- Polish Lowland Sheepdog
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog ( _pl. Polski Owczarek Nizinny, also PON), is a medium sized, shaggy-coated,
sheep dogbreed native to Poland.
The PON is a muscular, thick-coated dog. The
double coatcan be of any color or pattern; white, gray, and brown are most common, with black, gray, or brown markings. It is common for colors to fade as the dogs reach adulthood. The undercoatis soft and dense, while the topcoatis rough and either straight or wavy, but not curly. The hair around the head makes the head appear to be larger than it actually is, and typically covers the eyes.
Males are 45 - 50 cm (18 - 20
inches) in height at the withers, while females are 42 - 47 cm (17 - 19 inches). The body is not square, but rectangular; the ratio of the height to the body length should be 9:10 (a 45 cm tall dog should have a body 50 cm long). The tail is either very short or docked. Some undocked dogs have tails that curl over the back.
Polish lowland sheepdogs are stable and self-confident, but are wary of strangers. They have an excellent memory and can be well trained, but may dominate a weak-willed owner. PONs adapt well to various conditions, and are popular as
companion dogs for apartmentdwellers in their native Poland. PONs require a moderate amount of exercise daily.
Known in its present form in Poland from at least the thirteenth century, the PON is most likely descended from the
Puliand the herding dogs.
Kazimierz Grabski, a Polish merchant, traded a shipment of grain for
sheepin Scotlandin 1514, and brought six PONs to move the sheep. A Scottish shepherd was so impressed with the herding ability of the dogs that he traded a ram and two ewes for a dog and two bitches. These dogs were bred with the local Scottish dogs to produce the Scottish herding dogs, most obviously the Bearded Collie.
Almost driven to extinction in
World War II, the PON was restored mainly through the work of Dr. Danuta Hryeniewicz and her dog, "Smok" ( en:Dragon), the ancestor of all PONs in the world today, who sired the first ten litters of PONs in the 1950s. The breed standard was written with Smok as the model, and accepted by the Fédération Cynologique Internationalein 1959.
In general, PONs are a very healthy breed. Animals should be checked for hip dysplasia and
progressive retinal atrophybefore being used for breeding. PONs require a low proteindiet. The life expectancy of a PON is 12 to 15 years.
* [http://www.ponklub.com.pl/Standard.asp FCI standard from PON Klub]
* [http://www.aponc.com/ponstandard.html AKC standard from APONC]
* [http://www.dog-breeds.net/Polish_Lowland_Sheepdog.htm Polish Lowland Sheepdog Info from Dog-Breeds.net]
* [http://www.cs.uu.nl/wais/html/na-dir/dogs-faq/breeds/pons.html Polish Owczarek Nizinny Sheepdog Breed-FAQ]
* [http://www.ponklub.com.pl/default1.asp?Language=ENG& Klub Polskiego Owczarka Nizinnego (Poland, in English)]
* [http://www.aponc.com/ American Polish Lowland Sheepdog Club]
* [http://www.cponc.com/ Canadian Polish Lowland Sheepdog Club]
* [http://www.plsc.org.uk/ The Polish Lowland Sheepdog Club (UK)]
* [http://ponforums.proboards102.com/index.cgi PON Forums]
* [http://storalvenskennel.com/ Storälvens Kennel Swedish Breeder of PON]
http://www.dogsindepth.com/herding_dog_breeds/polish_lowland_sheepdog.html <----- For more info
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