Male: 40-50; Female: 30-40 lbs
Male: 18-20; Female: 17-19 inches
White with patches of gray, sandy, chocolate, and black.
Also referred to as the Polish Owczarek Nizinny, this breed originated during the 13th century. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog's were used in the herding and guarding of sheep and cattle as well as companions. This breed was nearly extinct after World War II with only two males and one female surviving. Those three are the foundation of all of the Polish Lowland Sheepdogs of today. This breed is relatively rare in the United States.
Polish Lowland Sheepdog's are compact, of medium-size, muscular, and strong. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is independent, agile, athletic, and durable. They are alert, clever, and keenly perceptive.
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is not recommended for first time dog owners. This is a breed that has a strong-willed mind of it's own. They are aggressive toward dogs of the same gender and are not recommended for homes with cats or other small pets. As a working breed they were never intended to be household pets; boredom leads to destructive behavior. Polish Lowland Sheepdog's are loyal and protective of their family, home and territory and suspicious and aloof of strangers. They do well with children they have been raised with. This breed is not recommended for fastidious homes. They are extremely messy as their coat collects all manner of debris.
Polish Lowland Sheepdog's requier daily brushing to prevent the coat from matting and to remove loose and dead hair. Bathing should be done when necessary. This is a healthy breed with no known health issues. They do best in cooler climates.
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a double coat breed. The outer coat is thick, long, straight, shaggy, and dense. The hair covers the entire body including the head and eyes. The under coat is dense and soft. This Polish Lowland Sheepdog breed is an average shedder.
Early socialization and obedience is a must. Bred to think independently and solve problems on their own, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog has a tendency to be manipulative and dominant. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, and consistency.
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog breed is not recommended for apartment living or for sedentary owners. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog requires an inordinate amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation. They do best in a large securely fenced yard or a rural setting with a job to do. They enjoy hiking, biking, running, and family interaction. This breed excels at tracking, herding, obedience, and agility.
Help reduce the number of Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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