Polski Owczarek Nizinny-- my new love

Discussion in 'Dog Breeds' started by szecsuani, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. szecsuani Experienced Member

    So, I just found this wonderful breed. And it was love at first sight.
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    So, here is some information:
    The Polish Owczarek Nizinny has a long wire-haired coat, with a soft under-layer. All coat colors are permitted, but white with grey or black, or plain grey are more common. The eyes are hazel or brown. The nose is dark. The teeth meet in a level bite. The back is level and fairly broad. The loins are well-muscled and broad. The PONS has a lot of hair on its forehead, cheeks, and chin. The legs are covered with dense harsh hair. The thighs are well muscled and broad. The tail is a natural bobtail or is docked short.

    Temperament

    This animated, happy, and alert dog has a good memory. It is obedient, intelligent and affectionate. Somewhat reserved and watchful with strangers, it will announce visitors loudly. The PONS should be accustomed to people at an early age. Dependable and fairly easy to train, once convinced something is the right way, the PONS will make the owner happy. It learns quickly and is very willing to please; however, it can be willful at times. This breed is responsive to firm, fair obedience training; but he is also clever, strong-willed, and likes to think for himself and make his own decisions. The PONS is a serious, responsible dog who could bite if provoked. This sheepdog may nip at people's heels, displaying herding behavior. The PONS is excellent with children when raised with them from puppyhood, and can be friendly with other dogs; but they will hold their own if another dog tries to knock them out from being the leader. The PONS will usually do okay with other non-canine pets. As a working dog for many centuries, the PONS is happiest when it is given a job to do. This breed is lively and clever enough to work sheep alone. This cute, shaggy dog does not grow into a calm, little lap-dog. The PONS is a curious, muscular, agile dog, that is liable to find trouble if left alone. This breeds needs an owner who is firm and consistent. Socialization and training are important. This breed is adaptable and makes a good traveling companion.

    Height: 16-20 inches (41-51 cm.)
    Weight: 30-35 pounds (14-16 kg.)

    The PON is a working dog at heart. It once watched over herds and flocks on the Polish plains. This dog is definitely not suited to town or city life, unless you plan on spending a lot of time exercising and stimulating. This intelligent dog needs stimulation and a job to do. Playing an active game of catch or Frisbee, or joining agility classes are just some of the things you can do to keep the PONS simulated and happy. If they are not actively working, they need to be taken on a couple of daily, long, brisk walks or jogs.
    The PON can live in an apartment if it gets plenty of exercise and has a job to do. It prefers cool climates.

    Origin

    The Polish Owczarek Nizinny is sometimes affectionately shortened to PONS, and is also sometimes called the Polish Lowland Sheepdog because it worked on the lowland plains. It is likely that this medium-sized, robust sheepdog evolved from ancient, corded herding dogs from the Hungarian plains, which were bred with other small, long-coated mountain herders. The damage of World War II very nearly led to the breed's extinction. Breed enthusiasts consider this PONS to be an important link between ancient, corded Asian herding dogs, brought to Europe over 1,000 years ago, and more recent, shaggy herders, such as the Scottish Bearded Collie and Dutch Schapendoes. This breed was revived by diligent Polish breeders after World War II. Popular in Poland and elsewhere, it is generally kept as a household companion, although it remains an excellent herder. It can also work in obedience, tracking agility and therapy.

    I hope you like it!
    I really fell in love with this breed...
    I think I'm obsessed with long haired breeds... :LOL::D

  2. tx_cowgirl Honored Member

    Aw adorable pups. Lol, yes I've noticed you tend to favor the shaggy ones. ^^ Neat breed, thanks for sharing Szecsuani!
  3. shaktishiloh Well-Known Member

    Hi szecsuani! :msngrin:

    I just saw your post and I must say I was touched that you mentioned PONs (Polski Owczarek Nizinny or Polish Lowland Sheepdog) because I know this breed very well as Poland is my country of origin. I've met PONs in Poland and some of my friends had PONs. I've never owned one but I was thinking about it. :) I love PONs too! :):msnohyes:

    PONs are GREAT dogs! They're smart, loyal and fun to be around and they have a bit clownish nature. :dogbiggrin: They're really great companions and have wonderful temperament as a breed (of course socialization and the way you raise a dog is always crucial, but in general it's a really great breed). Thanks so much for mentioning about PONs!
  4. snooks Experienced Member

    And I thought I had fur tumbleweeds with Goldens. LOL I love PON's but have never known anyone that had one. I've seen them on TV; the puppies are adorable aren't they.
  5. shaktishiloh Well-Known Member

    LOL :) They're really cute dogs. They have the goofy side and they're great companions. :)
  6. szecsuani Experienced Member

    I have never met one too, and they don't really exist here, there is only one breeder in Hungary... But I must get a beardie first, the PON can come after the beardie. :D

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