Unique Dog Breeds: The Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Posted on December 27, 2022 by Pinnacle Pet

We’re all familiar with many dog breeds, from golden retrievers to poodles, beagles, and German shepherds. However, there are numerous breeds of dogs that are less well-known. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing a few, starting with the Polish lowland sheepdog.

Polish Lowland Sheepdog Traits

The Polish lowland sheepdog is a small, strong, and shaggy herding dog. It is sometimes referred to as a PON, which according to the American Kennel Club, is an acronym from the Polish name for the breed. PONs are highly energetic dogs with very robust double-layered coats. Owners of this beautiful breed should be prepared to provide plenty of exercise to this vigilant, working breed. Small yards are not a good fit for PONs as they require one or two hours of run time per day. 


Polish lowland sheepdogs have a soft, warm undercoat and a long, scraggly, and water-resistant undercoat. Their long hair characteristically grows around their eyes, accenting their alertness and vigilance. PONs come in a wide variety of standard colorings, including:

  • Beige 
  • Black
  • Black & White
  • Brown
  • Gray
  • Gray & White
  • White
  • Chocolate & White 
  • Tri-Colored

Additionally, Polish lowland sheepdogs can be found in a greater number of colorings, but these are not considered standard for the breed.

Caring for Their Coat

As is the case for many sheepdogs, PONs require a great deal of coat care. If the coat is kept long, brushing must be performed at least once a week. Otherwise, the Polish lowland sheepdog’s coat will rapidly tangle and matte. If a PONs coat is kept short, regular brushings are still required, but at slightly longer intervals.  

History of Polish Lowland Sheepdogs

It is thought that during the decline of the Roman Empire, Hunnish peoples migrating into Europe brought dogs which, when bred with local Polish dogs, created PONs. Polish lowland dogs may have formed part of the ancestry of the bearded collie after traders introduced them to Scotland in the 1500s.

Want more dog care tips? Read our recent blog covering proper ear cleaning.

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