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Valee Sheepdog Breed Description

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Breed Organization

American Polish Lowland Sheepdog Club

Native Country

Other Names
Polish Lowland Sheepdog, PON, Berge Polonais de Vallee, Polski Owczarek Nizinny, Polish Owczarek Nizinny

Life Expectancy
Approximately 12-15 Years

Litter Size
Average 2-6 Puppies

Breed Group

General Description

Polish Lowland Sheepdogs have very long hair that is very thick with a soft undercoat. It is usually straight, but some can be a bit wavy. The most common colors of coat are the white with black, gray, or sandy patches or grey with white or chocolate patches. This breed is considered a non-shedder. It is common for colors to fade as the dogs reach adulthood. The undercoat is soft and dense, while the topcoat is rough and either straight or wavy, but not curly. The hair around the head makes the head appear to be larger than it actually is, and typically covers the eyes.

Breed Standard

Head: Medium size. Domed skull. Distinct stop. Large nose. Long, tousled hair on the forehead, cheeks, and chin, giving the face a soft look.
Ears: Medium size, drop, set on fairly high.
Eyes: Oval, hazel color, with dark rims.
Body: Stocky, strong, and muscular. Strong neck. Deep chest. Broad loin. Very muscular back. Short croup.
Tail: Naturally short; docked if necessary.
Hair: Coarse, dense, thick, and abundant. Soft undercoat. Long fall over the eyes is characteristic of the breed.
Coat: All colors acceptable, including piebald.
Size: Dog: 45 to 50 cm.Bitch: 42 to 47 cm.
Weight: 15 to 20 kg.


The Polish Lowland Sheepdog was bred from the Hungarian Puli and other Asian sheepdogs, such as the Tibetan Terrier. This relative of the Old English Sheepdog (and possibly the Bearded Collie) is a good guardian of the flock. The breed almost disappeared after WW II, but in 1971, it was recognized by the FCI.


This is an alert, courageous, rustic breed that is well-adapted to living outdoors in harsh weather conditions. The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is intelligent, dominant, vocal, and strong-willed. This dog requires firm training. Very distrustful of strangers, he is an excellent guard dog. Unfailingly loyal, this happy dog adores his owner and children, making him a good pet.

This sheepdog can adjust to city living if he is given a lot of exercise. Brushing once or twice per week is required.


Sheepdog, Guard Dog, Pet.


No health information Available.

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