Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Nizinny, Valley Shepherd, Polski Owczarek

Former guide and herdsman, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog is easy to handle and works like any other sheepdog or guard dog. He is faithful, constant, intelligent but also gentle and an excellent companion dog. The tendency is to use him more and more as a companion dog because of his natural kindness, patience, great affection and loyalty to all the members of the family.

Height 42 to 50 cm
Weight 14 to 23 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 15 years
Hair Loss Low
Excercise Need High
Home country Poland

Quick Overview of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog


  • Intelligent and lively
  • Close to his family
  • Loves children
  • Vigilant and very alert


  • Muscular, strong and massive build
  • Very elegant dress
  • Heavy bushy hair
  • Oval hazelnut colored eyes


  • Rarely ill
  • No particular pathology
  • Excellent life expectancy

Temperament of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Intelligent and lively, he is very close to his family and loves children. He will entertain the crowds and little ones. His sheepdog instinct is present and he is rather suspicious of strangers. Vigilant, perceptive and alert, he is always on the lookout to protect his own.

Easy to train because he is very intelligent, he still needs a good firm education.

Even if he looks like a nice doggie, he remains suspicious of strangers and his natural distrust makes him an excellent guard. He is sociable with other dogs and even with the cats of the household. He loves his family and is a very sweet dog.

He is quite easy to educate but hierarchy must be instilled in him at a very young age to avoid him leading everyone as he wishes.

He can easily adapt to any situation. Even city life in an apartment can suit him as long as he benefits from multiple daily walks. He is totally compatible with all family situations with or without children. He is always nice to the little ones and loves to entertain them.

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Breed Appearance

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Medium size, he looks bigger than he really is. His muscular, strong and massive build has a very elegant coat.

His beautiful coat and massive silhouette give him an appreciable weight, but his gait remains elegant, especially if he is well cared for and maintained. The breed is characterized by eyes completely covered with long hair.


Between 45 and 50 cm (17.72 to 19.69 inches) for the male
Between 42 and 47 cm (16.54 to 18.50 inches) for the female


Between 18 and 23 kg (39.68 to 50.71 pounds) for the male
Between 14 and 18 kg (30.86 to 39.68 pounds) for the female


His dress is accepted in all colors and stains are also allowed.


His large, bushy coat is abundant and thick and has a very soft undercoat. His hair falls back on his eyes in a very characteristic way.


His head has a broad skull with a well accentuated stop. His oval shaped eyes are medium size and beautiful hazelnut color. His small ears carried forward are cordiform. His nose is black. His tail may be long and hairy or simply short. It falls at rest or is carried cheerfully over the back in action. It never leans directly on the back or curls up.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 1, section 1 and is #251

Characteristics of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppy: between and
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder

Polish Lowland Sheepdog pictures

Tips About this breed

The education of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog is easy, even if it has to be firm. Therefore, if possible, try to educate him as early as possible.

As long as he is close to his masters and enjoys regular physical activity, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog will be happy in an apartment or a house.

Health of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Rarely sick, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog does not suffer from any particular pathology. He generally enjoys excellent health and life expectancy.


His abundant coat must be well cared for and requires at least a weekly brushing, once or twice a week is generally sufficient to maintain it and keep it healthy. In order to allow him to keep a well-groomed appearance, no other maintenance is really necessary.

History of this breed

Looking like the Bearded Collie even though he is smaller, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog is believed to be descended from ancient Hungarian and Tibetan dogs. It is likely that a supply of long-haired mountain dogs contributed to the final result.

Apparently imported into Poland more than 2,000 years ago by the Phoenicians, he was later exported to other countries, including Scotland, where he contributed to the birth of the Bearded Collie.

After the Second World War, the breed almost disappeared completely. Around 1946, the selection was taken over by two breeders and the first standard was established in 1957. The FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) received the breed in 1971 and officially defined its standard. The first specimens appeared on French territory in the 1980s.

Used as a sheepdog at the time, he is nowadays much appreciated as a companion dog.

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