|A comparison of the UK, FCI and USA standards for the Polish Lowland Sheepdog follows. The FCI standard appears in purple text, the UK standard appears in green text and the USA (AKC) standard appears in blue. Please note that the passages from each standard have been organized so that a comparison can be made more easily. The differences between the three are fairly minimal.|
Date of publication of the original valid standard: 07.08.1998
Date of publication: effective 7/1/09
|UTILIZATION: Easy to handle, he
works like a sheepdog and guard dog. Moved to urban city life,
he is a very good
UTILIZATION: 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.
UTILIZATION: Easy to train, works as a herding and watch dog.
F.C.I.: Group 1 Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle
Section 1 Sheepdogs Without working trial.
CLASSIFICATION AKC: Herding Group
CLASSIFICATION: UK Kennel Club, Pastoral Group
|GENERAL APPEARANCE: The Polish Lowland
Sheepdog is a dog of medium size, compact, strong, muscular,
with a thick long coat. His well groomed coat gives an attractive
and interesting appearance.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Medium-sized, compact, strong and muscular with a long, thick coat and hanging hair that covers the eyes. He is shaggy and natural in appearance with a docked or natural bobbed tail. The PON's herding and working ability is attributed to an intense desire to please and compatible nature.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Medium size, cobby, strong, muscular, fairly long, thick coat.
The proportions of height at withers to
length of body is 9:10. The
ratio length of muzzle to length of skull is 1:1 yet the muzzle
can be a little shorter.
PROPORTION: The height-to-length ratio is 9:10 making the dogg off square. Height is measured from withers to ground and length is measured from point of shoulder to point of buttocks; ratio of muzzle to skull is 1:1. A little shorter muzzle is acceptable.
PROPORTION: The proportions height to length are 9 -10 making for a cobby appearance; ratio of occiput to stop and stop to nose approximately equal, the muzzle may be fractionally shorter.
|TEMPERAMENT : Of a lively but tempered
disposition, vigilant, agile, intelligent, perceptive and gifted
with a good memory. Resistant to unfavorable climatic conditions.
TEMPERAMENT: The PON is lively but self-controlled, clever and perceptive. The breed is well known for an excellent memory and the ability to work independent of his master.
TEMPERAMENT: Alert, equable, lively but self-controlled, watchful, bright, clever, perceptive with excellent memory. Easy to train.
|HEAD : Medium
dimension, proportional, not too heavy. The thick fur on the
forehead, the cheeks and the chin give the head a look of being
heavier than it really is.
HEAD: The medium-sized head is in proportion to the body. The profuse hair on the forehead, cheeks and chin make the head look bigger than it actually is.
HEAD: Medium size, proportionate to body, not to heavy, carried moderately low. The profusion of hair on forehead, cheeks and chin makes the head appear larger than it is.
Skull : Not excessively broad, slightly rounded. Frontal furrow and occipital protuberance noticeable.
Skull: is moderately broad and slightly domed. The forehead furrow and occiput are palpable.
Skull: is moderately broad, slightly domed, furrow from stop to occiput is apparent when handled.
Stop: Well accentuated.
Stop: The stop has a pronounced indentation, but never as pronounced as a round-skull breed.
Stop: Well defined
Nose: As dark as possible in relation to the colour of the coat with large nostrils.
Nose: should be large and black or brown, depending on the coat color. A pink nose or a nose partially lacking pigment should be penalized.
Nose: blunt with wide opened nostrils and the colour dark as possible.
Muzzle: Strong, blunt. Nasal bridge straight.
Muzzle: The topline of the muzzle is straight and parallel to the skull. The muzzle is well filled all the way to the end.
Muzzle: Not mentioned
Lips: Fitting well; their edges are of the same colour as the nose.
Lips: Not mentioned
Lips: tightly closed and as dark as possible.
Jaw/Teeth: Strong jaws. Teeth strong, with scissor or pincer bite.
Jaw/teeth: Strong white teeth meet in a scissors or level bite. The jaws are strong. DQ: overshot or undershot bite
Jaws/teeth: strong with a perfect regular and complete scissor bite i.e.: the upper teeth closing overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaw. Strong and evenly placed teeth.
Eyes: Medium size, oval, not protruding, hazel colour, with lively and piercing look. The rims of the eyelids are dark.
Eyes: are of medium size, ovaland brown in color. It is natural in a dog with chocolate pigment to have a lighter eye. Eye rims are as dark as possible within the coat color. DQ: blue or yellow eyes.
Eyes: Medium sized oval shaped colour hazel to brown eye rims as dark as possible; close fitting and showing no haw.
Ears: Hanging, set rather high, of medium size, heart-shaped, wide at base; the fore-edge is close against the cheeks; very mobile.
Ears: Heart-shaped, drop, and set moderately high. They are medium size in proportion to the head and are covered with long hair which naturally follows the shape of the ear.
Ears: Medium sized heart shaped, large at base and set moderately high, drooping with fore-edge close to cheeks.
Expression: not mentioned
Expression: Lively with a penetrating gaze.
Expression: lively penetrating gaze
|NECK : Of medium length, strong, muscled, without
dewlap, carried rather horizontally.
NECK: Of medium length, is muscular and strong. It is broad, without dewlap and carried not more than 45 degrees to the ground when moving. profuse hair and a larger head optically make the neck look shorter than it actually is.
NECK: Strong, muscular; medium length; without dewlap.
Outline: Rather rectangular than square.
Outline: The silhouette is rectangular due to the abundance of coat on the chest and rear.
Outline: When viewed from the side the body is rectangular rather than square.
Withers: Well accentuated.
Withers: Well pronounced and broad.
Withers: distinctly marked.
Back: Flat, well muscled
Back: should be neither too long nor too short for proper balance and movement.
Back: level muscular
Loin: Broad, well fused.
Loin: Well muscled and broad giving the impression of being short..
Croup: Short, slightly truncated.
Croup: is slightly cut, but only to a small degree.
Croup: short and slightly sloping.
Chest: Deep, of medium width; ribs quite well sprung, neither flat nor barrel-shaped.
Chest: Deep, of medium width, with forechest well-defined. Depth of chest is to the elbow, approximately 50% of the height of the dog. The ribs are well sprung, neither barrel chested nor slab-sided.
Chest: Deep brisket with moderate spring of rib, neither flat nor barrel-shaped.
Underline and Belly: Outlining an elegant curve towards the hindquarters part.
Belly: The belly is slightly drawn up.
Belly: slightly drawn up
Topline: not mentioned
Topline: is level
Topline: not mentioned
· Short tail or stumpy-tail, very shortly docked tail.
· Undocked quite long and very hairy tail. At rest the tail is hanging; if the dog is alert, the tail is gaily curved over the back, never curled or lying on the back. Undocked tail of medium length, carried in different manners.
TAIL: should be short, set low and no longer than two vertebrae. Tails are naturally short or docked.
TAIL: Customarily docked if not born tail-less or stumpy. Undocked - any length acceptable, longer tails well covered with hair. Tail set is a continuation of the croup. Carried high and slightly curved over the back when alert. Never curled over back. At rest the tail hangs low.
|FOREQUARTERS : Seen in profile
and from the front : Vertical and straight. Stance well balanced
due to a strong skeleton (bone structure).
Forequarters: Legs: are straight and vertical, with heavy bone.
Forequarters: Legs: when viewed from front or side, straight
Shoulders: Broad, of medium length, oblique, clean cut, very muscular.
Shoulders: The shoulders are heavily muscled, and well laid back.
Shoulders: well placed with good lay back, muscular.
Pastern: Slightly slanting in relation to the forearm.
Pastern: Slightly slanting in relation to the forearm and flexible without weakness.
Pastern: slightly slanting
Forefeet : Oval, tight toes, slightly arched pads really hard. Nails short, as dark as possible.
Forefeet: Oval and tight, with the front feet larger than the rear feet. Toes are arched.
Feet: Oval slightly arched but tightly fitting toes, with hard pads, nails dark.
|HINDQUARTERS: Seen from behind: vertical, well-angulated.
HINDQUARTERS: Large, heavily boned, and well muscled with well bent stifles. In normal stance, the bones below the hocks are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other when viewed from the rear. The hind feet fall just behind a perpendicular line from the point of buttocks to the ground when viewed from the side.
HINDQUARTERS: Well angulated with broad and well muscled thigh. From behind legs straight, turning neither in nor out.
Thigh: Broad, well muscled.
Thigh: See above (hindquarters)
Thigh: well muscled
Hocks: Well developed.
Hocks: development not mentioned.
Hocks: strong and distinctly angulated.
Hind feet: Compact, oval shape.
Feet: Oval with tight arched toes. Pads are hard. Nails are preferably dark.
Feet: Oval slightly arched but tightly fitting toes, with hard pads, nails dark. hind dewclaws should be removed.
|GAIT/ MOVEMENT: Easy and ground
covering. Walk or trot smooth (without
much vertical displacement). The dog often ambles when
he walks slowly.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: The gait should be balnaced, efficient, and appear effortless. leg movement should always be in two parallel lines without crossing or departing from one line. There is a slight and natural tendency to converge in the front and rear when significantly increasing the speed of trot. with correct shoulder angulation, the forward reach of the front elg should be fluent and to the dogs nose. This length of stride propels forward movement with less fatigue.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: Smooth walking or trotting. Inclined to amble.
|SKIN: tight fitting, without any folds.
SKIN: not mentioned.
SKIN: no loose skin anywhere on body.
|COAT/HAIR: The whole body covered
with coarse hair,, dense, thick, and profuse; soft undercoat.
Straight or slightly wavy hair is acceptable. The hairs falling
from the forehead cover the eyes in a characteristic manner.
HAIR: It is doubled coated. The entire body is covered with a long, dense, shaggy, thick coat that is reasonably straight. Th outer coat should be crisp with a water resistant texture. The undercoat is soft and dense. Different coat colors will have different textures with the black coat having little or no coarse outercoat and less undercoat. Characteristically, long hanging hair covers the eyes. A slight wavy coat is acceptable.
HAIR: Whole body covered with long dense shaggy thick coat of harsh texture with soft undercoat. Long hair covering eyes. Slight wave permissible.
|COLOUR : All colours and patches
COLOUR: All coat colors are acceptable. The most common colors are white with either black, gray or sandy patches and gray with white, or chocolate. Most carry a dominant fading factor genetically, which results in puppies being
born darker in coat color than they will appears as adults, with the exception of those puppies born white.
COLOUR: All colours acceptable.
Height at the withers :
Height at the withers:
Males: 45 - 50 cm. (17.7-19.75 inches)
Males: 18 to 20 inches
Males: 43-50 cms (17-19.75 inches)
Females 42 - 47 cm. (16.5-18.5 inches)
Females: 17 to 19 inches
Females: 42 - 47 cms (16.5-18.5 inches).
The dog must retain the type of a working dog; consequently his size must not go down below the standard; he must neither be too weak nor delicate.
It is not desirable to diminish the size below the standard for this multi-purpose working breed.
|FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points
should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the
fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its
FAULTS: a pink nose or nose partially lacking pigment, tail that changes the shape and appearance of the silhouette, curly, short or silky coat, lack of undercoat, a fly-away or thin, wispy coat that easily "flies" over the dog when in movement. The PON must be shown naturally wth an "unkempt" but clean appearance - any scissoring of the coat must be penalized so severely as to eliminate the dog from competition. Any coat that appears to be visibly scissored or sculpted, nervous, cowardly or extreme vicious behavior.
FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing shall be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to it's degree.
|N.B.: Male animals should have
two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
Note: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.