At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 30 - 35 lbs.

Height: 16" - 20"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Also know as: Polish Owczarek Nizinny, PON

Group: Herding

Origin: Poland (1200s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: Although its exact origins are unknown, the PON is thought to be a descendant of the Tibetan Terrier and Hungarian Sheepdog.

Temperament / Behavior
Extremely loyal and protective of its family, the PON has a tendency to bark. Although wary of strangers, the breed is an affectionate one that gets along well with children if socialized early. The PON is independent and has a stubborn streak, so firm, confident handling is necessary during training. This breed is an active one that will need a job in order to be fulfilled.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Requires an experienced dog owner. Breed-related health problems include: patent ductus arteriosus.

Special Needs
Exercise: The Polish Owczarek Nizinny is an active breed that needs several long play sessions and walks per day.

Grooming: Like the Old English Sheepdog, the PON needs extensive daily grooming. Otherwise, the wooly fur will mat and accumulate debris.


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