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.
Does your Polish Lowland Sheepdog bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety
is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
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.
If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet
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. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay
is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppy.
Consider crate training
if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
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. Socialization
is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Male: 40-50; Female: 30-40 lbs
Male: 18-20; Female: 17-19 inches
White with patches of gray, sandy, chocolate, and black.
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