Polish Lowland Sheepdog Overview
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog, also known as Polski Owczarek Nizinny or PON, has been found around Poland since the 1500s. It is possible that he is related to the Puli, and may be the link between corded and long-coated herding breeds. The PON is an excellent herder as well as guardian and watchdog. He is valued throughout Poland for his many talents.
Polish Lowland Sheepdog Characteristics
The PON looks very similar to other breeds such as the Old English Sheepdog, and corded breeds such as the Puli, however, is much smaller in size. They have the same happy look as OES however and maintain a natural herding instinct. They are great guardians and will defend anyone who dares threaten their “pack”, be it people or animal.
Polish Lowland Sheepdog Temperament
Outside of working, PONs are playful, intelligent, happy and loyal dogs with lots of energy. They are persistent, so should have a leader that takes control or else they will try to take charge. They very easily pick up on anything and do well with the entire family, including children.
Polish Lowland Sheepdog Care
The average lifespan of the PON is 12 to 15 years, typical for a dog of their size. No breed-health issues are reported, however, the hair around the eyes may need to be trimmed back to prevent eye infections or other obstructions. The breed should also have regular veterinary care to stay healthy and active.
Polish Lowland Sheepdog Coat
The thick coat of the PON needs weekly brushing and combing to prevent matting and tangling. Professional grooming and clipping may also be needed on occasion. Care should be taken to keep the area around the eyes and ears clean and trimmed to prevent infections and from obstructing vision.
Polish Lowland Sheepdog Training
While he may be independent and try to be in charge, the intelligence of the breed makes the POH easily trained. They work well with positive reinforcement training and with an owner who is willing to take charge.
Polish Lowland Sheepdog Activity
Lots of exercise is needed for this breed as the breed was originally created to work all day long. He is eager for any outdoor activity including hobbies such as herding trials or agility. Long walks and hikes are also a great way to get out excess energy and keep the PON happy and healthy.