Basics of Dog Breed : Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Posted on September 27 2018

Basics of Dog Breed : Polish Lowland Sheepdog

The Plain Polish Shepherd is a medium-sized dog with a robust, muscular and vigorous body. His long and thick dress and his look, often hidden by his hair, give him an impression of both softness and liveliness.

Breed Information:

Other names: Polski Owczarek Nizinny, Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Origin:  Poland
FCI Group: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
FCI number: 251
Hair type: Long
Shape of the head: Round

Race history

According to various sources, the Polish Shepherd of Plaine is said to have come from Asian small shepherds . But it is especially from the 16th century that the breed began to interest the shepherds seriously for its qualities, especially those of Scotland. In fact, thanks to trade, Polish Shepherds from Plaine arrived in the north of the British island and quickly conquered Scottish herdsmen. As with many dog ​​breeds, the race suffered the consequences of the Second World War with full force, seeing its numbers shrink dramatically and alarmingly.

Fortunately, dog enthusiasts, including Dr. Danuta Hryniewicz (1914-2007, veterinarian and honorary member of the Polish Kennel Club), helped restore the breed from the reach of 10 puppies from one of his protégés . The latter, named Spok, has also served as a basis for the standard. The breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on October 5, 1963.

Physical characteristics

His hair: long, thick, dense, abundant, falling from the forehead and thus covering the eyes. Presence of a soft undercoat. 
Its color: all colors, shades and marks. 
Its head: medium-sized, covered with a dense coat at the forehead, cheeks and chin. The skull is moderately broad and a little bulging, the stop is well accentuated, the truffle of color as dark as possible, the nostrils well open, the muzzle strong and obtuse, the jaws strong and articulated in scissors or pincers. 
His ears: rather high attachment, medium size, dangling and attentive. 
His eyes: oval in shape, medium size, hazel color, with a sharp and piercing look. 
His body :inscribed in a rectangle. The tourniquet is well accentuated, the back flat and well muscled. 
His tail:  covered with abundant hair, falling at rest, happily raised on the back (without wrapping) when the dog is awake.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 15 kg and 24 kg Between 40 cm and 46 cm
Male Between 15 kg and 24 kg Between 43 cm and 52 cm

A Polish Shepherd dog from Plaine is classified as a medium-sized dog .

Behavior and character

The Polish Shepherd of Plain is a sheepdog, guard dog and, more recently, companion. To fulfill these 3 roles, he combines qualities such as alertness , intelligence and receptivity . It is, moreover, characterized by a good enough memory. Equipped with a balanced personality, the Polish Shepherd Plain is as lively as it is weighted. He is very suspicious of foreigners .


Thanks to his great receptivity and his  remarkable capacity for memorizing , the Plain Shepherd Pole is easy to  train  and simple to teach even if he shows a  stubborn side  from an early age. Just make sure you learn and socialize as early as possible. The game and the work are excellent vectors of education for this dog.


The Polish Sheepdog is a hardy and hardy dog . Its double, long and thick dress gives it a good protection against difficult climatic conditions. It therefore enjoys a generally robust health, but the breed is predisposed to some diseases, including the risk of retinal atrophy (degeneration of the retina leading to a decline in vision). He has a big appetite and can eat without stopping. It is therefore necessary to seriously watch his diet, because he is also subject to obesity.

Maintenance & Hygiene


The Polish Shepherd of Plaine knows 2 molts a year during which he can lose a lot of hair . Although dead, these hairs often hang in her dress while remaining hooked. They are rarely found on the ground, which gives the false impression that the dog loses very little. Regular, thorough brushing cleans the coat by relieving it of dead hair.


It is recommended to  brush the dog every day during the 2 seasonal moults  (spring and autumn) to preserve the cleanliness and the beauty of its hair. The rest of the year, we can be satisfied with a brushing every 3 days.

Physical activity

The Polish Shepherd of Plain needs to  stay active everyday . Working dog in essence, he must be able to benefit from  long daily outings with exercises  to exercise .

Living conditions

Well protected by its dense dress, the Shepherd Pole Plaine  adapts perfectly to life outdoors , in a large fenced garden that also allows him to move freely. He can just as well live in an apartment if he walks enough on a daily basis. In town or in the countryside, the Polish Shepherd of Plaine demands good availability from his master and regular activities.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 800 € 1100 €

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