FCI-Standard N° 251

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 1 Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs). Section 1 Sheepdogs. Without working trial.

UTILIZATION : Easy to handle, he works like a sheepdog and guard dog. Moved to urban city life, he is a very good companion dog.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : The Polish Lowland sheepdog is a dog of medium size, compact, strong, 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

CRANIAL REGION : Skull : Not excessively broad, slightly rounded. Frontal furrow and occipital protuberance noticeable.

Stop : Well accentuated.
FACIAL REGION : Nose : As darks as possible in relation to the colour of the coat with large nostrils.
Muzzle : Strong, blunt. Nasal bridge straight.
Lips : Fitting well; their edges are of the same colour as the nose.
Jaw/Teeth : Strong jaws. Teeth strong, with scissor or pincer bite.
Eyes : Medium size, oval, not protruding, hazel colour, with lively and piercing look. The rims of the eyelids are dark.
Ears : Hanging, set rather high, of medium size, heart-shaped, wide at base; the fore edge is close against the cheeks; very mobile.
NECK : Of medium length, strong, muscled, without dewlap, carried rather horizontally.
BODY : Out line : Rather rectangular than square.
Withers : Well accentuated.
Back : Flat, well muscled.
Loin : Broad, well fused.
Croup : Short, slightly truncated.
Chest : Deep, of medium width; ribs quite well sprung, neither flat nor barrel-shaped. Underline and Belly : Outlining an elegant curve towards the hindquarters part.

TAIL : • Short tail or stumpy-tail, very shortly docked tail.
• Undocked quite long and very hairy tail. At rest the tail is hanging; if the dog is alert, the tail is gaily curved over the back,
never curled or lying on the back. Undocked tail of medium
length, carried in different manners. St-FCI n°251/07.08.1998 4 LIMBS
TAIL :FOREQUARTERS : Seen in profile and from the front : Vertical
and straight. Stance well balanced due to a strong skeleton (bone structure).
Shoulders : Broad, of medium length, oblique, clean cut, very muscular.
Pastern : Slightly slanting in relation to the forearm.
Forefeet : Oval, tight toes, slightly arched pads really hard. Nails short, as dark as possible.
HINDQUARTERS : Seen from behind: Vertical, well angulated.
Thigh : Broad, well muscled.
Hock : Well developped.
Hind feet : Compact, oval shape.
GAIT/ MOVEMENT : Easy and ground covering. Walk or trot smooth (whitout much vertical displacement). The dog often ambles when he walks slowly.
SKIN : Tight fitting, without any folds.
COAT 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.
SIZE : Height at the withers : Males : 45 - 50 cm.
Females : 42 - 47 cm. St-FCI n°251/07.08.1998
5 The dog must retain the type of a working dog; consequently his size must not go down below the standard; he must neither be too weak nor delicate.
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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.


• Aggressive or overly shy. • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed
typical conformation, should be used for breeding.