Polish Lowland Sheepdog

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog (Polski Owczarek Nizinny), is a medium sized, shaggy-coated, sheep dog breed native to Poland.

Polish Lowland Sheepdog Appearance

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a muscular, thick-coated dog. The double coat can be of any color or pattern; white, gray, and brown are most common, with black, gray, or brown markings. It is common for colors to fade as the dogs reach adulthood. The undercoat is soft and dense, while the topcoat is rough and either straight or wavy, but not curly. The hair around the head makes the head appear to be larger than it actually is, and typically covers the eyes.

Polish Lowland Sheepdog Males are 45 - 50 cm (18 - 20 inches) in height at the withers, while females are 42 - 47 cm (17 - 19 inches). Males typically weigh between 40 - 50 lb, females, 30 - 40 lb. The body is just off square, it appears rectangular due to the abundance of coat on the chest and rear; the ratio of the height to the body length should be 9:10 (a 45 cm tall dog should have a body 50 cm long). The tail is either very short or docked.

Polish Lowland Sheepdog Temperament

Polish lowland sheepdogs are stable and self-confident. They have an excellent memory and can be well trained, but may dominate a weak-willed owner. PONs adapt well to various conditions, and are popular as companion dogs for apartment dwellers in their native Poland. PONs require a moderate amount of exercise daily.

Polish Lowland Sheepdog Health

In general, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs are a very healthy breed. Animals should be checked for hip dysplasia and checked for eye abnormalities before being used for breeding. PONs require a low protein diet. The life expectancy of a PON is 11 to 14 years.

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