Polish Lowland Sheepdog is also known as Polski Owczarek Nizinny or “PON” in its home country. The breed appeared in Poland before 1500s but is still confused whether it is a purebred or a crossbreed as it appeared in the same period when the Puli and another dog were crossed.
These dogs became famous in Poland in 13 century after it’s herding and working ability was recognized by a merchant. Bearded Collie one of the Scottish breeds were grown by breeding this dog. The breed was about dying out latterly during the Second World War, but Dr. Danuta Hrynniewicz’s initiatives helped them to stay protected from extinction.
Facts About Polish Lowland Sheepdog
|Breed Group||Herding Dog, Rare Dogs|
|Country of Origin||Poland|
|Other Names||Poiski Owczarek Nizinny, Valee Sheepdog, Berge Polonais de Valle|
|Size & Height||Medium
|Competitive Registration / Qualification Information||ACA, DRA, NKC, APONC, ACR, APRI, NAPR, KCGB, FCI, NZKC, CKC|
|Litter Size||4-6 puppies|
|Color||White (Black, sandy or gray markings); gray (chocolate or white markings)|
|Life Expectancy||12-15 years|
|Coat||Rough straight or wavy outer coat, soft and dense undercoat|
Temperament & Personality
Polish Lowland Sheepdog is good-natured but their independent nature sometimes makes them stubborn. Though, with proper training, they can become ideal partners. A dog has a very sharp memory and are very close to their human family, but become very choosy while selecting their owner. These are unfriendly to unknown people and barks or howls loudly if they sense any suspicious activity. The breed goes well with kids especially when they grow up together. However, they need supervision because their herding instinct can provoke them to nip the kids. The dog can tolerate extreme cold conditions due to its thick, but moderate climate can make them sick.
Due to their active nature, they require a massive exercising schedule. Minimum 1-hour walk or jog with sufficient play time will keep the dog healthy. They are intelligent and puzzle toys will keep them occupied and provide mental stimulation if they are living a condo life. Without adequate exercise, they develop destructive behavior which provokes them to nip and bark.
These dogs require high maintenance due to the thickness of their coat and dense undercoat. It is crucial to brush them regularly with greyhound comb for ideal results. Regular brushing will keep the fur maintained and prevent matting. Avoid bathing the dog when the coat is mat as it will result in tightening them up and be impossible to remove.
Bathing can be done when it is necessary or once in 6-8 weeks. Thick fur can trap debris and dirt causing a strong odor. Nail trimming becomes crucial every 2- 3 weeks when they overgrow while, ears will need cleaning every week as their long fur can retain moisture which can result in painful ear infections. In order to prevent tartar collection and tooth decay, teeth will need brushing twice or thrice a week.
This dog is healthy, but with increasing age diabetes is common in few dogs. Occasional tests like Blood test, Blood, and urine protein screens, the Physical examination will keep away the risks of diabetes. Random Veteran checkups will also keep up with the dog’s health.
Training Polish Lowland Sheepdog is easy due to their sharp memory and intelligent nature, but their adamant nature might become an obstruction in the process of training. Therefore a careful and firm trainer is necessary to train them.
These dogs require proper socialization from the beginning and will require being exposed to various people and pets. Taking them to dogs park or puppy training class will help the dog to familiarize with unknown. Training them with various commands like “Stop,” “Sit,” and much more will reduce its unnecessary barking behavior.
It also has a bad habit of nipping people. Therefore the owner or trainer should stay calm when they show a negative behavior, as screaming or negative behavior will provoke the dog. Additionally, positive training methods like praises and treats will help the dog to learn faster.
Homemade food low on protein is essential for this dog. Commercial dry dog food 1 ½ or 2 ½ cups will be adequate. Divide their meals into two halves as it will help the dog to digest properly.