The shaggy coat is a seasonal shedder and requires diligent brushing.
When not used as a herding or working dog, the PON can fit into any type of lifestyle. His medium size makes him suitable for apartments or the farm. While affectionate and loving toward their family and children, PONs may be suspicious of strangers. Training should start early, as the PON is independent and can be stubborn. The breed's coat requires daily brushing to prevent mats.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The PON is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Regular weekly grooming with a brush and the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
PONs are excellent housedogs: accepting of other animals, gentle and tireless playmates for kids, alert watchdogs, and quick learners. Playful, adaptable, and compactly built, PONs are popular companions for Polish city-dwellers. They can be dominating, stubborn, and suspicious of strangers. It’s incumbent upon owners to get the upper hand with early training and socialization. Daily brushing will keep the dense coat free of mats and tangles. PONs are affectionate, bouncy, trainable pets for owners who can handle a confident, territorial herding dog.
Polish Lowland Sheepdog &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Polish Lowland Sheepdogs are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Polish Lowland Sheepdog can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.