Breed Organization American Polish Lowland Sheepdog Club Website: http://www.aponc.com Native Country Poland Other Names Berge Polonais de Vallee, Valee Sheepdog, Polski Owczarek Nizinny, PON, Polish Owczarek Nizinny Life Expectancy Approximately 12-15 Years Litter Size Average 2-6 Puppies Breed Group Herding
Breed Appearance Polish Lowland Sheepdogs have very long hair
that is very thick with a soft undercoat. It is usually straight,
but some can be a bit wavy. The most common colors of coat are the
white with black, gray, or sandy patches or grey with white or
chocolate patches. This breed is considered a non-shedder. 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.
Breed Description Head: Medium size. Domed skull. Distinct
stop. Large nose. Long, tousled hair on the forehead, cheeks, and
chin, giving the face a soft look. Ears: Medium size, drop, set on fairly high. Eyes: Oval, hazel color, with dark rims. Body: Stocky, strong, and muscular. Strong neck. Deep chest.
Broad loin. Very muscular back. Short croup. Tail: Naturally short; docked if necessary. Hair: Coarse, dense, thick, and abundant. Soft undercoat. Long
fall over the eyes is characteristic of the breed. Coat: All colors acceptable, including piebald. Size: Dog: 45 to 50 cm.Bitch: 42 to 47 cm. Weight: 15 to 20 kg.
History The Polish Lowland Sheepdog was bred from the
Hungarian Puli and other Asian sheepdogs, such as the Tibetan
Terrier. This relative of the Old English Sheepdog (and possibly the
Bearded Collie) is a good guardian of the flock. The breed almost
disappeared after WW II, but in 1971, it was recognized by the FCI.
Behavior This is an alert, courageous, rustic breed that
is well-adapted to living outdoors in harsh weather conditions. The
Polish Lowland Sheepdog is intelligent, dominant, vocal, and
strong-willed. This dog requires firm training. Very distrustful of
strangers, he is an excellent guard dog. Unfailingly loyal, this
happy dog adores his owner and children, making him a good pet.
Health This is a fairly hardy breed.
Advice his sheepdog can adjust to city living if he is
given a lot of exercise. Brushing once or twice per week is