Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Country of origin: Poland
Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC
Breed Group: AKC: Terrier Group,
FCI: Group 1 Section 1 #251
Occupation: Companion, Herding
Size: 14–16kg (31–35lb),
41–51cm (16–20in)
Longevity: 13 to 15 years
Exercise: Daily walks
Training: Average
Grooming: Time-consuming
Colors: All colours

This muscular, high maintenance, waterloving sheepdog, also called the Polski Owczarek Nizinny, has been known in Poland since the Middle Ages. It is probably a descendant of sheepdogs with corded coats from the Hungarian plains and small, long-coated mountain herders. Legend has it that in the 16th century it provided the foundation stock for the Bearded Collie in Scotland. Despite its long history, the breed was almost extinct by the end of World War II. It is now popular in Poland and beyond, especially where Poles have migrated and settled. A curious feature is that some are virtually tailless while others have abundant tails. This sheepdog makes not only an excellent herding dog but also a lively companion for people who can provide enough activity to keep it mentally and physically occupied.



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