Polish Lowland Sheepdog

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The Full Polish Lowland Sheepdog Description

He is stable and self confident. He needs a dominant master and consistent training from the time he is very young. If this is not provided, he will tend to dominate the master. When not used as a herding or working dog, he can be a magnificent companion as he seems to fit into any type of lifestyle. He is extremely loyal, but somewhat aloof and suspicious of strangers.

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General Appearance

Medium size, cobby, strong, muscular, fairly long, thick coat.

Characteristics

Lively but self-controlled, watchful, bright, clever, perceptive with excellent memory. Easy to train, works as a herding and watch dog.

Temperament

Alert, equable.

Head and Skull

Medium size, proportionate to body, not too heavy, carried moderately low. Profuse hair on forehead, cheeks and chin make head appear larger than it is. Proportions of occiput to stop and stop to nose approximately equal, but muzzle may be fractionally shorter. Skull moderately broad, slightly domed, furrow from stop to occiput apparent when handled. Well defined stop. Nose blunt, wide opened nostrils, colour dark as possible.

Eyes

Medium size, lively penetrating gaze, oval-shaped. Colour hazel to brown. Eye rims as dark as possible, closely fitting and showing no haw.

Ears

Medium size, heart-shaped, large at base and set moderately high, drooping with fore edge close to cheeks.

Mouth

Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closing overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Strong and evenly placed teeth. Lips tightly closed and as dark as possible.

Neck

Strong, muscular, medium length without dewlap.

Forequarters

Shoulders well placed with good lay-back, muscular. Legs when viewed from front or side, straight with slightly slanting pastern.

Body

Rectangular rather than square when viewed from side. Deep brisket with moderate spring of rib, neither flat nor barrel shaped. Withers distinctly marked; back level, muscular, with broad loin. Belly slightly drawn up. Croup short and slightly sloping. Proportions – height to length as 9:10.

Hindquarters

Well angulated, with broad and well muscled thigh. From behind, legs straight, turning neither in nor out. Hocks strong and distinctly angled.

Feet

Oval, slightly arched but tightly fitting toes, with hard pads, nails dark. Hind dewclaws should be removed.

Tail

Customarily docked. Docked: Customarily docked if not born tailless or stumpy. Undocked: Any length acceptable, longer tails well covered with hair. Tail set is a continuation of croup. Carried high and slightly curved over back when alert. Never curled over back. At rest, tail hangs low.

Gait/Movement

Smooth walking or trotting. Inclined to amble.

Coat

Whole body covered with long, dense, shaggy thick coat of harsh texture with soft undercoat. Long hair covers eyes. Slight wave permissible. No loose skin anywhere on body.

Colour

All colours acceptable.

Size

Height: dogs: 43-50 cms (17-19 3/4 ins); bitches: 42-47 cms (161/2-181/2 ins).

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