Polish Shepherd's Fact Sheet
O Polish Shepherd can also be called Polski Owczarek Podhalanski, Polish Shepherd from Podhal and also Shepherd of Treats. As the name implies, the breed originated in the region of the Trat Hills, in southern Poland. Often mistaken for the Kuvasz breed, the Polish Shepherd is just a close relative of his, but the two are of different races.
The Hungarian Kuvasz and the Slovenian Kuvac are very close relatives of the Polish Shepherd. It is possible that the breed is also descended from other European mountain dogs, such as Pastor Bergamasco (Italy), which in turn originated from the great Asian Mastiffs, brought to and Europe over 1000 years ago.
They are a territorial race, loyal and protective of their owners. For this reason, they are excellent guard dogs. They are very intelligent, calm and independent.
In general appearance the Shepherd of Trat is a large dog, heavy, but surprisingly fast and agile. He has good musculature, heavy bone, large and wide skull, drooping ears and a very hairy tail. In general, his coat is uniform white, that is, his body is entirely white, small spots of beige color are normal. Its hair is generally smooth, but it can also be slightly wavy.
During the period when they change their hair, usually in the spring, the Shepherd of Treats loosens a lot of hair, so during this period brushing has to be daily. But for the rest of the year, he is usually cleaner, due to his “self-cleaning” coat.
The Polish Shepherd is generally a very healthy dog, with very few health problems. As with most large breed dogs, he may occasionally have hip dysplasia.