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The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a medium
sized, muscular and agile working dog. He
has a long, shaggy coat which usually covers
his eyes, making an interesting appearance.
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog's lineage is
from Poland - possibly as far back as the
thirteenth century where it is believed
he is descended from the Puli and the Huns
herding dog. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog
was created to guard and herd, but today
he is most often used as a companion and
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog was imported
to the United States in the 1980s. The American
Kennel Club officially recognized this breed
in the Herding Group in 2001 making it their
The height at withers for an adult male
Polish Lowland Sheepdog is between 18 -
20 inches (45.7 - 50.8) and for bitches
17 - 19 inches (43.2 - 48.3 cm). At withers,
the proportions of height to length of the
body is 9:10.
The weight of a Polish Lowland Sheepdog
can be anywhere between 35 - 50 pounds (16
- 23 kg).
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog has a very thick
double coat. The outer coat is coarse, long
and shaggy and the undercoat is dense and
soft. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog's coat
should be given a thorough brushing (at
minimum) once a week. A bath is needed at
least once a month. The PON is a non-shedder.
All colors are acceptable for the Polish
Lowland Sheepdog's coat. The most common
colors are white, gray, and brown with black,
gray, or brown markings.
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is very clever
and confident. This breed makes a wonderful
companion and is also great with children
who have been with him since an early age.
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is playful,
but children should not provoke, tease or
rough play. Early socialization to both
dogs and people is very important. The owner
must always be firm, consistent and in charge.
If the Polish Lowland Sheepdog is left to
believe he is the 'pack leader' - behavior
problems are likely and he will try to dominate
his master. This breed is good tempered,
stable and very adaptable. The Polish Lowland
Sheepdog is a working dog that needs daily
exercise such as a brisk walks, jogging
or playing fetch. This is a breed which
needs to be kept physically and mentally
active. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog has
an excellent memory.
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a
very hardy breed - there are no specific
heredity health concerns. The average life
span of a Polish Lowland Sheepdog is between
12 - 14 years.
• The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is also
known as Polski Owczarek Nizinny and for
short - PON.
• The Polish Lowland Sheepdog almost
became extinct during WWII, however, Dr.
Danuta Hryeniewicz along with other dog
fanciers were able to revive the breed.
AKC: Herding Group
ANKC: Working - Group 5
CKC: Herding - Group 7
FCI: Group 1 Section 1 Sheepdogs