Monday, June 9, 2014

Rare Breed Monday, Polish Lowland Sheepdog

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The Polish Lowland Sheepdog, or Polski Owczarek Nizinny, is a cheerful, intelligent, and fearless dog breed from Poland. The breed is popular in its home country, and it is gaining ground in the rest of Europe and the USA as well. 

The breed is believed to stem from long coated working dogs from Central Asia, and might be related to the Tibetan Terrier and Lhasa Apso.

The people of Tibet traveled and traded, and the dogs moved across Asia into Europe, where they mixed with local working dogs. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog has been used in Poland for at least six hundred years, herding and guarding.

Herding breeds are generally intelligent, energetic, and independent, and this breed is not an exception. The dogs are friendly and generally good with children, but can be stubborn and suspicious towards strangers. They do well in apartments provided they get enough exercise and have something to keep the entertained.

The thick and long coat requires daily brushing.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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