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Polish Lowland Sheepdog


Illustration of Polish Lowland Sheepdog

The Polski Owczarek Nizinny is the name of the breed in Poland and this it is shortened to the acronym and they are affectionately known as PONS. He is often born without a tail and his compact build owes something to the Puli which is credited as an ancestor. It is thought that there were Polish Lowland Sheepdogs in Scotland from the 16th Century, brought by Polish sailors and exchanged for other animals, so he might well have played some part in the ancestry of some of our native sheepdogs.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Every day
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.


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The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.

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