Polish Lowland Sheepdog
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog, or the Polski Owczarek Nizinny, is a herding breed which originated in Poland during the 13th century. The breed most likely descended from the Puli breed and the Bearded Collie as well as several Scottish dogs. The breed almost became extinct during World War II but was restored by a Doctor. Nearly all Polish Lowland Sheepdogs today are descendants of Dr. Danuta Hryeniewicz’s dog’s litters.
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a medium sized breed. It stands 17-20 inches tall and has an almost square shape. Its height to length ratio should be 9:10. The coat of the breed is double and is typically white, gray, or brown, with black, gray, or brown markings. The topcoat is rough and wavy or straight, and the undercoat is soft. Its long hair typically covers its eyes. Its tail can either be docked or may curl over the back.
The breed is a self-confident breed which makes an excellent herder as well as companion. The breed is intelligent and has an excellent memory. It can be trained fairly easily by a dominant, positive owner. It adapts well to various living situations, but it is necessary that the breed get plenty of exercise.
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a generally healthy breed which can live 12 to 15 years. The breed may have some health problems which can include hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy.