A highly reliable working breed, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog was traditionally used by farmers to both herd and guard. With origins dating back as far as the 13th century, the breed was almost driven to extinction during the Second World War, however was thankfully able to survive. Protective and good-natured, these dogs make for great companions, and are highly suitable to a family home. With this said, their personalities can be extremely strong, and so it is of paramount importance that owners are firm and consistent in their training. Natural guardians, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog may be suspicious of strangers, and so early socialisation is key ensure good behaviour around unknown animals and people.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Despite traditionally suited to farm living, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog is highly versatile and as such can make for an excellent apartment companion. This is provided of course that their extensive exercise requirements of over 60 minutes per day are met, as failure to do so will result in these dogs expending their boundless energy in a destructive fashion. With a non-shedding, hypoallergenic coat, these dogs are ideal for those with allergies. It is important to note however that this coat is fairly high maintenance, and will require regular grooming.
Common Health Issues
Canine Hip Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA).