These are a very popular breed in their native Poland, where they are known as “Polski Owczarek Nizinny”, or “PONs”. They have been used in Poland as guardians and herders since before the 1600’s and probably descended from crosses between local dogs and long-coated Asian breeds obtained by Europeans from Tibetan traders. PONs are brave, hard-working dogs that will fiercely protect their flock from predators. Their abundant, shaggy coat protects them from the weather and comes in a variety of colors and shades. They make good family pets and are quite adaptable to a wide range of living situations as long as they receive adequate exercise and attention. They are naturally suspicious of strangers and rather independent so training should be a priority. Their long coats require daily brushing to stay mat free.
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