Polish Tatra Sheepdog

Description

The Polish Tatra Sheepdog is a massive breed. Its body is very powerful and well balanced. The breed stands on muscular legs. Its front legs are straight while its back legs are moderately angled. The coat is not too long and very dense. The coat is most profuse at the face, back of the legs, and neck. Its head is large with an elongated and narrow muzzle. The facial features are usually very dark. Its neck is well muscled and transitions to a straight back. The breed’s chest is deep. Its tail is set even with its back.

Temperament

The Polish Tatra Sheepdog is one of the most easy-going breeds. It is excellent with children and other pets. The breed is devoted and seeks to protect its family. It devotion and bravery makes it both a good watchdog and guard dog. Affection comes easy with this breed. It is obedient, but may exhibit independent ways.

Height and Weight

The male and females both average about 80-130 pounds. The male is about 26 inches tall and the female is about 24 inches tall.

Health Problems

The most common health problem that exists with the Polish Tatra Sheepdog is hip dysplasia. This condition affects breed that are the general size of the Tatra. Other rare conditions, such as epilepsy, cataracts, and patellar luxation may also exist in this breed. Some types may develop gastric torsion, which may be prevented by feeding the dog smaller meals more frequently.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Polish Tatra Sheepdog is not suitable for small living conditions. It is more suited for a yard with open space and a fence. The breed tends to bark excessively, so a suburban community is not recommended.

Exercise

Daily exercise is required for the Polish Tatra Sheepdog. It has a high energy level and loves to engage in high activity sports, such as running and swimming. It is an excellent companion for an owner that workouts regularly.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy of the Polish Tatra Sheepdog is 10-12 years.

Litter Size

The Polish Tatra Sheepdog has an average of 5-8 puppies.

Grooming

The Polish Tatra Sheepdog requires all-over grooming. The coat virtually cleans itself, but still requires maintenance. Its coat sheds most of the time and should be brushed or combed several times each week. The nails should be clipped and the ears checked.

Origin

The Polish Tatra Sheepdog originates from the southern area of Poland called Podhale.

Group

Herding

Color

The only acceptable color for the Polish Tatra Sheepdog coat is white.