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Polish Lowland Sheepdog


General Information - Polish Lowland Sheepdog


Group:
Working

Size:
Medium

Lifespan:
12-15 years

Exercise:
Medium

Grooming:
High

Trainability:
Low

Watchdog Ability:
Medium

Protection Ability:
Low

Area of Origin:
Poland

Date of Origin:
1800s

Other Names:
Polish Owczarek Nizinny, Valee Sheepdog, Berge Polonais De Vallee)

Original Function:
Sheep herder



History

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog derives its name because it worked on the lowland plains of Poland. It is likely that this medium-sized, robust sheepdog evolved from ancient, corded herding dogs from the Hungarian plains, which were bred with other small, long-coated mountain herders. The damage of World War II very nearly led to the breed's extinction. This breed was revived by diligent Polish breeders after World War II. Popular in Poland and elsewhere, it is generally kept as a household companion, although it remains an excellent herder.

Temperament

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is an active friendly dog. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is excellent with children when raised with them from puppyhood, and can be friendly with other dogs; but they will hold their own if another dog tries to knock them out from being the leader. They will usually do okay with other non-canine pets. As a working dog for many centuries, it is happiest when it is given a job to do. This breed is lively and clever enough to work sheep alone. This cute, shaggy dog does not grow into a calm, little lap-dog. This breed needs an owner who is firm and consistent. Socialisation and training are important.

Upkeep

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog needs daily exercise, either a moderate to long walk or a vigorous romp. It particularly enjoys herding. It can live outside only in temperate to cool climates, but would prefer to have access to the house. Its coat needs brushing or combing every other day, or it may form mats.