Owczarek Podhalanski

The Owczarek Podhalanski is also known as Polish Tatra Sheepdog, Tatra Mountain Sheepdog, Owczarek Tatrzanski and Polski Owczarek. Nick named Podhalan or Tatra, this ancient Polish breed has been used as live stock guardians. It originated in Podhale area of Tatra Mountains, Poland and is named after the place of its origin. This breed dates back to thousands of years and as with most ancient breeds, its true progenitors are unknown though it is speculated that this breed was developed from mastiff type dogs. This dog is highly valued not only for its dual capabilities as herding and guardian dog but also for its immense intelligence. As an example, when predators were around the sheep, the dog would gather up the sheep and standby them, instead of attacking the predators as this action would leave the sheep unprotected and open for other attacks.

This is a large dog that stands between 26-28 inches and weighs about 80-130 lbs. This strong and compactly built dog exudes impression of stamina and mobility. It comes with a lean and proportionate head and slightly rounded skull. Strong muzzle tapers to medium size black nose with wide nostrils. Brown coloured, medium size eyes are set slanting and very expressive. Triangular shaped, high set, medium size ears are well furnished with hair. The dog has a massive and compact rectangular body with a broad, level back, wide loin, deep chest and rather flat and oblique ribs. Low set tail is carried low when the dog is at rest and in curled over the back when the dog is in motion. The breed sports a massive, always white double coat that is usually straight but can be wavy sometimes.

This breed is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by FCI and UKC.

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