Polish Lowland Sheepdog


A small to medium sized Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Polish Lowland Sheepdog Quick Summary
Also Known AsPolski Owczarek Nizinny (PON)
Height (at withers)16-20in (40-51cm)
Weight30-40lbs (14-18kg)
Hair Colour(s)Varies
Lifespan12-15 years
Energy LevelHigh
Litter size2-6
Barking TendencyHigh
Exercise requirementsHigh
Ease of trainingMedium
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftHigh

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a small to medium sized, shaggy looking dog. The body is muscular and rectangular in shape, with a level topline, straight forelegs and a high-set docked tail. The head is medium in size despite looking larger due to the thick hair, with a large dark nose, high-set heart-shaped ears and brown eyes. The double coat is long and wiry with an unkempt look, and the colouring tends to be grey or white with black or grey, although all colours are acceptable.


Polish Lowland Sheepdogs are lively and confident dogs. With plenty of courage, they are spirited but level-headed and stable at the same time, and tend to mature quickly, and make loyal companions and loving family pets. These are quite active and watchful dogs that like to have tasks to do, and without adequate exercise can become bored and destructive. They are intelligent but can also be stubborn, independent and dominant if allowed, and although training and housebreaking can be pretty straightforward, they are best suited to those with some exprience of dog ownership and training because assertiveness and consistent training will be required. Polish Lowland Sheepdogs tend to be fine with older, more considerate children when correctly socialised, although may tend to herd smaller children. They are fine with other pets and dogs, especially when socialised, and these natural guardians are territorial and naturally suspicious around strangers, and so make effective watchdogs that will bark at anything unusual.

History & Skills

Polish Lowland Sheepdogs originate from Poland as you might expect, where they were used as herding dogs for sheep as far back as the 1500's. Known for their stamina and great memories, they served alongside Polish Shephers for centuries before almost being wiped out during the Second World War. Thankfully the breed was revived by Polish breeders but is still quite rare.

Breed Specific Ailments

Polish Lowland Sheepdogs tend to live between 12 to 15 years and are a very healthy breed. Some of the few health problems that may noted in this breed includes hip dysplasia and PRA.


Polish Lowland Sheepdogs are low shedders and so are suitable for those people suffering with allergies. Their grooming requirements are low too, and their coats will simply need a weekly brushing to remove dead hair, and note that they do not generally require trimming.

Exercise & Environment

Polish Lowland Sheepdog tend to live indoors, and despite being very active, they can be suitable for small homes such as apartments as long as they are taken outside and exercised frequently and perhaps given a task to do. They prefer cooler climates and will need lengthy daily walks, although again, as they are herding dogs they will thrive when employed to do a job. They make excellent hiking companions.


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