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Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Compact, lively and intelligent with a handsome coat


The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is also known as The Polski Owczarek Nizinny – the name of the breed in Poland, and this it is shortened to the acronym and they are affectionately known as PONs. In the waning days of the Roman Empire, the Huns were among the legions of Asian invaders who spilled into central Europe. It’s believed that PONs are the result of breeding Hunnic dogs with native stock in the region now known as Poland. PONs were bred to be levelheaded flock dogs by day and fearless guard dogs by night. They are often born without a tail and their compact build owes something to the Puli which is credited as an ancestor. It is thought that there were Polish Lowland Sheepdogs in Scotland from the 16th Century, brought by Polish sailors and exchanged for other animals, so they might well have played some part in the ancestry of some of the UK’s native sheepdogs.

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE

OTHER NAMES – Polski Owczarek Nizinny, PON


Polish Lowland Sheepdogs are excellent house dogs: accepting of other animals, gentle and tireless playmates for kids, alert watchdogs, and quick learners. The breed can also be dominating, stubborn, and suspicious of strangers, and early socialisation and puppy training classes are highly recommended. They are affectionate, bouncy, trainable pets for owners who can handle a confident, territorial herding dog. A high-energy, athletic dog, these dogs need ample exercise on a daily basis. At minimum, they should have a large, fenced-in garden to run around in for at least an hour or two daily. This breed bonds closely with their owners and love to accompany them on long walks or hikes, or working with their human partner in canine events such as obedience, herding, and agility trials. A Polish Lowland Sheepdog is never happier than when they know their place in the pack and who they can look to for direction and guidance. They are best suited to households where at least one person stays at home when everyone else is out so that they always have company. They have a very playful side to their natures and love to entertain and be entertained. They are known to be a little mischievous when the mood takes them and being so clever, they quickly learn what pleases an owner and how to get their own way.


This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources.

PURPOSE BRED FORFlock herding, Guarding
TEMPERAMENTAlert, Intelligent, Loyal
EXERCISE NEEDEDOver 2 hours per day
HEIGHT – MALE45-50 cm / 17.5-19.5 in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALE42-47 cm / 16.5-18.5 in (to shoulder)
COAT TYPELong, Dense, Shaggy
LIFE EXPECTANCY12 – 14 years


  • A legendary Polish Lowland Sheepdog named Psyche could apparently predict when bombs were going to drop in Warsaw. Before a bomb fell, she went around alerting people to take cover in shelters.
  • The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is so important to his native country of Poland that he has been featured on postage stamps.
  • They are not a good choice for first time dog owners because they must be socialised, handled and trained by people who are familiar with the needs of such an active, intelligent dog and one that needs lots of mental stimulation and physical daily exercise to be truly well-balanced.
  • Their shaggy, thick, double coat requires a lot of maintenance. The outer coat is crisp, with a water-resistant texture, and the undercoat is soft and dense.


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