Breeds 101

Polish Lowland Sheepdog


Known to much of the world as the Polish Owczarek Nizinny, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog goes by the nickname PON.

Breed aficionados consider the Polish Lowland Sheepdog to be an important link between ancient, corded Asian herding dogs, brought to Europe over 1000 years ago and more recent, shaggy herders, such as the Scottish Bearded Collie and Dutch Schapendoes.

The breed’s origins go back to the early history of Poland, with crossings that may include Tibetan Terrier and Hungarian Puli.

This breed was revived by diligent Polish breeders after World War II.

Because the PONs were smaller than some of the larger flock-guarding dogs, they didn’t scare the sheep as much and had better endurance.

Popular in Poland and elsewhere, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog it is generally kept as a household companion; its size makes it suitable to apartment life, even though it remains an excellent sheepherder.

Medium, 30 to 50 pounds; females 17 to 19 inches; males 18 to 20 inches.

Color: Any color.

Self-confident, independent, willful; more serious than its appearance. Affectionate, but territorial and wary with strangers. Barks often. Good with children, especially when raised with them.

Energy level: Medium to high.

Best Owner: Active, firm, and consistent owners.

Daily exercise for mind and body (herding and agility are ideal), fenced yard, firm training, socialization, considerable brushing and combing of coat.

Life expectancy: 12 to 14 years.