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Polish Lowland Sheepdog Dog Breed:

 

Polish lowland sheepdogs are one of the most recognizable breeds of dog primarily because of their long flowing shaggy coats that make them one of the most adorable dogs around.



Originally from Poland, where it is known as Polski Owczarek Nizinny or PON, the dogs were bred by mating Tibetan terriers with cord coated Hungarian sheepdogs. The breed was extensively used in sheep herding – hence the name. With the advent of World War II, however, the breed was nearly decimated and only a number of decades with careful and meticulous breeding have brought the breed back to a level of survival.



Legend has it that one Scottish farmer was so impressed with the herding ability of the canine that he traded some grain for six of them, leading to their prominence in certain Scottish regions. The Polish lowland sheepdog was introduced to the United States of America around the 1980’s.     

The dogs predominantly have either white and grey or black coats, but it is not uncommon to see coats of different colors.



While the shaggy hair over the face will usually cover the eyes, they are either hazel or brown in color. Beneath the fuzzy double coated hair of the animal lie some very powerful muscles. The thigh muscles are especially powerful and broad – producing the required energy to propel the animal’s significantly large body assuredly over mountainous landscapes.

As with any other dog breed, polish lowland sheepdog puppies are smaller, very cute versions of the mature adults. The dog is known to be extremely cheerful and playful while also being highly regarded for its good memory. Its high intelligence and obedience make it relatively easy to train. However, the dog should always be trained by a strong willed individual as, if the trainer is of lower determination than the dog, the canine will assume the lead role – which can lead to a number of the character flaws including, but not limited to, disobedience, destructiveness as well as over protectiveness of certain objects around the household. The breed is known to be excellent in dealing with children that it has grown up with and can make a brilliant companion. While the dog will be rather friendly with other dogs, it will almost always assume the leader role and will stand its ground when that title is under threat from any other dog.

The Polish lowland sheepdogs are not known to suffer from any health related problems and will live for as long as 15 years under normal living conditions.

 
  Submitted on May 7, 2010