5: Working Dogs
Level: Very active but not hyper
Function: sheep herder
Lively but self-controlled, watchful, bright, clever, perceptive
with excellent memory. Easy to train, works as a herding and watch
for: Active people & families.
Not many in Australia
10 - 14 yrs
Dogs: 43-52 cms (17"- 20")
Bitches 40-46 cms (16"-18½")
All colours acceptable
Whole body covered with long, dense, shaggy thick coat of harsh
texture with soft undercoat. Long hair covers eyes.
Appearance: Medium size, cobby, strong, muscular, fairly
long thick coat.
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog, also
known as the Polish Owczarek Nizinny (pronounced Ov-CHA-rek Nee-ZHEE-nee,
or PON), they are a Polish herding dog, which was originally bred
in the 13th century. In the beginning they were a working dog, used
for herding sheep in the Polish plains. They evolved, more than
likely, from ancient Hungarian herding dogs. World War II nearly
led to the breed's extinction, and even now, they are still a somewhat
They are loyal and devoted flock guards. They can be somewhat reserved
and suspicious of strangers, but they do respond well to children
and other animals if introduced to them properly and treated respectful.
Being small and extremely friendly companion dog they are a smart
choice for those living in apartments.
They may show aggression towards other dogs, but generally they
will get along with other animals. They are playful, lively, quick
learners and are willing to please their owners. They should be
obedience trained and their owners must be consistent in their training
in order to develop a strong relationship. They are not suitable
for inexperienced owners.
Very high maintenance. The long shaggy coat is prone to matting,
up to three hours a week of general grooming. Particular attention
should be paid to the ears, eyes and between the foot pads. The
coat can be thinned down with a fine steel comb often called a 'collie
comb'. The inside of the feet need to be clipped to prevent matting
and the belly is often shaved.
These active dogs need exercise everyday, the younger dogs requiring
relatively more. They love to play in water.
They will eat anything and have a tendency of getting overweight.
For Diet and other general dog health information Health/Nutrition