American Polish Lowland Sheepdog Association

Breed Information

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog, also known as a PON, is a very old breed that almost became extinct following the World Wars in Europe. He was known in  Poland as the Polski Owczarek Nizinny.  PONS are  a medium sized , compact, strong and muscular dog with  a long thick coat that covers the eyes.  He is a herding dog who is extremely smart and very, very intuitive. His memory is remarkable , so much so that he can do his job without the help of a master.  You, your kids, other animals , and even his toys may well be herded.  Below is a synopsis of some things you probably want to know about the breed as you do your reserach.  There are also additional sites where you may find much more information.

 

THE AMERICAN POLISH LOWLAND SHEEPDOG ASSOCIATION RECOMMENDS THAT YOU

CONSIDER THE INFORMATION BOTH ABOVE AND BELOW , BUT YOU DO NOT CHOOSE THIS BREED

JUST BECAUSE IT IS CUTE.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO LEARN ALL YOU CAN ABOUT THE PONS BY

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Size--males 18-20 inches; females 17-19 inches


Weight--35 to 50 pounds
 
Colors--all colors are acceptable.  Black and  white, black,
             white,grey, charcoal grey,  chocolate, cream, etc.
             Many have a fading gene and will lighten as they
             get older.   A few may go from black puppies to
             adult whites; someeven darken up some again as they
             age. Chocolates will have a chocolate nose. Don't
              buy based on color alone!
               

Coat--long, dense, shaggy and reasonably straight.  Top
           coat coarse; undercoat softer.  Hair covers the
           eyes . Considered to be a non-sheddar; requiring at
           least a good brushing each week. Bath
           recommended every 4-6 weeks.  Color may change
           throughout life.
 
Temperament--Stable and self-confident. Requires training
           and socialization from puppyhood with a clear set
           of rules. Training and socialization must be fair, firm,
           consistent and positive.  When not working or herding,
           makes a great companion. Adapts to most lifestyles,
           but is happiest when with you, his herd.  Loyal., he
           is often aloof and stand-offish with strangers.Puppy
           kindergarten and obedience highly recommended.
 
Exercise--Needs daily exercise; a good walk or 20 minutes of
            serious fetch will do. Will do as much as you like, hiking,
            running, etc.
 
Children--Excellent when brought up and socialized with
             children. Children must also be respectful  to the PON.
             More on this is on the sites linked below.
 
Barking-- Very aware, will respond to different
              situations. Training is important when young . 
              Generally quiet around the house.  
 
Differences in males and females--opinions of this may
               vary from breeder to breeder.
 
Food and Nutrition--good quality kibble food is required; 
               protein 24% or lower.  Raw fed by some breeders.
               PONs may always appear hungry;  do not overfeed.
               Check with your breeder for further information. 
 
Health--some PRA, some hip dysplasia, some hypothroidism
               and may be others; Check carefully with your
               breeder and ask to see test results for these and
               other health  issues.  Also it is recommended you  
               check OFA, CERF, PENN HIP sites to learn more
               and the CHIC site to see if the appropriate testing
               has been done on  both parents of any puppy you
               are considering. PONS at a minimum should be
               checked for hip problems (OFA or Penn Hip)and and
               any  eye (CERF) issues.
               Click here to learn more:
 
                             OFA, PENN HIP , CERF AND CHIC
 
 
 
Heat and Cold--does well in all parts of the country;  must
                take into consideration your own conditions and
                ability to monitor conditions.
 
Cost--Reputable breeders will generally sell their puppies
            between $1500 and $2500.  Prices will vary from
            breeder to breeder.

 

Detailed information this amazing sheepdog may be found by clicking on the following websites

 

Polish Lowland Sheepdog Info


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