Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Personality and Traits:The domesticated Polish Lowland Sheepdog has adapted his pastoral instincts toward protecting and loving his human family flock. He is a loyal and lovable pet, that has an affectionate and sometimes clownish personality. He is always eager to please and is a trainable companion. His guarding traits make him a bit reserved and wary of strangers until he is satisfied that they pose no threat.
Although he is not a barker, he will let you know when potential intruders (aka visitors) are approaching your home. Don't worry, he is also known for having a very good memory and will remember your friends!
Like most working dogs, the PON is both an intelligent and independent thinker. As such, he can be a tad stubborn and needs a strong leader, as well as training that is firm, yet fair and consistent. He will benefit greatly if he can take charge of some responsibilities around the house. From the time they are a puppy, PONs need to be well-socialized and exposed to a variety of situations, events and people, so that later on they will be able to intelligently differentiate between the things they encounter.
Activity Level:Herding dogs, including the PON, need plenty of regular exercise including mental challenges. Some of their exercise can take the form of agility games that you play with them, such as flyball or frisbee.
In addition, daily vigorous walks or jogging with a family member will provide them with the physical outlet they require.
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Space Needs:Being a dog with its roots in the countryside of Poland, a rural property with room to run will beat out any other as the ideal setting.
That being said, many of these dogs have adapted to living in apartments. The key is to make sure that the PON receives a considerable amount of daily exercise.
Children:The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is gentle and gets along well with children if raised with them. He is playful and loving with well-behaved children who are respectful of dogs. One thing to consider is the age and size of your child with respect to a rambunctious young puppy that can easily herd kids around and may be accidentally knock them down.
The best policy no matter what the breed, is to always have an adult closely supervise activities between pets and children.
Elderly:The Polish Lowland Sheepdog bonds closely with their owners and have been used in therapy situations. An elderly person may be luck enough to find one that is mature and has a more mellow demeanor. Two important considerations would definitely be grooming and exercise, which are more intense with this breed.
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