Polish Lowland Sheepdog

The Plains Polish Shepherd Dog is a medium sized dog with a compact and muscular body. Its long, dense coat gives it an attractive appearance and requires proper care to maintain its interesting appearance.

General details

The breed is of medium size, weighing between 14 and 23 kilograms. The height in males is between 46 and 51 cm and in females between 43 and 48 cm. Their life expectancy is 12 to 14 years. The Polish Shepherd Dog of the Plains belongs to Group 1 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes Shepherd Dogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs).

Breed history in brief

The Polish Plains Shepherd Dog is a herding dog breed originating in Poland. Its history goes back several centuries, where it was bred to assist shepherds in guarding and driving livestock on the Polish plains. It is believed to be descended from ancient herding dogs brought by the Vikings in the 13th century. For centuries, it played a vital role in Polish rural life, however, during World War II, the breed was on the verge of extinction due to conflict and adverse conditions. Thanks to the efforts of some passionate breeders, the Plains Polish Shepherd Dog managed to survive. Today, the Plains Polish Shepherd Dog is valued as a loyal companion and an exceptional working dog, although its popularity remains relatively low outside Poland.

Breed characteristics

The Plains Polish Shepherd Dog is a medium sized dog with a well proportioned head, pendant and high set, heart-shaped ears. The eyes are oval, hazel with a lively expression. The tail may be medium-sized or long, or it may be docked. They have an abundant, thick and strong coat, which can be smooth or slightly wavy. All colors and spots are accepted. They are docile, courageous and responsive dogs. They are excellent working and herding dogs, showing great skill and dedication in their work. They are affectionate and protective of their family, but can also be reserved with strangers. They are energetic dogs that require daily exercise and enjoy companionship and mental stimulation.

Common health problems

The Plains Polish Shepherd Dog breed is characterized by good health. However, they are prone to develop certain disorders or pathologies such as cataracts, corneal dystrophy, entropion, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, pemphigus foliaceus, progressive retinal atrophy and von Willebrand's disease.

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