Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

(Polski Owczarek Nizinny)

Polish Lowland Sheepdog


ORIGIN

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FCI
Poland.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
07.08.1998.
KC
June 2014

UTILISATION

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FCI
Easy to handle, he works like a sheepdog and guard dog. Moved to urban city life, he is a very good companion dog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 1Sheepdogs and Cattledogs
Section 1Sheepdogs
Without working trial

KC
Pastoral

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs. Peggy Davis.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
The Polish Lowland sheepdog is a dog of medium size, compact, strong, muscular, with a thick long coat. His well groomed coat gives an attractive and interesting appearance
KC
Medium size, cobby, strong, muscular, fairly long, thick coat.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
The proportions of height at withers to length of body is 9 10. The ratio length of muzzle to length of skull is 1 1 ; yet the muzzle can be a little shorter.
KC
Lively but self-controlled, watchful, bright, clever, perceptive with excellent memory. Easy to train, works as a herding and watch dog.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Of a lively but tempered disposition, vigilant, agile, intelligent, perceptive and gifted with a good memory. Resistant to unfavourable climatic conditions.
KC
Alert, equable.

HEAD

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FCI
Medium dimension, proportional, not too heavy. The thick fur on the forehead, the cheeks and the chin give the head a look of being heavier than it really is.
KC
Medium size, proportionate to body, not too heavy, carried moderately low. Profuse hair on forehead, cheeks and chin make head appear larger than it is. Proportions of occiput to stop and stop to nose approximately equal, but muzzle may be fractionally shorter. Skull moderately broad, slightly domed, furrow from stop to occiput apparent when handled. Well defined stop. Nose blunt, wide opened nostrils, colour dark as possible.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Not excessively broad, slightly rounded. Frontal furrow and occipital protuberance noticeable.

Stop

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FCI
Well accentuated.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
As darks as possible in relation to the colour of the coat with large nostrils.

Muzzle

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FCI
Strong, blunt. Nasal bridge straight.
KC
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closing overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Strong and evenly placed teeth. Lips tightly closed and as dark as possible.

Lips

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FCI
Fitting well; their edges are of the same colour as the nose.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Strong jaws. Teeth strong, with scissor or pincer bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Medium size, oval, not protruding, hazel colour, with lively and piercing look. The rims of the eyelids are dark.
KC
Medium size, lively penetrating gaze, oval-shaped. Colour hazel to brown. Eye rims as dark as possible, closely fitting and showing no haw.

Ears

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FCI
Hanging, set rather high, of medium size, heart-shaped, wide at base; the fore edge is close against the cheeks; very mobile.
KC
Medium size, heart-shaped, large at base and set moderately high, drooping with fore edge close to cheeks.

NECK

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FCI
Of medium length, strong, muscled, without dewlap, carried rather horizontally.
KC
Strong, muscular, medium length without dewlap.

BODY

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FCI
Rather rectangular than square.
KC
Rectangular rather than square when viewed from side. Deep brisket with moderate spring of rib, neither flat nor barrel shaped. Withers distinctly marked; back level, muscular, with broad loin. Belly slightly drawn up. Croup short and slightly sloping. Proportions – height to length as 9:10.

Withers

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FCI
Well accentuated.

Back

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FCI
Flat, well muscled.

Loin

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FCI
Broad, well fused.

Croup

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FCI
Short, slightly truncated.

Chest

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FCI
Deep, of medium width; ribs quite well sprung, neither flat nor barrel-shaped.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Outlining an elegant curve towards the hindquarters part.

TAIL

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FCI
Short tail or stumpy-tail, very shortly docked tail.
Undocked quite long and very hairy tail. At rest the tail is hanging; if the dog is alert, the tail is gaily curved over the back, never curled or lying on the back. Undocked tail of medium length, carried in different manners.
KC
Previously customarily docked. Docked: Customarily docked if not born tailless or stumpy. Undocked: Any length acceptable, longer tails well covered with hair. Tail set is a continuation of croup. Carried high and slightly curved over back when alert. Never curled over back. At rest, tail hangs low.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Seen in profile and from the front Vertical and straight. Stance well balanced due to a strong skeleton (bone structure).
KC
Shoulders well placed with good lay-back, muscular. Legs when viewed from front or side, straight with slightly slanting pastern.

Shoulder

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FCI
Broad, of medium length, oblique, clean cut, very muscular.

FORELEGS

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Pastern

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FCI
Slightly slanting in relation to the forearm.

FEET

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KC
Oval, slightly arched but tightly fitting toes, with hard pads, nails dark.

Forefeet

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FCI
Oval, tight toes, slightly arched pads really hard. Nails short, as dark as possible.

Hind feet

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FCI
Compact, oval shape.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Seen from behind Vertical, well angulated.
KC
Well angulated, with broad and well muscled thigh. From behind, legs straight, turning neither in nor out. Hocks strong and distinctly angled.

Thigh

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FCI
Broad, well muscled.

HIND LEGS

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Hock

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FCI
Well developped.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Easy and ground covering. Walk or trot smooth (whitout much vertical displacement). The dog often ambles when he walks slowly.
KC
Smooth walking or trotting. Inclined to amble.

SKIN

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FCI
Tight fitting, without any folds.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
The whole body covered with coarse hair, dense, thick, and profuse; soft undercoat. Straight or slightly wavy hair is acceptable. The hairs falling from the forehead cover the eyes in a characteristic manner.
KC
Whole body covered with long dense, shaggy thick coat of harsh texture with soft undercoat, but never impeding the dog’s movement/action. Long/profuse hair on head, falling forward over the eyes in a characteristic manner, but not impeding the dog’s vision. Slight wave permissible. No loose skin anywhere on body. No evidence of coat trimming to enhance or change the natural outline of the dog.

COLOUR

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FCI
All colours and patches are acceptable.
KC
All colours acceptable.

SIZE

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KC
Height: dogs: 45-50 cms (17 3/4 -19 3/4 ins); bitches: 42-47 cms (16 1/2 -18 1/2 ins).

Height at withers

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FCI

Males 45 - 50 cm.
Females 42 - 47 cm.
The dog must retain the type of a working dog; consequently his size must not go down below the standard; he must neither be too weak nor delicate.

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.