Owczarek Tatrzanski, Polish Mountain Sheepdog, Polski Owczarek, Tatra Mountain Sheepdog
The Owczarek Podhalanski is one of several European livestock guardians. These dogs do not herd their charges, but instead protect them. They traditionally guarded sheep, living with their charges and fending off predators that included large preditors such as wolves. In more modern times they have been used as guardians and for military and police work.
Owczarek Podhalanski Standards
History of the Owczarek Podhalanski
The Owczarek Podhalanski has existed for centuries in southern Poland, near the Tatra Mountains. It is impossible to know their exact ancestry, although like the other European livestock guardians it is likely they descended from Asian mastiffs. They are closely related to the Maremma Sheepdog, Great Pyrenees, Hungarian Kuvasz and Slovensky Cuvac.