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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 has existed in Poland since at least the 13th century, and it is probable that within its ancestors there was a dog of breed Puli.

As well, they are described as one of the ancestors of the breed Bearded collie. According to the story, a Polish merchant 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 specimens were mixed with the local Scottish dogs and the beautiful ones were born there. 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 most cases, a key person always appears for the history of the canine breed..

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. Its color usually becomes 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 (that is to say, for a dog of 45 centimeters tall, your body will measure each 50 cm length).

The tail It may be very short and even cut, although it is a practice that 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.

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

They adapt well to a wide variety of conditions and are popular as apartment companion dogs., 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, just as all people have the potential to inherit a particular disease. Run, do not walk, from any breeder that does not offer a health guarantee on puppies, to tell you that the breed is 100 percent healthy and has no known problems, or 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 breed's health problems and the incidence with which they 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, has the power to protect you from one of the most common health problems: the obesity. Keep a Polish Lowland Sheepdog with a proper weight is one of the easiest ways to prolong your 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 him groomed. Brush it with a natural bristle brush, then comb it through, 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 is basic care. Trim nails as needed, normally each week the. Keep ears clean and dry, and brush frequently with a vet-approved pet toothpaste for overall good health and fresh breath. Grooming a puppy requires 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.

Characteristics "Polish Lowland Sheepdog (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 his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Polish Lowland Sheepdog Images

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
  • Section 1: Sheepdogs. Without working trial.


  • 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 breed standard "Polish Lowland Sheepdog (Valee Sheepdog)"

FCIFCI - 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 (español).

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