Polish Tatra Sheepdog

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Country of Origin:Poland
AKC Group:Rare
UKC Group:Guardian
Use today:Livestock protection, companion
Life Span:10 to 12 years
Color:White or cream
Coat:Flat, true silk coat
Grooming:Brush weekly
Size:Large Dog Breed
Height:Measured at the shoulders; males, 25 to 27 inches; females, 23 to 25 inches.
Weight:100 to 130 pounds.

Native to the Tatra Mountains of southern Poland, Tatra Sheepdogs were raised for centuries as guard dogs for protecting sheep flocks from bears and wolves. Like many European breeds, the large white dogs were almost wiped out during World War II, but concerned fanciers began breeding programs that brought the dog's numbers up, and the breed was recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale in 1967. The breed is massive, heavy-boned and powerfully muscled, standing about 26 inches at the withers and weighing up to 130 pounds. The Tatra has a thick, self-cleaning coat that is generally pure white, but can be a pale creamy white color. It is a patient, gentle dog that generally is not aggressive unless threatened. Easygoing and flexible, the breed is great with children and makes a good family dog and guard dog. The Tatra's independent nature means it needs firm, early training and socialization. It's best suited to a large country home where it has a job to do.

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