Polski Owczarek Podhalanski

Description Polski Owczarek Podhalanski

Independent, Alert, Calm
This little polar bear, or Polski Owczarek Podhalanski, is also known as Tatra Dog, Tatra Shepherd Dog or Podhalaner. His stately appearance with the white fuzzy fur makes the hearts of dog lovers beat faster.FCI Group: Herding Dogs – Cattle Dogs

  • Size: Large
  • Weight: 45-69 kg
  • Life expectancy: 9-15 years
  • Coat type: long hair
  • Colours: white

Character Polski Owczarek Podhalanski

Herding and guarding flocks, that’s your Polski Owczarek Podhalanski’s thing. He prefers to work alone and makes all necessary decisions independently. He finds it difficult to listen to commands.
If you are looking for a guard dog with classic protection dog training, a Polski Owczarek Podhalanski is therefore the wrong choice. In him you will find a loyal companion and family dog.

He defends his family and territory unconditionally.
Your Podhalan intimidates any opponent, whether human or animal, by its sheer appearance. He doesn’t need to be aggressive and he won’t.
Your polar bear has a pleasant personality and takes part in all family activities with enthusiasm. Due to his heavy physique, he is not suitable as a dog trainer.

Get your Polski Owczarek Podhalanski used to other dogs from a young age. Otherwise, as an adult, he tends to dominate other conspecifics.
Like all herding dogs, your Podhalan is quick on the uptake and learns easily.
The gentle giants prefer to be outside. Your Polski Owczarek Podhalanski always wants to be close to you and enjoys his daily cuddles.

He never strays too far from you on walks, even when wildlife is nearby.
The Polski Owczarek Podhalanski is only available with a pure white, thick cuddly fur. The dogs with the muscular body grow to an impressive 65 cm.

Diet Polski Owczarek Podhalanski

When feeding your White Tatras you stick to commercially available food. Some dogs prefer wet food, others prefer dry food. Align yourself with your four-legged friend. Make sure the food does not contain any preservatives, colorings or other artificial additives.
It is a bit more complicated if you prepare the food for your Polski Owczarek Podhalanski yourself or barf.

This has the advantage that you know exactly what your four-legged friend is eating.
There are large individual differences in the amount of food. Follow the instructions on the packet, taking into account your dog’s age and energy expenditure.
You can’t tell the food condition of your polar bear with its thick, long coat of hair is bad. If you can still feel the back ribs, his weight is right.


Its long coat protects your livestock guardian dog from any weather. The dense undercoat keeps cold and heat away and the long top coat lets the rain run off like a roof.
Don’t destroy this work of nature by brushing or bathing too often. Your Polski Owczarek Podhalanski is an outdoor dog, wind and weather brush his coat. Dirt falls out of the top coat by itself as soon as it is dry.

The size of your Podhalan alone indicates that he needs a property with a yard or garden. He likes to come into the house to cuddle or just because. A pure apartment keeping is not for the freedom-loving herding dog. You definitely shouldn’t keep this dog in a cramped city apartment.
Polski Owczarek Podhalanski love little hidden object games, so you can keep your four-legged friend busy.

Most Podhalanskis do not like jogging, cycling or other physical activity. They prefer to keep a close eye on everything that is going on around them. This is a legacy from her days as a livestock guardian dog.


The dogs come from Poland. They are closely related to the Hungarian Kuvasz and the Slovakian Cuva, both shepherd dogs. Other European mountain herding dogs, such as the Bergamasca shepherd dog from Italy, are also related to him.
The Polski Owczarek Podhalanski has its origins in large mastiffs that came to Europe from Asia more than a thousand years ago. In the High Tatras, this robust breed of dog emerged.

The breed name describes the purpose very well. Polski means Polish, Owczarek means Shepherd Dog and Podhalnski says the dogs are from Podhale. The breed was recognized by the FCI in 1967.

Polski Owczarek Podhalanski Accessories

You don’t need a lot of accessories. A food bowl and, if possible, several water bowls are a matter of course. Not only in summer do you distribute the water bowls over the entire property and in the house. Your Polski Owczarek Podhalanski needs a lot of water when it is hot and especially when you are giving dry food.
The dog has a sturdy collar and a fixed, short leash.

Please don’t be tempted to hang your Podhalaner on a flex line or other long line. You can’t stand the jolt when your 60 kg dog runs into a 5 m long leash.
Instead, practice keeping your Polski Owczarek Podhalanski with you off the leash. This breed likes to do that, he learns it quickly.
Outside, your four-legged friend needs a weatherproof, well-insulated hut with a soft blanket and a cozy basket inside.

Your friend is safe in a transport box in the car. Let your dog decide what toys he likes.

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