Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Dog Breed Profile
Polish Lowland Sheepdog

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• High energy level
• High exercise needs
• Very playful
• Very affectionate
• Friendly towards other dogs
• Very friendly around other pets
• Shy around strangers
• Difficult to train
• Great watchdogs
• Very protective
• High grooming requirements
• Low tolerance to heat
• High tolerance to cold


The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a long-coated shaggy dog breed and has the look that makes every child want to hug him. He’s generally good with children, but can be wary of strangers and may be somewhat resistant until comfortable with a new person.

Don’t let his adorable face fool you, he can be quite serious, and has no problem holding his own when challenged by another dog. He may be a medium sized breed, but he is very agile, muscular and strong, qualities that are necessary for herding and controlling livestock.

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog likes to bark, and they are extremely lively, but they also have a very affectionate side, and their loyalty is just one of their characteristics that make them good companions.

His coat gives him good protection against the elements, but he prefers to be outdoors only when playing or working. He likes to be as much a part of life indoors as out.

  • Best suited for homes with indoor/outdoor access or apartments when regular exercise is a part of his daily routine
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for include hip dysplasia, hearing and eyes
  • Grooming needs include regular twice weekly brushing, and regular trips to the salon.
  • Under proper conditions (lots of exercise and attention) they can make good family pets. They are loyal and protective, and can be great companions.
  • The average size of a male is 30 to 35lbs and 18 to 20inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 30 to 35lbs and 17 to 19 inches tall

Care & Health:

The Polish Lowland sheepdog is a working dog by nature, and is happiest when he has a task to do. He thrives on herding and exercising his agility, as well as keeping his mind and body both active. He won’t be happy being confined, and will be more content when he can enjoy life indoors and out.

Be sure to brush his coat every few days to keep it healthy and free of matting and tangles.

Major Health Concerns:


Minor Health Concerns:


Test for:

–hips and eyes

Life Span:

–10 to 14 years

Breed History:

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is generally referred to as PON (PolskiOwczarekNizinny) in most parts of the world. It’s thought that this dog may have originated from the Tibetan Terrier in Asia, taking the role of helping shepherds herd sheep. Their size did not scare sheep which made them perfect herders, and they were a popular breed until purebreds became the latest craze.

The PON quickly became a favorite on large estates and were finally shown at a dog and poultry show in 1924 in Warsaw. The registry of the PON was put on hold when Germany invaded Poland. After World War II there were only about 150 of these dogs left, but avid PON fans helped to rebuild the breed’s numbers.

Popularity grew around the world until they were recognized and admitted to the AKC in 2001.

  • Family history herding, livestock
  • Originally from Poland
  • Originated in ancient times
  • Original purpose was sheep herding
  • Today they are used for sheep herding and as companions
  • Also known as PolskiOwczarekNizinny, PON