Other names/Nicknames:
  • Polish Lowland Sheepdog
  • Owczarek
  • PONS
Country/Date of origin:
  • Poland
  • 1500′s
  • 16 to 20 inches
  • 30 to 35 pounds
  • A happy, upbeat companion that has all of its herding instincts intact.
  • Intelligent and is said to have an excellent memory.

A sheep-herding breed, which has not been seen outside of its native Poland for very long.  It has been rumored that it played a part in the creation of the Bearded Collie, although this is unsubstantiated.  At the end of World War II the breed had almost disappeared.  A Polish veterinarian dedicated himself to resurrecting the Nizinny with two dogs and six bitches that had survived the war.  The adorable appearance, quick wits, and handy size give this breed a very good chance to become popular.

Body Type:
  • A small, shaggy sheepdog that resembles a miniature Bearded Collie.
  • Hanging ears are not altered.
  • Naturally tailless or if not, the tail is docked.
  • Thick coat is long and harsh.  Should be slightly wavy.
  • All colors are permitted but the most common are white with or without colored markings, and solid gray with or without markings.
  • High amount of grooming required to keep coat from matting.
  • Seasonal shedding.
Health and Wellness:
  • A healthy breed in spite of its limited genetic heritage.
What you should know:
  • The PONS, as it is called in the United States is an up-and-coming breed.
  • It is already wildly popular in western Europe.
  • Puppies will be difficult to find and costly.
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