The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a medium-sized, long-haired dog who, as his name suggests, originates from Poland.
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The Polish Lowland Sheepdog began to take shape when herding dogs brought to Europe by the Huns were crossed with one or more dog breeds of Tibetan decent. Polish Lowland Sheepdogs are excellent herding dogs because they are hardworking, obedient, fearless, and will attack any fox that threatens the flock.
2) Almost Extinct
Unfortunately, Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939 ruined the PONs breeders' efforts to start a registry for the breed. Many dogs were abandoned during the war, and only about 150 remained once the war was over. They bounced back thanks to efforts by breeders, and they were officially registered with the Polish Kennel Club in 1957.
3) Predicting Bombs
A legendary Polish Lowland Sheepdog named Psyche could apparently predict when bombs were going to drop in Warsaw. Before a bomb fell, she went around alerting people to take cover in shelters.
4) Independent Personality
The PON is a highly intelligent, good-natured working dog with a perceptive nature and an excellent memory. He marches to the beat of his own drummer — he’s very independent and stubborn — but he is a good companion to an owner who can provide kind leadership.
Without frequent brushing and combing, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs become a matted mess. You also need to use scissors to cut the hair away from the dog's eyes so he can see, and trim the genital areas for sanitary purposes. The alternative to brushing and combing is to regularly clip the coat short. This is my preferred option, as it keeps the dog cleaner and more comfortable. And it looks great!
6) Polish Stamps
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is so important to his native country of Poland that he has been featured on postage stamps.
As this breed is muscular and strong, it can effectively control livestock. Its fluid movement, with long strides, allows it to trot easily for hours. The medium-sized and cobby Polish Lowland Sheepdog (or PON, as it is sometimes referred to) has a slightly long body that provides good agility. Its energy-efficient gait is also enhanced by its inclination to amble.
In general, PONs are a very healthy breed. Animals should be checked for hip dysplasia and checked for eye abnormalities such as PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) before being used for breeding. PONs require a low protein diet. The life expectancy of a PON is approximately 12 years.
Perhaps you're more familiar with the breed's nickname than its official name. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog's Polish name is Polski Owczarek Nizinny. In the United States, these dogs are often called PONs—the initials of their full Polish name.
10) Ancestors of The Bearded Colie
In the early 16th century, a Polish ship brought grain to Scotland to trade it for sheep, but when the ship arrived, the Scottish shepherd took interest in more than just the grain. The Polish ship was also carrying PONs to help herd its newly acquired cargo. The Scottish shepherd offered additional sheep in exchange for three PONs. It is believed that these three PONs became the ancestors of the Bearded Collie, a Scottish herding dog.