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Description. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is medium to large in size, males are 16 to 20 inches tall and weigh 30 to 35 pounds, and the female bitch is 42 to 47 inches tall and 13 to 18 kg. of weight. They have a double coat that is shiny on the outside, with the undercoat soft, for warmth and weather resistance. While they can be any color, the most common are brown, white, and gray with gray, black, or brown markings, these colors can fade as the dog ages. These are big-boned with a strong skeleton that supports some pretty impressive musculature.

History. As the name suggests, these dogs originated in Poland, where they are still quite common. However, in Poland they are known by their correct name, which is Polish Owczarek Nizinny often shortened to PONS (and with a name like that you can see why). While originally bred as a herding dog, the vast majority are now kept as pets, although in their native Poland some are still kept as working dogs. This breed, like many others, was nearly extinct during World War II, but was revived by Polish breeders after the end of the war.

Temperament. They are generally cheerful dogs, quite lively and boisterous, as well as affectionate, intelligent and with a good level of obedience. They can be wary and vigilant around people they don’t know, and will announce the arrival of any of their visitors, in no uncertain terms, at a very loud volume. You have to assert yourself about your pet as soon as possible, they are bred to herd sheep and have a strong instinct to be in charge, if you don’t show this dog that he is number two and that you are in fact in charge then problems can arise. . Provided they are socialized early, they will make a loyal and friendly house pet, however, the herding instinct may kick in and the dog may start biting at the ankles, trying to herd the family. While this can be annoying; You have to admit, it’s pretty fun. If you are raised in a family with small children, this feature could be quite useful, if you send your dog, you will be able to accompany your children and take them home (providing great entertainment for your friends, I am sure).

Health problems. As with most medium to large dogs, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog can suffer from hip dysplasia. Other problems include the possibility of epilepsy and the risk of congenital deafness. Although in general they are a healthy breed with a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.

Cleanliness. Due to their very long and shaggy coat, they require brushing at least once a week with a stiff brush and comb, to prevent knots and mats in the coat. It will require fairly regular bathing, to eliminate the risk of tics and other skin parasites, which tend to like to live in this type of fur and can be difficult to remove. Depending on the surfaces they walk on, they will need to have their nails trimmed regularly.

Life conditions. This breed will require a fair amount of exercise; however, as long as they receive this, they will be reasonably content to live in an apartment or house. They prefer cooler weather but during the summer they can get by as long as the area they are in is well ventilated, they can be kept in the garden if you have one during the summer days. They are friendly and can be easily accommodated in a home with children, as with all large dogs care must be taken with small children as they are easily accidentally knocked over while playing, especially if the dog becomes overexcited.

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