Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Alexa Chatelle
Breeder: Domlina PON's
Photo courtesy of:
A. Henderson,

Breed Registries:

Note: The all-breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.




Males: 45 to 50 cm - Females: 42 to 47 cm


Average weight is between 35 and 50 lbs.

Breed Profile:

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog (Polish Owczarek Nizinny) is an ancient herding breed known in Poland since the 16th century and believed to be descended from the Puli. During the early 1500s, a Polish ship sailed to Scotland leaving behind one male and two female dogs in exchange for sheep from a Scottish shepherd. It is believed that these three dogs were ancestors to the Bearded Collie and to which the PON bears a close resemblance in both character and appearance. In Canada, the United States and Poland, the breed is commonly referred to as the PON. In some European countries, the breed is known as the Nizinny. Following World War II, the breed was almost extinct but today he is well established and was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2001.

The PON is lively, vigilant, intelligent, perceptive and has an excellent memory. He is a robust dog who thrives on regular exercise and loves a challenge, thus does very well in such activities as agility, flyball and obedience competition. In addition, not only is he an excellent worker of sheep, he walso works well with cattle. He is hard working, obedient and fearless, protecting his flock whenever a threat presents itself. Very good natured and gentle, the PON is known to be very good with children. Often suspicious of strangers but always extremely loyal to family members, the PON also makes a good guard dog.

The PON's whole body is covered with coarse, dense, thick and profuse hair that may be straight or slightly wavy. The hair that falls on the forehead normally covers the eyes. He is of medium size, compact, robust, strong and muscular. — This breed should never appear to be elegant.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. Appropriate hip clearances, by OFA, PennHip, or X-rays on demand, as well as annual eye clearances by CERF or a report from a certified opthamologist, are part of the CPONC Breeders' Code of Ethics. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is considered a non-shedding breed. His double coat does, however, require regular brushing and it is important to get your PON accustomed to being brushed from a young age. The new puppy should be gently brushed daily. Between the age of 6 to 12 months, the undercoat will start to grow in and care must be taken to prevent matting, especially behind the ears and under the arms.

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

The PON, like all breeds of dogs, should be socialized from a young age to as many experiences as possible. He also requires positive and consistent training or he will tend to want to dominate. This is a herding dog who wants to protect his flock and he may perceive his flock to be anything from other animals to children. Therefore, early exposure to children and pets is also highly recommended.

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

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Additional Information

  • Herding Dogs — A section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website which includes training and general information about Herding/Stock Dogs; listing of Stock Dog Clubs and Associations; listing of upcoming shows and events; and more.
  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

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