First, about that surname: Pon is an abbreviation for the Polish breed name, Polskiy Overekarek Nizhny. PONs are not particularly large dogs, standing no more than 20 at the shoulder, but they are fleshy and stocky. The rectangular body is covered from head to toe with a double coat – long and shaggy at the top, soft and dense at the bottom, and it comes in many colors. The profuse coat of the head covers the eyes, expressing a curious, penetrating gaze among the sentinels and shepherds.
In the days of the fall of the Roman Empire, the Huns were among the armies of the Asian invaders who entered Central Europe. It is believed that PONs are the result of breeding Hunnik dogs with native stock in the region now called Poland. PONs were kept at the level of herds of dogs during the day and fearless Guard Dogs at night. In the 1500s, merchants brought PONs to Scotland, where it was thought that they had become a part of the genetic puzzle that formed the Bearded Collie.
Medium size, compact, strong and muscular with long, thick coat and dangling hair covering the eyes. She is shaggy and natural in appearance with a docked or naturally bobbed tail. Her herring and ability to work is attributed to her intense desire for a happy and compatible nature. He is lively, but self-controlled, shrewd and perceptive. The breed is known for an excellent memory and ability to work independently of its owner.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time’
PON’s shaggy, thick, double coat requires a lot of maintenance. The outer coat is crisp, with a water-resistant texture and the undercoat is soft and dense. PONs kept in full coat will need to be thoroughly brushed at least once a week. A PON that is placed in a puppy or “summer” clip will still require regular brushing to keep the coat free of mats and debris such as grasses, weeds, and flower blooms. The ears also have to be checked weekly and if necessary, the nails should be cleaned.
PONs are excellent housewives: accepting other animals, gentle and tireless playmates for children, alert watchdogs and quick learners. The breed can also dominate, be stubborn, and suspicious of strangers, and early socialization and puppy training classes are highly recommended. PONs are affectionate, bouncy, trained pets for owners who can handle a reassuring, territorial herring dog.
A high energy, athletic dog, PON requires adequate exercise on a daily basis. At the very least, he should have a large, fenced yard to run for at least an hour or two every day. PONs have a close relationship with their owners and fall in love with them in hiking or hiking, or work with their human companions at dog events such as obedient, cowboy, agility testing, or dock diving.
Polish lowland sheep herders should perform well on high quality dog food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared with the supervision and approval of your vet. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. If you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet, check with your vet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
Polish Lonland Sheepdogs are generally healthy, and responsible breeders test their stock for health concerns such as hip dysplasia and regularly communicate with other dedicated breeders, preserving the health of the breed and its unique properties Let’s work together. Regular visits to the vet for checkups and parasite control help ensure that the dog has a long, healthy life.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: