Polish Tatra Sheepdog- “The Snow Dog”
The Polish Tatra Sheepdog is a mountain sheepdog that is domiciled in the mountainous
regions of Poland. Its heritage dates back to around 1300 AD when they were used by the natives as guarding dogs in
grazing fields. It is close to some of the Romanian breeds which have similar attributes. Although dogs of this
breed were greatly famished and consequently decimated in the raging world wars, there has been renewed interest in
breeding them particularly in Europe.
A characteristic feature of this breed is the dense white fur which covers the entire
body even the tail giving it a puffed up look. On the upper surface, they have long rough hair which can either be
curled or straight depending on the environment they play or live. This is one of the few breeds that boast of pure
white coats because of strict breeding. Generally, the nose has
black nose which extends to the adjacent areas of the lips.
On average, a mature Polish Tatra sheepdog may weigh anything between 45-60 kg. The males
measure 65-70 cm while the females measure 60-65cm from the shoulders. This breed has been noted for its hardiness
and tends to be less prone to diseases such as epilepsy, bloat, and eye problems.
As country dogs, they have become accustomed to general guarding and herding tasks. So
they thrive more in environments where they have adapted. Nevertheless, they have been domesticated as pets outside
their habitats because of their genial nature. Home owners who keep this breed may enjoy the double benefits of
security and loyal companionship.
The typical Polish Tatra Sheepdog is not docile but can
respond effectively to a threat by making a loud bark. A pure breed is a good asset for the home owner who wants to
maintain a progeny of these agile and moderately tempered dogs. Like all dogs with stubborn tendencies, the breed
should be managed by someone who understands the needs and instincts of the dog but most important is the need to
re-enforce leadership so that it becomes loyal and obedient.
If socialized well from infancy, the owner can find a thoughtful and devoted companion in this breed. It can
be affectionate to family members and respectful. However, this is one breed that does not entertain strangers by
being docile or aloof. It may be quite aggressive and the level of aggression may vary according to the degree of
The Polish Tatra Sheepdog is a high altitude breed which seems to thrive in cold areas
and so it may experience stress when transferred to hot low altitude areas. This breed sheds fur annually and so
retains its attractive look by eliminating stained or dirty fur. Less grooming is recommended for this country
working dog because it seldom gets dirty and also because of its purpose.
This is a very attractive breed for anyone who wants pure bred dogs. Its flawless
white color and the dense fur actually give it a distinct appearance. This high altitude dog is one of the few
intelligent and self-conscious breeds which seem to know more about its strength and limitations because of its
ability to analyze a situation.