Tatra Mountain Sheepdog
(Owczarek podhalanski)

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Polish Mountain Sheepdog, Tatra Mountain Sheepdog, Owczarek podhalanski
Owczarek Tatrzanski, Polski Owczarek

Poland, 1600s
Closely related to the Hungarian Kuvasz & the Slovakian Kuvac. This dog is descended from great asian mastiffs brought to Europe over a 1,000 years ago

Companion, Guarding

Life Expectancy
This breed can live an average of 11 years of age

Weight & Height
99 to 152 pounds & 24 to 34 inches tall at the shoulders

Known Health Problems
Allergies, Bloat, Cataracts, Epilepsy, Hip Dysplasia

Physical Description
Large, powerful dog. It is rectangular in shape, the lead head has a slightly domed skull that the muzzle is tapered. The eyes are dark brown and slightly slanted. The nose is black and the triangular drop ears are medium sized. The tail is long and held low.

A loyal and affectionate rare breed. They do well with children but can be protective of them even if play is too rough with other children. They also usually do ok with other pets but probably best if introduced at an early age

Training should be consistant but calm

Living Conditions
No recommended for apartment due to size and exercise needs, would probably do best in a home with a large yard to run

Brush when needed especially during shedding

They need a large fenced yard but will also enjoy long walks on lead

Coat Texture
Soft undercoat and a hard, dense, wiry outer coat.

Coat Colors



3-5 pups per litter. Socialize Early

United Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale


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Tatra Mountain Sheepdog Breeders

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