Polish Lowland Sheepdog Information

"From breeding to training...what you need to know"


The Polish Lowland Sheepdog, or PONs . has a standard by which it is to be bred.  The goal of the good  PON breeders is to as closely match the standard as possible.  Below are some of the highlights of the standard.  To see the PONS standard in its entirety , there is a link I the middle of the page that will take you to the full standard.  Good PON breeders will consider the standard when breeding and a t a show the judges are to judge the PONS in the ring against the standard.

General Appearance:  Medium-sized,compact, strong and muscular with a long, thick coat and hanging hair that covers the eyes.  He is shaggy and natural in appearance with a docked or natural bobbed tail.  His herding and working abilitiy is attributed to an intense desire to please and compatible nature.  He is lively but self-controlled, clever and perceptive.  The breed is well known for an excellent memory and the abilitiy to work independent of his master. 


Temperament: He is stable and self confident.  He nees a dominant master and consistent training from the time he is very young. If this is not provided, he will tend to dominate the master.  When not used as a herding or working dog, he can be a magnificnet companion as he seems to fit into any type of lifestyle.  He is extremely loyal, but somewhat aloof and suspicious of strangers. 


Size:  dogs 18-20 inches;  bitches 17-19 inches (Weight 30-50 #)


Ratio:  9-10 , appearing slightly rectangular


Head:  Medium and proportioned to the body


Eyes:  Medium size and brown--chocolates may have lighter eyes


Teeth:  Strong white teeth, meet in scissors or level bite


Nose:  Black, except in chocolates which have a chocolate nose


Neck:  Medium length, muscular and strong


Topline:  Level


Tail:  short; no longer than two vertebrae


Forequarters:  Shoulders heavily muscled and well laid back


Hindquarters:  Large, heavily boned and well muscled with well bent



Coat:  Double, dense, shaggy, thick coat that is crisp with a water

         resistant texture ;  Undercoat is soft and dense.


Colors:  All acceptable




Important Note:  The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a wonderful and remarkable breed, but it is NOT a breed for everyone.  It is important that you can provide training that is firm, fair, consistent and positive.  It is important that your family ALL agree as to what the PON should or should not be allowed to do. All PON breeders will tell you this breed will continue to be what you have made it as a puppy. It has an amazing memory.  Therefore, training and socialization are MOST IMPORTANT  and if you don't have time to do this now, this is NOT the breed for you right now! 


It is also true this herding dog from Poland  has a long, double coat which requires a great deal of grooming.  A thorough brushing at least once a week is essential.  Again, if you don't have the time now, it may not be the right time for you to get a PON. 


Having said this, IF you have the time to train, socialize, and groom, and IF you are a person who will be FAIR, FIRM, CONSISTENT, AND POSITIVE, you will find the PONS to be the most devoted, fun-loving, loyal, smart, intuitive "friend" you will ever own.  It is often said ,"Once a PON owner always a PON owner" and that is why so many PON owners often end up with more than one PON.  (Not recommended you get a second one until the first is at least a year old and well-trained.)


For more on socialization visit


at Pon Puppy Buyers Guide.