Polish Tatra Sheepdog
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Polish Tatra Sheepdog
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History The Polish Tatra Sheepdog originated in Podhale, which is a small region located in southern Poland, against the Tatra range. The history of the Polish Tatra Sheepdog mirrors that of similar dogs from Romania, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia, all of which can be traced back to the white guardian dogs brought by Phoenicians to the west. Polish Tatra Sheepdogs have been existing in Polish mountains for several thousands of years, but it was only during the 19th century that these dogs rose in popularity. These dogs were used as guide dogs, livestock guardians, for personal protection, and even for police and military work.
These dogs became in danger of extinction because of the Second World War, but the Polish Kennel Club made it a point to re-establish the breed. During the 1960s, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale reinstated the breed, and in 1981, some specimens of this breed were brought to the United States.
Appearance Polish Tatra Sheepdogs have a large body with a compact and strong build. The head of these dogs is carried moderately high, and their skull is slightly arched. The nose of these dogs is black, medium in size, and with wide nostrils. Their lips are taut and well-fitting, while their teeth are strong and meet in either a level or scissors bite. The eyes of these dogs are dark-coloured and expressive. Their ears are medium in length, thick, triangular, and densely coated with hair. These dogs have a muscular neck that doesn't have a dewlap. Polish Tatra Sheepdogs have muscular forelegs and compact, oval feet.
Colours The only acceptable coat colour for Polish Tatra Sheepdogs is pure white. It's undesirable for these dogs to have cream patches on their body.
Temperament Polish Tatra Sheepdogs are loyal to their family, and they need human companionship. These dogs are good with well-behaved children as well as other pets, but they do have a tendency to exercise their herding abilities on practically anything that moves. They are also very protective of their family, property, and territory. These dogs will alert their family about anything suspicious by barking. They are also wary of strangers and will bite if they feel threatened or challenged.
Weight Male dogs of this breed have a height of approximately 26 to 28 inches, while females have a height of 24 to 26 inches. The weight of these dogs ranges from 80 to 130 pounds.
Problems These dogs are prone to hip dysplasia. There have also been rare cases of juvenile cataracts, allergic dermatitis, patellar luxation, epilepsy, and gastric torsion.
Living Conditions It's not advisable for these dogs to live inside apartments or in places where there are close neighbors. The tendency of these dogs to bark loudly may cause a problem. These dogs should be provided with at least a large yard with secure fencing.
Requirements These dogs are happiest when they are given a job to do. It's important for them to get exercise daily, and owners must take these dogs out for walks daily.
Training Requirements It's vital for these dogs to get basic obedience training. These dogs should also be properly socialized from puppyhood onwards. Polish Tatra Sheepdogs won't respond to harsh training methods and should be trained using consistent and firm methods. Owners should know how to display strong leadership skills when training these dogs. Polish Tatra Sheepdogs should be made to understand that humans are higher in pack rank than canines.
Life Expectancy These dogs are expected to live for approximately 10 to 12 years when properly taken care of.
Grooming The coat of these dogs should be brushed daily to get rid of loose and dead hair. More frequent brushing should be done during shedding season.
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