Polish Tatra Sheepdog picture
Polish Tatra Sheepdog

Owczarek Podhalanski, Tatra Mountain Sheepdog, Polski Owczarek


The average height for males is 65 to 70 centimetres (26 to 28 in), while for females it is 60 to 65 centimetres (24 to 26 in). Their signature would be their massive pure white double coat. The coat is wavy with a curly top.

A lot of today's Polish Tatra Sheepdog's behaviors and qualities can be traced back to its use of guarding. They are territorial, loyal and protective of their owners, and are very good watchdogs for this reason. They have a very loud bark and will bark at anything that is suspicious, as they are trying to protect their family. Since they were trained to be cautious and not attack until completely necessary when predators were around sheep, The Polish Tatra Sheepdog will not bite a stranger or other animals unless continuously provoked, leading them to be considered very dog and animal friendly. From thousands of years of guarding sheep, they are very intelligent, calm and independent.

Size Large
Height Female: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm)Male: 26-28 inches (65-70 cm)
Weight 80-130 pounds (36-59 kg)
Lifespan 10-12 years
Colors Cream White
Origin Poland
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

These dogs are not recommended for apartment life and would do best with a mid-to-large sized yard. They need space, but adapt well to family life. They are not really active indoors, but need regular exercise outdoors. A fence is a must as they may wander away in search of the borders to what they believe is their territory. Puppies are very active and might have the tendency to wander off or escape. Prefer cool climates.

Good With Children

Good with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also very friendly toward other pets and friendly toward strangers.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs

They need to be taken on a daily walk. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human.


Moderately Easy Training: The Polish Tatra Sheepdog is average when it comes to training. Results will come gradually.



Grooming Requirements

The rest of the year it stays remarkably clean due to the self-cleansing coat. Seldom requires a bath. Dry-mouthed, this breed does not drool.


Sheds its undercoat profusely in late spring and must be brushed and groomed.



Polish Tatra Sheepdog Pictures