POLISH LOWLAND SHEEPDOG DOG

PON… this is the abbreviation of Polski Owczarek Nizinny, the original name and known as Polish Lowland Sheepdog, traditional polish work dog. The PON’s list of credentials is as long as its pedigree: a robust, hairy, dog that doesn’t shed, medium sized, with a great heart. 
 
A muscular dog, with a thick coat, quite large, the Polish Lowland Shepherd is a compact medium sized dog, with an alert appearance and lively. The head is medium sized and not too heavy, carried very low. Well defined stop, snub nose and skull with moderate width, slightly rounded. The eyes medium sized, oval, not protruding and hazelnut color. The ears called in heart shape, large at the base and medium high inserted. The neck is medium length, strong, muscular and without dewlap. The shoulders well placed, the forelimbs limbs, seen from a profile and the front, poised; the body is rectangular rather than square, with a deep chest and well marked withers; the back straight; wide kidneys. The hindquarters seen from behind vertical, well angled. The coat is long, dense and abundant, with a soft undercoat. The hair is straight; slightly wavy is accepted. Every color and spots are admitted. It stands between 45 and 50 cm; the female, between 42 and 47 cm.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR
You could say that you are thinking about the Polish Lowland Shepherd, but it needs a smart, aware owner. The adult has a suspicious air that the puppy has to adopt. The puppy will be a puppy: kind, happy and playful. 
 
A shaggy dog that doesn’t shed (its polish name is Polski Owczarek Nizinny), the Polish Lowland Shepherd has arrived. It is a magnificent family dog with great affection for children. As an independent worker, it makes decisions for itself, and tests its owner regularly. It has an incredible memory and is very loyal to every family member. It shows much self control and is usually balanced when treating people and in its decision making.
 
DEVELOPMENT
An eight week specimen should weigh about 4 kg. As a puppy it is a teddy bear with no tail. Naturally, the future owner should take its time to learn about this breed, its structure and character, before making a choice. Besides their good health and structure, good temperament should be sought, avoiding nervous or aggressive puppies. The adult Polish Lowland Shepherd is suspicious by nature, reserved with strangers, but never fearful, and grows at a good pace. According to breeders physical maturity is placed over the 18th month. Adolescence is marked by undercoat growth and the coat color change. A character change from kind puppy to suspicious adult should be expected.
 
Once upon a time… and God created a perfect stuffed animal to watch over the herd. Nowadays Polish Lowland Shepherd has inherited new herds of fans to guide and adore.
 
HEALTH
Due to the fact that the breed is quite rare, and relatively recent in English speaking countries, there is little veterinarian investigation about it. According to the breeders and veterinarians in Poland, there is not enough evidence to draw conclusions about hereditary conditions. It seems to be subject to common problems that affect every breed, and that said diseases are more individual cases than specific to the breed. Naturally, breeders and owners should take precautions as for X – rays and checkups for progressive retinal dysplasia and hip dysplasia. Breeders in the US have observed some skin swellings and allergic reactions, for which the brushing is very important throughout the year. The Polish Lowland Shepherd can live 12 or more years.
 
Although the temperament varies from one puppy to the other, even a shy Polish Lowland Shepherd will make a charming company dog.