Buying or Adopting a Polish Lowland Sheepdog
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Is a DOG really the right pet for you?
I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.
Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?
Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:
Is a Polish Lowland Sheepdog the right breed for you?
Are YOU right for a Polish Lowland Sheepdog?
Can you provide what this breed needs?
- Someone home most of the day
- Fenced yard (not an electronic/underground fence)
- Restricted exercise when young – until maturity (at least 18 months old), exercise restricted to multiple short (20 minute) walks, fetch games, and playing with other dogs – no forced running (beside a jogger or bicyclist), no long-distance treks, minimal jumping
- Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Polish Lowland Sheepdog stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
- "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a challenging dog sport (agility, rally obedience, musical freestyle, tracking, flyball, herding); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
- Brushing – a lot (unless you keep the coat clipped short)
- Trimming – every few months
- An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
- A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
- An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Polish Lowland Sheepdogs are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
- Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Polish Lowland Sheepdog to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior
- Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Polish Lowland Sheepdog, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say
Should you get a male or female Polish Lowland Sheepdog?
Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?
Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?
Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Polish Lowland Sheepdog be?
Where can you buy or adopt a Polish Lowland Sheepdog?
Polish Lowland Sheepdogs are not common in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs rank 169th. It's hard to find this breed.
Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
You might find a Polish Lowland Sheepdog available from a Dog Rescue group affiliated with the breed's national club. But not many Polish Lowland Sheepdogs are turned over to Rescue groups, because not many people own them in the first place.
Polish Lowland Sheepdogs may be turned over to Rescue because they need too much grooming, or too much exercise and interesting activities to keep them from becoming bored and restless. There might be a dominance issues, which may equate to this clever dog outsmarting the owner. You would need to provide these dogs with the exercise and training that they are lacking.
Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
I've never heard of a Polish Lowland Sheepdog being found in a shelter. On the other hand, most shelter personnel wouldn't recognize the breed if it did come in, as it looks rather like a shaggy mixed breed.
But Polish Lowland Sheepdog Rescue groups keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country. On the off chance that a Polish Lowland Sheepdog turns up at a shelter, the rescue group typically moves in quickly to take the dog.
Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Polish Lowland Sheepdog from a show breeder, who breeds dogs to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You might also be able to buy a Polish Lowland Sheepdog from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.
Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppy should have:
- a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
- a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal hips
If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Polish Lowland Sheepdog ends up with cataracts and bad hip joints.
Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
I've never seen this breed in a pet shop. Which is good, because I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!
How To Choose a Good Polish Lowland Sheepdog Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.
AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?
To help you train and care for your dog
To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.
My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.
My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.