POLSKI OWCZAREK NIZINNY
(Polish Lowland Sheepdog)
|FCI-Standard Nº 251 / 07. 08. 1998 /GB|
|TRANSLATION: Mrs. Peggy Davis
Date of Publication of the original valid standard: 07.08.1998
UTILIZATION: Easy to handle, he works like a sheepdog and guard dog. Moved to urban city life, he is a very good companion dog.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I.: Group 1 Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs
(except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
GENERAL APPEARANCE : The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a dog of medium size, compact, B, muscular, with a thick long coat. His well groomed coat gives an attractive and interesting appearance.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS : The proportions of height at withers to length of body is 9 : 10. The ratio length of muzzle to length of skull is 1 : 1; yet the muzzle can be a little shorter.
BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT : Of a lively but tempered disposition, vigilant, agile, intelligent, perceptive and gifted with a good memory. Resistant to unfavourable climatic conditions.
HEAD : Medium dimension, proportional, not too heavy. The thick fur on the forehead, the cheeks and the chin give the head a look of being heavier than it really is.
NECK : Of medium length, B, muscled, without dewlap, carried rather horizontally.
FOREQUARTERS : Seen in profile and from the front : Vertical
and straight. Stance well balanced due to a strong skeleton (bone
HINDQUARTERS : Seen from behind: Vertical, well angulated.
GAIT/ MOVEMENT : Easy and ground covering. Walk or trot smooth (without much vertical displacement). The dog often ambles when he walks slowly.
SKIN : Tight fitting, without any folds.
HAIR : The whole body covered with coarse hair, dense, thick, and profuse; soft undercoat. Straight or slightly wavy hair is acceptable. The hairs falling from the forehead cover the eyes in a characteristic manner.
COLOUR : All colours and patches are acceptable.
FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.