutes several times a week to keep it from matting. Make sure the coat is damp before you groom to prevent damage to the coat and undercoat. Check the teeth, ears and nails every week.
Origin This very old Polish breed is believed to have descended from the Puli and the Hun herding dogs during the 16th century. Written documents about this breed have been discovered from the 13th century. In 1514, a Polish ship sailed from Gdansk to Scotland with six PONs to help move the cargo of sheep. A shepherd asked for a pair of PONs in exchange for a fine horned ram. A deal was made for a ram and a ewe in exchange for two females and one male dog and these three dogs are believed to be the foundation of the breed. This rare breed is said to have been crossed with the Dutch Schapendoes, the Bearded Collie and the Old English Sheepdog. They are recognized by the AKC, FCI and the UKC.
Group Herding