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    History & Overview

    The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a very old breed of sheep and guard dogs that looks like a Bearded Collie, but it is smaller. In Poland and the United States, this breed is often referred to by its Polish acronym PON (Polish Owczarek Nizinny). It is believed that PONs descended from large, heavily coated sheepherders from Central Asia with which they share many common characteristics: long, protective coat, loyal personality, strong herding instincts, and a highly developed sense of territory. Dr. Danuta Hryniewicz, a veterinarian from northern Poland, is generally credited as the person most responsible for bringing today’s PON back from extinction after World War II.

    Character

    These sheepdogs are very loyal to their families, but aloof with strangers. Puppies need to be socialized at a very young age. PONs tend to be somewhat dominant and need consistent training. Lively, vigilant, agile, and very intelligent, they make good family companions and love the company of children. Some PONs may fight with other dogs, but in general, they get along with other family pets. In obedience training, they require firm and confident handling. Although they can adapt to various lifestyles, PONs will be at their best when provided plenty of exercises.

    Appearance

    The Polish Owczarek Nizinny is a medium-sized dog, compact, strong, muscular, with a long thick coat. The weather-proof double coat consists of a coarse, dense, thick, and profuse outercoat and a soft undercoat. The hair is straight or slightly wavy. All colors and patches are acceptable. According to the breed standard, the ideal height at the shoulders is between 17 and 20 inches. The tail may be very shortly docked or undocked.

    Video Credits: Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    References:

    1. FCI-Standard #251
    2. E. Jane Brown, Tomasz Borkowski – The Official Book of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog
    3. American Kennel Club – The New Complete Dog Book
    4. Sheldon L. Gerstenfeld, Jacque Lynn Schultz – ASPCA Complete Guide To Dogs

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