Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Tatra Shepherd Dog

(Polski Owczarek Podhalanski)

Owczarek Podhalanski


ORIGIN

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FCI
Poland.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
08.06.1988.

UTILISATION

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FCI
Herder and watchdog. Its imposing attitude and beautiful appearance make it a good companion dog.

CLASSIFICATION

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

UKC
Guardian Dog

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Brought up to date by Dr. Paschoud.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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UKC
The Owczarek Podhalanski, also known as the Polish Tatra Sheepdog, originated in the Podhale, a small, mountainous region in southern Poland. Developed as a livestock guardian, the breed is also used for personal protection, as guard dogs for private property, for military and police work, carting, and as guide dogs. The Owczarek Podhalanski was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1995.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Of strong and compact build giving the impression of stamina and mobility.
UKC
The Owczarek Podhalanski is a strong and compactly built dog, with a rectangular shape. Its body is impressive, expressing both power and mobility.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Rectangular in shape, the length of the body of males being a little shorter than that of bitches.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Temperament calm, intelligent and alert.
UKC
Its temperament is calm and grave. The breed is intelligent and alert. Its imposing attitude makes it an attractive companion dog.

HEAD

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FCI
Lean, in good proportion to the body, carried at medium height both in movement and standing.
UKC
The head is lean and in proportion to the body. It is held at medium height both during movement and in a standing position.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Seen in profile slightly rounded ; the frontal groove is shallow.
UKC
In profile, the skull is slightly domed. The forehead furrow is shallow. The stop is distinct, but not abrupt.

Stop

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FCI
Distinctly marked, but without abrupt break.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black, of medium size, with the nostrils wide open.
UKC
The nose is black. Nostrils are wide.

Muzzle

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FCI
Strong, gradually tapering ; its length is slightly greater or equal to the length of the skull. The nasal bridge is broad.
UKC
The strong muzzle tapers slightly. It is slightly longer than, or equal in length to the length of the skull. The top of the muzzle is broad. The tight lips have dark rims.

Lips

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FCI
Desirably taut and well fitting ; the edges of the lips should be dark.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Strong, regularly set. Scissor bite, pincer bite accepted.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite, which is preferred. A level bite is acceptable.

Eyes

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FCI
Medium size, expressive, set slightly slanting ; the iris is dark brown ; the eyelid rims are dark.
UKC
The expressive, medium size eyes slant slightly. They are dark brown in color. The eye rims are dark.

Ears

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FCI
Set on at the height of the external angle of the eyes or a little higher, medium length, rather thick, triangular, well furnished with hair ; the front edge of the ear is in slight touch with the head ; auricle mobile.
UKC
The ears are set at the same height, or a little higher, as the external angle of the eyes. They are medium length, rather thick, triangular in shape, and densely coated. The front edges lie close to the head.

NECK

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FCI
Of medium length, muscular, without any dewlap, with a profuse mane ; the upper line of the neck is higher than the topline of the body.
UKC
The medium-length neck is muscular, without any dewlap. It has a profuse mane. The upper line of the neck is higher than the back.

BODY

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FCI
Long and massive.
UKC
The body is long and massive. The broad withers are distinctly marked. The back is level and broad. The loins are broad. The croup slopes slightly. The chest is deep. The ribs are oblique and rather flat. The tuck-up is slight.

Withers

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FCI
Distinctly marked, broad.

Back

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FCI
Level, broad.

Loin

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FCI
Broad , well coupled.

Croup

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FCI
Oblique, slightly sloping.

Chest

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FCI
Chest: Deep.
Ribs: Oblique, rather flat.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Slightly tucked up.

TAIL

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FCI
Set on not too high, carried below the topline ; when excited carried above the topline, but not curved ; hanging, it reaches the hock ; the tip of the tail may be slightly curved.
UKC
The tail set is not very high, following the slope of the croup. It is held below the level of the back. When the dog is excited, it may be held above the level of the back, but is not rolled. In length, it reaches to the hock. The tip of the tail may be a little curved.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forelegs muscular, with plenty of bone, but not too heavy ; seen from front straight and parallel.
UKC
The shoulder blades slope slightly.

Shoulder

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FCI
Slightly sloping, well adapted to the body.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The muscular, well-boned forelegs have plenty of bone, but are not too heavy. They are straight when viewed from the front. The pasterns slope slightly.

Pastern

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FCI
Slightly sloping forward.

FEET

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UKC
The large front and hind feet are compact and oval in shape. There is hair between the toes. The pads are strong, hard, and dark. The nails are strong and blunt. Dark nails are preferred.

Forefeet

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FCI
Compact, oval in shape like a relatively big fist. With hairs between the toes. Pads strong, hard and dark ; nails strong, blunt and dark.

Hind feet

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FCI
Like the forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Viewed from the rear hind legs vertical ; seen from the side slightly set backwards, moderately angulated.
UKC
The hindquarters are moderately angulated.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
Viewed from the rear, the hind legs are vertical. The rear pastern is straight.

Hock

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FCI
Seen from the side vertical.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
On head, muzzle, frontpart of forelegs and on the hindlegs from the hock downward the hair is short and dense. The neck and the body are covered with long, thick, straight or slightly wavy hair, hard to the touch. Undercoat profuse. On the neck a rich ruff ; the thighs are covered with profuse, long hair ; on the tail hair also profuse, forming a flag.
UKC
The hair is short and close on the head, muzzle, the front of the forelegs, and below the hock. The neck and body are covered with a long, thick, straight, or slightly waved hair that is hard to the touch. There is a profuse undercoat. The neck has a profuse ruff. The thighs and tail are covered with long, thick hair.

COLOUR

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FCI
Uniformly white ; little cream coloured patches are undesirable.
UKC
A uniform white is the acceptable color. Small cream-colored patches are undesirable.

SIZE

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Height at withers

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FCI
Height at withers For males 65-70cm, for bitches 60-65cm.
UKC
The height range, measured at the shoulders, for males is from 25½ to 27½ inches. The height range, measured at the shoulders, for females is from 23½ to 25½ inches.

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.
  • Frontal furrow distinctly marked.
  • Poor pigmentation of nose, eyerims and lips.
  • Light eye ( called « bear eye »).
  • Entropion.
  • Ears set high, directed backwards or cropped.
  • Neck carried horizontal.
  • Croup overbuilt.
  • Tail carried constantly above the topline.
  • Dewclaws.
  • Lack of hair between the toes.
  • Lack of ruff, lack of feathering on the legs.
UKC

Muzzle: A deep forehead furrow; poor pigmentation of the lips.
Eyes: Light, bear eyes; poor pigmentation of the eye rims.
Nose: Poor nose pigmentation.
Ears: High set ears; ears bent back; cropped ears.
Forelegs: Dewclaws.
Body: High at the croup
Hind Legs: Presence of dewclaws.
Tail: Tail held constantly over the back.
Coat: Lack of ruff; lack of feathering on the legs; lack of hair between the toes.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Stop too shallow.
  • Pointed muzzle.
  • Several missing teeth.
  • Over-or undershot mouth.
  • Ectropion.
  • Hair curly or silky.
  • Lack of undercoat.
  • Coat with coloured patches.
  • Nervous character.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Teeth: Several missing teeth; overshot or undershot bite.
Coat: A curly coat; a silky coat; lack of undercoat.
Color: Albinism. Piebald color.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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