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Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Polish-Lowland-Sheepdog

A Vigilant Watchdog

Affectionate, Herding group, Loyal

Polish Lowland Sheepdogs are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Polish Lowland Sheepdog and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Height:Male: 18-20"; Female: 17-19" Weight:30-35 lb Lifespan:10-14 years

Size
3

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
5

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
2

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Polish Lowland Sheepdogs generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Routine Care: She's a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. She is an energetic and active dog that excels at canine sports like agility, obedience, flyball and herding.

She is a spirited, watchful, and self-confident working dog. With sufficient exercise and early socialization, she makes an affectionate and calm housedog.

Positive Traits:

  • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

  • An excellent companion, family, or working dog

  • Highly trainable and eager to please

  • Confident, steady, and fearless

  • Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark

  • Good with children

Negative Traits:

  • Needs daily exercise

  • Has a tendency to herd, including small children

  • May be territorial when it comes to cats and other dogs

  • Easily bored if not given something to do, which leads to barking and chewing

  • Suspicious of strangers

  • Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership

Whether you are considering adding a new Polish Lowland Sheepdog to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Polish Lowland Sheepdog will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Polish Lowland Sheepdog you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Polish Lowland Sheepdog could encounter:

Diabetes

Hemolytic Anemia and Thrombocytopenia

Heart Disease

Eye Problems

Cataracts

Eyelid Abnormality

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog, or PON (Polski Owczarek Nizinny), originated in Poland around the 16th century and was bred to be a herding and guarding dog. The PON is known for its high intelligence and excellent memory. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is watchful and clever; she will fearlessly protect her “flock.” With early obedience training and socialization, PONs make joyful family companions. PONs are not recommended for first-time pet owners because they may dominate inexperienced owners and can be independent and stubborn; early obedience and socialization is recommended.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Polish Lowland Sheepdog shows signs of the following:

  • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

  • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

  • Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

  • Weakness and excessive clumsiness in the rear legs

  • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Care

    Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Polish Lowland Sheepdogs generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

    Routine Care: She's a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. She is an energetic and active dog that excels at canine sports like agility, obedience, flyball and herding.

  • Characteristics

    She is a spirited, watchful, and self-confident working dog. With sufficient exercise and early socialization, she makes an affectionate and calm housedog.

    Positive Traits:

    • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

    • An excellent companion, family, or working dog

    • Highly trainable and eager to please

    • Confident, steady, and fearless

    • Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark

    • Good with children

    Negative Traits:

    • Needs daily exercise

    • Has a tendency to herd, including small children

    • May be territorial when it comes to cats and other dogs

    • Easily bored if not given something to do, which leads to barking and chewing

    • Suspicious of strangers

    • Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Polish Lowland Sheepdog to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Polish Lowland Sheepdog will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Polish Lowland Sheepdog you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Polish Lowland Sheepdog could encounter:

    Diabetes

    Hemolytic Anemia and Thrombocytopenia

    Heart Disease

    Eye Problems

    Cataracts

    Eyelid Abnormality

  • History

    The Polish Lowland Sheepdog, or PON (Polski Owczarek Nizinny), originated in Poland around the 16th century and was bred to be a herding and guarding dog. The PON is known for its high intelligence and excellent memory. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is watchful and clever; she will fearlessly protect her “flock.” With early obedience training and socialization, PONs make joyful family companions. PONs are not recommended for first-time pet owners because they may dominate inexperienced owners and can be independent and stubborn; early obedience and socialization is recommended.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Polish Lowland Sheepdog shows signs of the following:

    • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

    • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

    • Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

    • Weakness and excessive clumsiness in the rear legs

    • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

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