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The Polish Shepherd of Podhale or Tatra Shepherd

Hairy dogs always have that irresistible teddy bear look. The Polish Tatra Shepherd is one of them. This immaculately white breed shines for its friendliness, its attachment to people and its protective instincts.

Characteristics of the Polish Podhalese Shepherd

Its beautiful appearance and imposing attitude contribute to its success with families. The Polish Shepherd Dog is appreciated as a companion in the home. It is distinguished by its relatively massive, rectangular body, which is also compact and strong. Males tend to be shorter than females. The average height of the breed varies from 60 to 70 cm and its weight varies between 55 and 60 kg. This dog is remarkable for its dry head in harmony with the rest of the body. It has a convex skull, not very pronounced, with a pronounced stop, a medium-sized black nose and a strong muzzle that tapers to the tip. The eyes are set at an angle, expressive and of medium size. The ears are triangular in shape, of medium length and set slightly high. The Polish Podhale Shepherd has a long, dense coat that is hard on the tail, trunk and neck and short and abundant on the head. The coat must be exclusively white and uniform.

History of the Polish Podhalese Shepherd Dog

Formerly known as the Tatra Shepherd Dog, the Podhale Polish Shepherd was primarily used to herd cattle in the Tatra Mountains, which lie halfway between Slovakia and Poland. The breed is said to have first appeared around the 14th century and is said to be a cross between the Tibetan Shepherd, the Hungarian Kuvasz and other breeds. It was a huge success with the shepherds of the time because of its fearlessness and became a popular companion and guard dog because of its protective instinct and beautiful appearance. Like many breeds, the Polish Podhale Shepherd was close to extinction during World War II without the intervention of enthusiasts.

Living requirements and behavior of the Polish Shepherd Dog

The Polish Shepherd Dog is the perfect guardian to protect your home and family. He is vigilant and has a strong protective instinct. Moreover, he does not trust strangers. As a companion dog, he is appreciated for his calm and thoughtful character. He is very affectionate towards his family even if he can be invasive from time to time. It is also an excellent companion for children, as it is playful in nature. On the other hand, it is not a dog advised for the neophytes in canine education, because it needs a firm education and shows itself stubborn.

Diet and main health problems of the Polish Shepherd of Podhale

The Polish Shepherd of Podhale can be affected by hip dysplasia. This is one of the rare diseases that can affect him and it is essential to monitor. His diet must be adapted to his physical exercises, his age and his health.