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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Herding

Weight:

Polish Lowland Sheepdogs weigh between 16 and 20 kg.

Height:

40 – 52 cm

Color(s):

Polish Lowland Sheepdogs are any combination of white, grey, brown, and black.

Coat:

Their undercoat is soft but dense while their topcoat is more rough.

Overview

Character:

These are friendly but strong-willed dogs that are highly confident.

Country of Origin:

Poland

History:

As they originated in Poland, the first versions of the Polish Lowland Sheepdogs were used as herding dogs throughout Europe. Their ancestry suggests they are descendents of the Huns’ herding dogs.

Apparently, a Polish merchant in the early 1500s traded grain for sheep in Scotland and used Polish Lowland Sheepdogs to herd them. This breed had very impressive herding abilities and soon became popular among Scottish sheep farmers. Later, the dogs were bred with Scottish dogs and gave rise to Scottish herding dogs like the Bearded Collie.

Name:

Their name is indicative of the role they traditionally served as sheep herders in the lowlands of Poland.

Temperament:

These are confident dogs that may be reserved around strangers. They can be easily trained by a confident and assertive owner but may take a dominant approach to a weak owner. They make excellent companions as they are loyal and affectionate.


Care

Training:

Early training of Polish Lowland Sheepdogs is important as they tend to be strong willed. Training should be positively focused (rather than being based on punishment) and requires a certain level of firmness from their owner. They’re known to have excellent memories making them easy to train.

Activity:

As is the case with all dogs, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs require regular exercise but usually survive quite happily in the home. Still, access to a large yard is beneficial for this breed of dog as they are originally sheep herding dogs accustomed to roaming large fields.

Ownership:

Polish Lowland Sheepdogs are alert, friendly, loyal and affectionate making them excellent pets. Because they are intelligent, have excellent memories, and eager to please they tend to be obedient and well-mannered.

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