Polish Plains Shepherd

Other names: Polski Owczarek Nizinny, Polish Lowland Sheepdog

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The Polish Plain Shepherd is a medium-sized dog with a robust, muscular and vigorous body. Her long, thick dress and her eyes, often hidden by her hair, give her an impression of both softness and liveliness.



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Hair type Long
Origin Poland
Template Average
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 15 kg to 24 kg From 40 cm to 46 cm
Male From 15 kg to 24 kg From 43 cm to 52 cm
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History of the breed

According to various sources, the Polish Plain Shepherd would come from small Asian shepherds . But it was especially from the 16th century that the breed began to seriously interest shepherds for its qualities, especially those from Scotland. Indeed, thanks to trade, Polish Shepherds of Plains arrived in the north of the British island and quickly conquered the Scottish herders. As with many dog breeds, the breed suffered the brunt of WWII, seeing its numbers shrink dramatically and worryingly.

Fortunately, enthusiasts of this dog, including Doctor Danuta Hryniewicz (1914-2007, veterinarian and honorary member of the Polish Kennel Club), contributed to the restoration of the breed from the litter of 10 puppies from one of his proteges . The latter, called Spok, was also used as a basis for the standard. The breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on October 5, 1963.

Polish Plains Shepherd Photos

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Physical features

His hair: long, thick, dense, abundant, falling from the forehead and thus covering the eyes. Presence of a soft undercoat.
Its color: all colors, shades and brands.
His head: moderately large, covered with a bushy hair on the forehead, cheeks and chin. The skull is moderately broad and a little rounded, the stop is well accentuated, the nose as dark as possible, the nostrils well open, the muzzle strong and obtuse, the jaws strong and articulated in scissors or pincers.
His ears: rather high set, of medium size, hanging and attentive.
His eyes: oval in shape, medium in size, hazelnut color, displaying a lively and piercing gaze.
His body: inscribed in a rectangle. The withers are well defined, the back flat and well muscled.
Its tail: covered with abundant hair, drooping at rest, happily raised on the back (without curling up) when the dog is awake.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Polish Plain Shepherd is a shepherd, guard dog and, more recently, a companion dog. To fulfill these 3 roles, he combines qualities such as vigilance , intelligence and receptivity . It is, moreover, characterized by a fairly good memory. Endowed with a balanced personality, the Polish Plain Shepherd Dog is as lively as he is level-headed. He is very suspicious of strangers .

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Thanks to his great receptivity and his remarkable capacity for memorization , the Polish Plain Shepherd Dog is easy to handle and easy to train even if he shows a stubborn side from an early age. You just have to make sure that your learning and socialization take place as early as possible. Play and work are excellent educational vectors for this dog.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Well protected by its dense coat, the Polish Plain Shepherd adapts perfectly to life outdoors , in a large fenced garden which also allows it to move freely. He can just as well live in an apartment if he is walked enough on a daily basis. In town or in the countryside, the Polish Plain Shepherd demands good availability from his master and regular activities.


Ease of gaining weight

The Polish Plain Shepherd is a hardy and resistant dog. Its double, long and thick dress gives it good protection against difficult climatic conditions. It therefore enjoys a generally robust health, but the breed is predisposed to a few diseases, including the risk of retinal atrophy (degeneration of the retina leading to loss of sight). He has a big appetite and can eat without stopping. We must therefore seriously monitor his diet, because he is also prone to obesity.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 6 puppies

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Plain Polish Shepherd dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Polish Plains Shepherd is, on average, between 10 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Polish Plain Shepherd undergoes 2 moults per year during which he can lose a lot of hair . Although dead, these hairs often hang around in her dress, sticking to it. They are therefore rarely found on the ground, which gives the false impression that the dog loses very little. Thorough and regular brushing cleans its coat by relieving it of these dead hairs.

It is recommended to brush the dog every day during the 2 seasonal moults (spring and autumn) to preserve the cleanliness and beauty of his coat. The rest of the year, you can be satisfied with brushing every 3 days or so.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
€ 1,100

The purchase price of a Polish Plain Shepherd is between € 800 and € 1,100.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Polish Plain Shepherd is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Polish Plain Shepherd needs to stay active on a daily basis . A working dog by nature, it must be able to benefit from long daily outings supplemented with exercises to exercise itself.


Classifications & Standards
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Recognized by FCI

Since 1963


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