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.
- Category size: Medium
- Grooming requirements: Daily
- Shedding: Little
- Allergies: No
- Noise: Not too noisy
- Dog Group Kennel Club: Pastoral
- Alone: 1 to 3 hours
- Other pets: Medium
- Stability as a guard: High
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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