Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Lifestyle Needs

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog has a herding background.  He is typically intelligent and easy to train.  This, together with his medium size, makes him a suitable family pet.  He has a shaggy, thick coat which needs careful, daily grooming.  Ideally he needs to live in a house with a garden.   He should have plenty of exercise, including the opportunity to run freely.  An energetic owner who enjoys grooming would be ideal.

Inbreeding Coefficient - COI
(Should be as low as possible)

The UK Kennel Club breed average COI is 10.8% - see 'A Beginners Guide to COI'

Effective Population Size - EPS

TBC

EPS is a measure of how many individuals are contributing genetically to a breed population. It is a measure of the size of the gene pool in a breed. Lower than 100 is considered critical by conservationists and below 50 brings a breed close to extinction. For more information see the Kennel Club article.

Health and Welfare Problems due to Conformation
(Body shape and physical characteristics)

The Polish Lowland’s long, shaggy coat will be a problem for him if it is not looked after.  Hair will cover his eyes unless his fringe is trimmed.  The nature of his coat will also cause him discomfort in hot weather, unless a cool place is provided.

BVA/KC Health Schemes: www.bva.co.uk/chs

  • Hip dysplasia (abnormality of the hip joints causing pain and disability):  breed mean score 11.8 (parents should be lower)
  • Eye disease:  Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy (RPED)  (annual testing)

Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) are now available for Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia:
www.thekennelclub.org.uk/about-ebvs

DNA Tests Available

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA-rcd4)

Unofficial (Breed Club) Schemes

None known

Ask the breeder to show you the certificates for the above tests/screening for both parents. If any of the above tests have not been considered necessary by the breeder (and there may be good reasons), ask her to explain why.

Other Diseases Reported
(For which there are currently no genetic or screening tests for sire or dam)

  • Hypothyroidism (underactivity of thyroid gland causing lethargy and obesity)
  • Diabetes mellitus (sugar)
  • Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (degeneration of the nervous system, causing weakness and lack of co-ordination)

Ask the breeder about the medical history of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents.  Consider carefully whether to purchase a puppy if some of these or other diseases are in the family line.

Ask about the breeder’s policy in cases of serious genetic diseases occurring to your puppy in later life. Good breeders will request to be informed of such events in order to improve future breeding decisions. Some breeders will also agree to contribute towards medical costs or refund purchase price.

You are strongly advised to buy from a breeder who uses (or is prepared to use) the RSPCA / BVA AWF Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (PIP):  www.puppycontract.org.uk

You are also advised to buy from a breeder who follows the Dog Breeding Reform Group’s (DBRG) Standard for Dog Breeding:
www.dogbreedingreformgroup.uk/the-standard-for-dog-breeding.html

Or the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeders Scheme Standard and Guidance:
Standard PDF | Guidance PDF

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