Polish Lowland Sheepdog

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Is the Polish Lowland Sheepdog right for you?

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Other name(s): Polski Owczarek Nizinnyl; PON

The basics:
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is an attractive, shaggy-looking herding dog with a colorful history. Known in its native Poland as Polski Owczarek Nizinny (PON), they started out as versatile workers, with the large PONs serving as the flock guardians while the smaller ones became the shepherds who actually herded the livestock around. Around 1514, six of these animals sailed from Poland to Scotland, where they were bred with the local Scottish dogs to create the famous Bearded Collie. However, the PON was relatively unknown in its own right and almost went extinct after World War II. Now back from the brink, it was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2001.

Like many other herding breeds, this intelligent dog does best with an active, involved owner. Their history as a shepherd means that they have the ability to think for themselves, so you will need to know how to establish yourself as a kind but consistent alpha.

Appearance / health:
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a medium sized, strong, and muscular dog with hair covering its eyes. The head is medium sized and in proportion to the body. The eyes are of medium size, oval, and have a lively penetrating expression. The heart-shaped ears are set moderately high. The tail is short and set low.

The undercoat develops later as puppies get older. Lack of brushing can lead to serious matting. Brushing their hair thoroughly few times a week is necessary. No trimming of the coat is required.

PONs need lot of physical exercise. They love to be taken out for a walk couple of times a day. Obedience class, tracking, and other similar activities provide a good way to keep them physically happy and stimulated.

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a hardy breed.

Behavior / temperament:
PONs can be described as loyal dogs with a herding instinct. Their strong territorial and protective instincts combined with their aloofness with strangers make them good guard dogs. However, they require extensive socialization and training. The breed requires a strong owner with a good understanding of dogs.

They are very intelligent and eager to please. With sufficient patience and consistency, these dogs can be trained easily though they may tend to be self-willed at times.

PONs do not bark without a reason.


smile everyday, intelligent, big bear, loving dog, bigdog playtime


excited puppy stage, deep loud bark

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