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Polish Lowland Sheepdog

(Polski Owczarek Nizinny)

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Polish Owczarek Nizinny

(Polski Owczarek Nizinny)


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
UKC
Herding Dog

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs. Peggy Davis.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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UKC
It is said that the Polish Owczarek Nizinny, or PON, descended from dogs originally developed in Central Asia. The first written document about this medium-sized, heavily coated herding dog in Poland dates back to the 13th century. The early PONs were selectively bred in the eastern and northern districts of Poland. The PON is indeed a survivor. His working ability, intense desire to please and compatible nature have carried him through two global wars. The Polish Owczarek Nizinny was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1992.

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.
UKC
The Polish Owczarek Nizinny (also known as the Polish Lowland Sheepdog) is a medium-sized dog. It is cobby, strong, and muscular, with a long, thick coat and easy, smooth gait. It is resistant against unfavorable conditions and easy to train, working both as a shepherd and as a watchdog. Its coat, when well groomed, makes it look smart and attractive. In silhouette, the breed is rectangular, rather than square. Height to length proportion is 9:10.

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.
UKC
The PON is lively but self controlled, watchful, bright, clever and perceptive, with an excellent memory. Transferred to town, it is a very good companion dog.

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.
UKC
The medium size head is in proportion to the body, and is not too heavy. The profuse hair on the forehead, cheeks, and chin make the head look bigger than it actually is. The relation between the muzzle and skull are 1:1, but a little shorter muzzle is acceptable.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Not excessively broad, slightly rounded. Frontal furrow and occipital protuberance noticeable.
UKC
The skull is not excessively broad and is slightly rounded. There is a palpable forehead furor and the occiput is noticeable. The stop is distinctly marked.

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.
UKC
The nose has wide open nostrils, and is as dark in color as possible.

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.
UKC
The muzzle is strong and blunt, with a straight nasal bone. The tightly closed lips have edges of the same color as the nose.

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.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors or level 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.
UKC
The medium size, oval eyes are hazel in color and do not protrude. They have a lively, penetrating gaze. The edges of the lids are as dark as possible.

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.
UKC
The medium sized, heart-shaped ears are set rather high and wide at the base. The ears hang with the front edge close to the cheeks, and they are very mobile.

NECK

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

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.
UKC
The chest is deep and moderately wide. The withers are distinctly marked. The back is level and muscular. The loin is broad. The croup is short and slightly sloping. Ribs are well sprung but not barrel shaped.

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.
UKC
Natural long tail, natural bob, or docked very short. If natural long, the tail should be well covered with hair and carried gaily curved over the back, never curled or lying on the back.

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.
UKC
The shoulder blades are wide, medium long, obliquely set, clean cut and muscular.

Shoulder

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

FORELEGS

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UKC
Seen from the front and from the side, the forelegs are straight with good bone. The metacarpals (front pasterns) are slightly slanted in relation to the forearm.

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.
UKC
Feet are oval shaped, with tight, slightly arched toes. Pads are hard. Nails are short and as dark as possible.

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.
UKC
Well angulated.

Thigh

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FCI
Broad, well muscled.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
Thighs are broad and well muscled. The hock is distinct.

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.
UKC
Easy, ground-covering, and smooth at the walk or trot. At slow speeds, the breed often ambles.

SKIN

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FCI
Tight fitting, without any folds.
UKC
Skin is tight, 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.
UKC
The breed is double coated. The whole body is covered with a long, dense, shaggy, thick coat. The undercoat is soft and dense. Characteristically, long hanging hair covers the eyes. A straight or slightly wavy coat is acceptable. The PON is to be exhibited in as close to natural a state as possible.

COLOUR

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FCI
All colours and patches are acceptable.
KC
All colours acceptable.
UKC
Every color, including piebald patterns, allowed.

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.
UKC
Dogs: 17 inches up to, and including, 20 inches. Bitches: 16 inches up to, and including, 18 inches. It is not desirable to diminish the size below the standard and make the dog too delicate, as it should keep the character of a working dog.

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.
UKC

Appearance: Nervous, cowardly, phlegmatic character. Legs too high.
Muzzle: Round, apple-shaped head. Convex or concave muzzle topline. Lack of lip pigment.
Teeth: All faulty dentition.
Eyes: Light yellow or jackdaw eyes.
Nose: Lack of pigment.
Ears: Ears set too high.
Neck: Neck held too high.
Body: Weak or roached back. Feeble loins. Greyhound (flat) or barrel-shaped ribs.
Coat: Curly coat. Short coat. Lack of undercoat.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.
Color: Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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