|United Kennel Club|
The sequence follows FCI breed standard.
CLASSIFICATION: Guardian Dog
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The Owczarek Podhalanski, also known as the Polish Tatra Sheepdog, originated in the Podhale, a small, mountainous region in southern Poland. Developed as a livestock guardian, the breed is also used for personal protection, as guard dogs for private property, for military and police work, carting, and as guide dogs. The Owczarek Podhalanski was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1995.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: The Owczarek Podhalanski is a strong and compactly built dog, with a rectangular shape. Its body is impressive, expressing both power and mobility.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Its temperament is calm and grave. The breed is intelligent and alert. Its imposing attitude makes it an attractive companion dog.
HEAD: The head is lean and in proportion to the body. It is held at medium height both during movement and in a standing position.
Skull: In profile, the skull is slightly domed. The forehead furrow is shallow. The stop is distinct, but not abrupt.
Nose: The nose is black. Nostrils are wide.
Muzzle: The strong muzzle tapers slightly. It is slightly longer than, or equal in length to the length of the skull. The top of the muzzle is broad. The tight lips have dark rims.
Jaws/Teeth: A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite, which is preferred. A level bite is acceptable.
Eyes: The expressive, medium size eyes slant slightly. They are dark brown in color. The eye rims are dark.
Ears: The ears are set at the same height, or a little higher, as the external angle of the eyes. They are medium length, rather thick, triangular in shape, and densely coated. The front edges lie close to the head.
NECK: The medium-length neck is muscular, without any dewlap. It has a profuse mane. The upper line of the neck is higher than the back.
BODY: The body is long and massive. The broad withers are distinctly marked. The back is level and broad. The loins are broad. The croup slopes slightly. The chest is deep. The ribs are oblique and rather flat. The tuck-up is slight.
TAIL: The tail set is not very high, following the slope of the croup. It is held below the level of the back. When the dog is excited, it may be held above the level of the back, but is not rolled. In length, it reaches to the hock. The tip of the tail may be a little curved.
FOREQUARTERS: The shoulder blades slope slightly.
FORELEGS: The muscular, well-boned forelegs have plenty of bone, but are not too heavy. They are straight when viewed from the front. The pasterns slope slightly.
FEET: The large front and hind feet are compact and oval in shape. There is hair between the toes. The pads are strong, hard, and dark. The nails are strong and blunt. Dark nails are preferred.
HINDQUARTERS: The hindquarters are moderately angulated.
HIND LEGS: Viewed from the rear, the hind legs are vertical. The rear pastern is straight.
HAIR: The hair is short and close on the head, muzzle, the front of the forelegs, and below the hock. The neck and body are covered with a long, thick, straight, or slightly waved hair that is hard to the touch. There is a profuse undercoat. The neck has a profuse ruff. The thighs and tail are covered with long, thick hair.
COLOUR: A uniform white is the acceptable color. Small cream-colored patches are undesirable.
Height at withers: The height range, measured at the shoulders, for males is from 25½ to 27½ inches. The height range, measured at the shoulders, for females is from 23½ to 25½ inches.
Muzzle: A deep forehead furrow; poor pigmentation of the lips.
Eyes: Light, bear eyes; poor pigmentation of the eye rims.
Nose: Poor nose pigmentation.
Ears: High set ears; ears bent back; cropped ears.
Body: High at the croup
Hind Legs: Presence of dewclaws.
Tail: Tail held constantly over the back.
Coat: Lack of ruff; lack of feathering on the legs; lack of hair between the toes.
Teeth: Several missing teeth; overshot or undershot bite.
Coat: A curly coat; a silky coat; lack of undercoat.
Color: Albinism. Piebald color.