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Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Polish Lowland Sheepdog Books

Group: Pastoral - Breed Standard

Origins

Known in its present form in Poland from at least the thirteenth century, the PON is most likely decended from the Puli and the herding dogs of the Huns.

Kazimierz Grabski, a Polish merchant, traded a shipment of grain for sheep in Scotland in 1514, and brought six PONs to move the sheep. A Scottish shepherd was so impressed with the herding ability of the dogs that he traded a ram and two ewes for a dog and two bitches. These dogs were bred with the local Scottish dogs to produce the Scottish herding dogs, most obviously the Bearded Collie.

Almost driven to extinction in World War II, the PON was restored mainly through the work of Dr. Danuta Hryeniewicz and her dog, Smok (en:Dragon), the ancestor of all PONs in the world today, who sired the first ten litters of PONs in the 1950s. The breed standard was written with Smok as the model, and accepted by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in 1959.

Description

Height: dogs: 43-50 cms (17-19¾ ins); bitches: 42-47 cms (16½ - 18½ ins).

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a stocky, muscular, thick-coated dog. The double coat can be of any color or pattern, although 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. The tail is either very short or docked. Some undocked dogs have tails that curl over the back. Nickname is PON

Character/Temperament

PONs are stable and self-confident, but are wary of strangers. They adapt well to various conditions, and are popular as companion dogs for apartment dwellers in their native Poland.

Breed Health

In general, PONs are a very healthy breed. Animals should be checked for hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy before being used for breeding. The life expectancy of a PON is 12 to 15 years.

Breed Care

PONs require a low protein diet. Their food intake should be carefully monitored, as they tend to obesity.

Exercise

PONs require a moderate amount of exercise daily.

Training

They have an excellent memory and can be well trained, but may dominate a weak-willed owner. See our books on training


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