Polish Lowland Sheepdog



The Polish Lowland Sheepdog was developed in the 13th century. This is an old breed, bred especially for the purpose of grazing and protection of sheep and cattle. Polish Lowland Sheepdogs almost went extinct during the Second World War, and even today, these dogs are extremely rare outside of Eastern Europe. Nonetheless, this is the most popular native breed in Poland. In 2001, the American Kennel Club recognized the Polish Lowland Sheepdog.

Height: 18-20 inches  Weight: 40-50 pounds  Lifespan: 10-12 years


The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a compact, strong, muscular and flexible dog of medium size. He is intelligent and extremely vigilant. Comparable Breeds: Old English Sheepdog, Bearded Collie.


The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is not recommended for novice dog breeders. This independent breed needs a strong-willed, self-aware and reliant master. Lowlands can be aggressive towards dogs of the same gender, and they are not suitable for families with cats or other small pets. Idleness makes this dog unmanageable. Polish Lowland Sheepdogs is always ready to protect his family and territory from suspicious strangers. These dogs get along well with the children within the family.

Coat / Care:

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog has a double coat. The outer layer is long, straight and shaggy. The undercoat is soft and dense. This breed sheds moderately. But, to prevent the hair from tangling, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog must be brushed daily. Bathe your dog if really necessary.

Health Problems:

This breed is generally healthy, but some may suffer species from progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and canine hip dysplasia. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog feels great in cool climates.


The Polish Lowland Sheepdog needs early socialization and obedience training. This dog is very intelligent, he has an independent mind and seeks to seize dominance. Therefore, the coach must be strict, fair and consistent.


Polish Lowland Sheepdogs cannot be kept in an apartment. Moreover, these dogs are not adequate for people who lead a sedentary lifestyle. Since this breed needs a lot of physical stimulation and mental work, the perfect habitat for its proper development is a rural area. Hence, Lowlands thrive best in a house with a large, fenced yard, where they can carry out their work. This breed loves running and playing with the family. He is making great progress in different types of dog sports.

Photo Credit: batwrangler/Flickr

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