Polish Lowland Sheepdog (Valee Sheepdog)
Polonia FCI 251 - Sheepdogs.

Pastor Polaco de Valée

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a lively, Intelligent, playful and lots of memory.



The Polish Lowland Sheepdog (Valee Sheepdog) It is a breed of woolly dog half original size of Poland.

The bibliographic data of the race recount that the Pastor Polaco de Valée, comes from dogs imported by the Phoenicians more than two thousand years.

Some sources insist that the Polish Lowland Sheepdog, as we know it today it exists in Poland at least since the 13th century, and it is probable that within its ancestors there was a dog of breed Puli.

Also, they are described as one of the ancestors of the breed Bearded collie. As tells the story a Polish trader named Kazimierz Grabski, it negotiates a shipment of grain for his sheep in Scotland in the year 1514, to move the cattle in the area he took with him six dogs Polish Lowland Sheepdog.

Apparently a Scottish Shepherd was so impressed with the ability of dogs grazing proposed Kazimierz Grabski exchange a RAM and two ewes for a dog and two bitches. The business was carried out and these three copies were mixing with the local Scottish dogs and there were born the beautiful Bearded Collie.

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog, as many dog breeds during the second world war he was on the verge of extinction. But - luckily- in the majority of cases, always appears a key person in the history of the breed of dog question.

In this case the breed was restored and was made by the Dra. Danuta Hryniewicz and his dog, Smok ("Dragon"), Smok is considered the ancestor of all specimens of Polish Lowland Sheepdog that exist in today's world. The first litter in order to restore the breed was born in the year 1950.

Smok, It was a spectacular specimen of the breed, with a perfect anatomical structure and a wonderful temperament. The standard of this dog is tried to emulate by Valée Polish Shepherd breeders, for future generations. And Smok, the first born official standard of the breed, It was written and accepted by the FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale) in the year 1959.

The American Kennel Club recognized the Polish Lowland Sheepdog as a breed in the Grazing Group in the year 2001.

Physical characteristics

The males measure between 45 and 50 cm and females between 42 and 47 cm., weighing the males of 18,2 to 22,7 Kg and females 13,7 to 18,2 Kg.

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a muscular dog of the mantle thickness of double layer which can be of any color and reason, being the colours white, grey and Brown the most common with black markings, grey or brown. Their color usually is becoming darker as it grows.

The internal mantle is soft and dense, While the outside is hard and can be smooth or corrugated, but not curly. The hair head makes the head look larger than it really is, covering him in addition the eyes.

The body It is a square, It seems rectangular due to the abundance of hair, with an altura-longitud ratio of 9:10 (namely, for a dog of 45 centimeters tall, your body will measure each 50 26cm in length).

The tail It may be very short and even cut, Although it is a practice which is prohibited - Fortunately- in many countries.

Character and skills

They are stable, insurance and have an excellent memory which can be worked, Although this breed can dominate his master if it has a weak will.

When is with their herds on the Plains or in the mountains of Poland, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog can rest quietly, because even if it is in sleep mode continues to monitor his flock and will not allow to escape or a single animal, Once the order has been responsible for everything.

Today it is used more as pet, It is very easy to be playful by nature it suits any family on all children.

They adapt well in varied conditions and are popular as dogs of company in apartments, Although they need a moderate daily exercise.

They love to be with people, especially with the children, they are very protective dogs.


It is important to check your power supply: to be quite heavy for its size, has a tendency to obesity. Exercise and good nutrition in the infallible recipe for good health of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog.

Polish Lowland Sheepdog Health

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems, and all people have the potential to inherit a particular disease. Run, do not walk, any breeder that does not offer a health guarantee in puppies, to tell you that the breed is 100 percent healthy and has no known problems, or to tell you that your puppies are isolated from the main part of the home for health reasons. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about the health problems of race and the incidence with which occur in their lines.

Having said that, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a fairly healthy breed with health issues that are rare so far. Conditions that can be observed in the breed include hip dysplasia, ceroido-lipofuscinosis neuronal, progressive retinal atrophy and hypothyroidism.

Remember that after bringing a new puppy home, It has the power to protect one of the most common health problems: the obesity. Keep a Polish Lowland Sheepdog with a suitable weight it is one of the easiest ways to prolong life. Make the most of your preventive skills to help ensure a healthier dog for life.

Polish Lowland Sheepdog Grooming

The Shepherd of Valée has a long, thick and furry double coat. It has a shiny texture and is supposed to be waterproof.

Expect to spend an hour a week or some time daily keeping it neat. Brush it with a natural bristle brush and then comb it, making sure to get to the skin. If you let go of the coat, will get tangled and may need to be trimmed. It will take you nine to twelve months to grow back. A monthly bath does not hurt. The positive side is that the Shepherds of Valée do not lose much.

The rest are basic care. Cut nails as needed, normally each week the. Keep your ears clean and dry, and brush your teeth frequently with a vet-approved pet toothpaste for good general health and fresh breath. Grooming a puppy takes very little time, but it's a good idea to start early so you can get used to staying still while you work on your coat.

Polish Lowland Sheepdog Characteristics (Valee Sheepdog)

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed “Polish Lowland Sheepdog (Valee Sheepdog)” you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Type and recognitions:

  • CLASSIFICATION FCI:Group 1 –> Herding dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs).
    / Section 1 –> Sheepdogs.
    Without working trial.
  • FCI 251
  • Federations:
    • FCI – Group 1 Herding dogs, Section 1 Sheepdogs
    • ANKC – Group 5 (working dogs)
    • CKC – Group 7 – Herding dogs
    • ​KC – Pastoral
    • NZKC – Working dog
    • UKC – Herding dogs
  • FCI Standard Polish Lowland Sheepdog (Valee Sheepdog)

    Alternative names:

      1. Polski Owczarek Nizinny, Valee Sheepdog, PON, Nizinny, PLS (English).
      2. Berger polonais de plaine (French).
      3. PON, übersetzt polnischer Niederungshütehund (German).
      4. Polski Owczarek Nizinny (Portuguese).
      5. Pastor de Valée, Pastor polaco de las llanuras (Spanish).
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