A PON is not a backyard breed. He requires a home and family who will provide plenty of love and special attention. You will then become the center of his world.

  A PON requires a fenced in yard. He is a herding breed and you just may find him down the street herding the neighborhood children if he is not kept in his own yard!
  Even a well-socialized PON can be wary of strangers at first. He thinks of his family as his "sheep" and is naturally protective. Though some PONs will exuberantly greet your guests at the door, most PONs will be more cautious at first until they feel their "herd" is safe.
  Their temperaments can vary greatly depending on their breeding and the amount of time you are willing to invest in socializing your dog, i.e. (1) making sure it is around lots of kind and gentle children and adults who will provide a loving experience for your pet so that it grows accustomed to people of all ages outside their immediate family (2) taking your dog to lots of different places so it will be able to handle new experiences and noises with confidence.
  A PON is susceptible to skin allergies/itching if he is not provided with a high quality food diet consisting of no more than 20% protein. Please note: some PONs have no problems with higher protein foods so use caution as your guide.
  Breeding any purebred dog requires a good eye and a knowledge of genetics, bloodlines and desireable breed characteristics. To insure the good health and preservation of future PON generations, it is critical to know which PONs are to be bred and to whom. Breeding rare breed dogs requires an added degree of knowledge to deal with their unique set of breeding issues. If you have the desire to breed for an income or to supplement an existing income, please choose another breed. The time and money required to breed PONs will not end up making you money and could definitely cost you money!
  If you want a show dog, please make this fact clear to the breeder. NO BREEDER can guarantee that a puppy will earn it's championship, but he can select a puppy that is, in his opinion, of good quality and free of visible faults that would eliminate the puppy from competition at the time of sale.
  Keeping a PON with a traditional long coat requires approximately 15-30 minutes a week of grooming to keep the coat free from matts. The amount of grooming time is shortened considerably if you keep your PON's coat short.
  At their best, a PON is lively, playful, affectionate, loyal to its family, very intelligent and highly adaptable. At their worst a PON can be aggressive, unruly, fearful and domineering. More often than not a PON is what YOU make it.
It is a good idea, if you are purchasing a PON to become a part of a family with children, to purchase one that has been raised in a household with children. If the breeder does not have children of their own, make sure the breeder has made many attempts to accustom their puppies to children.
  Pons love to please their owners. But some are also a bit stubborn. Treat them with firmness, consistency and kindness and they will do what you ask of them. To hit or abuse a PON is asking for trouble. They will only become stubborn and aggressive. So treat your PON well and they will reward you with years of adoration.