Polish Lowland Sheepdog Photo

Polish Lowland Sheepdog Dog Breed Info & Pictures

Also known as the Polski Owczarek Nizinny (PON), The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a medium sized dog with a rectangular frame. The dog is strong and muscular with long, straight and powerfully built legs. The coat is thick and dense, with long, shaggy straight or wavy hair that hangs over the medium sized oval eyes. The large nose is black or sometimes brown and peeks through the dogs thick facial hair. The heart shaped ears are set moderately high on top of the medium sized head, which is in perfect proportion to the body. The muscular shoulders, along with the heavy bones of the hindquarter and strong feet are responsible for the dogs notable saunter. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog can be any color.

Polish Lowland Sheepdog Fast Facts

Herding
11 - 14 years
Poland
Antiquity
40 - 50 lb
30 - 40 lb
18 - 20"
17 - 19"
Polesh Lowland Sheepdog, Pollish Lowland Sheepdog or Polish Low Land Sheep Dog.
Polski Owczarek Nizinny, PON

Temperament

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog has an amicable temperament and is very sociable with its family....

The dog is good natured and gentle with children, dogs and other pets, but can become reserved and protective around strangers or aggressive dogs. The dog is a loyal companion and adaptable to most lifestyles, provided it is exercised regularly. The PON is intelligent and loves to work, but its long history of working apart from its master has given it a mind of its own and a tendency to trust its instincts above all else. Some Polish Lowland Sheepdogs may try to herd children or nip at their heels.

Caring For a Polish Lowland Sheepdog

With proper exercise and diet, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog can grow to be a remarkably healthy and long lived dog....

Daily vigorous exercise in addition to a monitored diet is essential. This dog does best with free access to the yard and a bed in the house. The Polish Lowland Sheepdogs coat should be brushed several times a week, and occasional clipping is also necessary to keep the dog from looking too shaggy. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is not known to carry any hereditary illness, though it is advised to have your veterinarian perform hip and eye tests.

Polish Lowland Sheepdog History

Breed History

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog originated in Poland, where it is known as Polski Owczarek Nizinny (PON)....

Probable forebears of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog include the Tibetan Terrier and cord-coated Hungarian sheepdogs, such as the Komondor, introduced to Central Europe by the Huns. Historically, large PONs have been used as flock guardians while other PONs served as shepherds.The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is the progenitor of several modern shepherding breeds, including the Bearded Collie. In 1514, a Polish Merchant traded a shipment of grain for some sheep in Scotland and bought six Polish Lowland Sheepdogs to move his sheep. A shepherd from Scotland saw the dogs and was so impressed with their ability to herd sheep that he traded a ram and two ewes for one male and two female PONs, which he then bred with Scottish dogs to produce more sheep herding dogs. Selective breeding of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog really took hold in Poland during the late 19th century, but World War II decimated the breed. It is thought that by the end of World War II, only 150 PONs were left in the world. A handful of dog fanciers, most notably Dr. Danuta Hryeniewicz and her dog Smok, were able to bring the dog back from the brink. The PON was introduced to the United States during the 1980s and recognized by the American Kennel Club as the Polish Lowland Sheepdog, a member of the Herding Group, in 2001.