Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Other names: PON, Valee Sheepdog, Nizinny, PLS
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a breed native to Poland that enjoys considerable popularity in other parts of the world. It is medium-sized and its coat is shaggy; it is a healthy breed that - thanks to selective breeding - comes with no genetic disposition to specific cancers or ailments. The Polish Lowland is popular in the United Kingdom but less so in the United States.
Key facts about the Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Life expectancy :
Temperament :Affectionate Playful Intelligent
Origins and history
The Polish Lowland is thought to have descended from the Icelandic Sheepdog. Breed experts have suggested that the dog was in existence at the time of Attila the Hun (5th Century AD). In 1514 Polish Lowlands were brought by boat to Scotland. The dog’s popularity in Britain both as a herder and family pet has steadily risen since then. It is still not a commonly seen dog.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 1 - Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs)
Section 1 : Sheepdogs
Physical characteristics of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Female : Between 17 and 19 in
Male : Between 18 and 20 in
Female : Between 33 and 44 lb
Male : Between 33 and 44 lb
The coat of this dog is most commonly seen of black and white or a mix of black, white, grey or chocolate.
Type of coat
Topcoat is long, dense and shaggy; undercoat is soft and dense. The coat of this dog is abundant over the face and body.
A robust yet compact and elegant-looking dog is the Polish Lowland. The head is slightly rounded, its muzzle strong and blunt. Abundant hair cascades over the dog’s eyes, creating a unique appearance. The top-line is flat leading to a long and well-feathered tail.
Good to know
Tail docking of any breed of dog is illegal in the United Kingdom. If you suspect such a custom continues you should notify the RSPCA or the police. As a consequence of the ban all Polish Lowlands in this country should have long tails.
The Polish Lowland is loyal and affectionate. It is an even-tempered dog with no known tendency to anger or aggression.
This dog likes to entertain. It is known to show off when it thinks it has an audience.
Generally speaking, this dog is calm but it scares easily. It does not enjoy surprises, loud noises or sudden movements and can, as a result of these things, become overly timid and agitated.
The Polish Lowland is known to have an exceptionally good memory. It is a smart dog that can make decisions by itself but will also take and obey orders from its handler.
Polish Lowland Sheepdogs are not hunters; they are herding dogs. As such they do not have a high prey drive.
Fearful / wary of strangers
Polish Lowlands tend to be reserved and timid around strangers. It takes these dogs quite a while to trust people who aren’t already in their ‘circle’.
This is a wilful dog. In order that it stays good-natured and obedient the dog requires firm and steady training and reinforcement of the pack hierarchy.
Behaviour of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog
The Polish Lowland does not tolerate solitude.
Easy to train / obedience
Training of this dog must be done right: a confident master who is consistent and varies their style of training is essential. Polish Lowland Sheepdogs get bored easily of routine.
This is a dog that will bark incessantly if not trained to stop when commanded to do so.