THE PTWDA
THE POLISH TATRA WORKING
DOG ASSOCIATION
Home of the Working
Owczarek Podhalanski
TYPICAL BREED TRAITS
POLISH TATRA
SHEEPDOGS
are very
independent,
self-thinking,
highly intelligent,
able to assess
situations without
human guidance.
► The TATRA dog needs an owner who is intelligent, preferably with prior big
dog experience.  The owner MUST be a strong alpha leader, fair and loving
and very consistent with all rules.  

► The TATRA dog needs early socialization and then throughout its entire
life.  Basic obedience is a MUST.  Good fencing a necessity and mandatory.

► The TATRA dog is devoted and loving to his family and close friends.  Very
reserved around strangers.  Territorial of home and surroundings.

► The TATRA dog will sound BIG WARNING BARKS at anything it deems
suspicious or strange.  Will bite eventually if challenged or pushed.

► The TATRA dog is wakeful and vigilant during night hours.  If left outside,
will patrol property and territory.  Will bark at anything out of place or unusual.

► The TATRA dog sheds its undercoat profusely in late spring and must be
brushed and groomed.  The rest of the year it stays remarkably clean due to
its self-cleansing coat.  These dogs are dry mouthed—do not drool.  Seldom
require a bath.

► The TATRA dog loves snow and cold weather.  They are very weather
resistant.

► The TATRA dog has dietary needs that are very small due to low
metabolism.  Adult dogs eat 4-5 cups of high quality adult maintenance dog
food per day, less in summer.

►  The TATRA dog generally gets along well with other pets and is NOT
highly dog-dog aggressive.

► The TATRA dog is generally very gentle with well behaved and mannerly
children.  Will not tolerate abuse from children or adults.

► The TATRA dog occasionally will show hip dysplasia(under 20%).  Very few
reported cases (less than 1%) of patellar luxation, juvenile cataracts, epilepsy,
allergic dermatitis, and bloat (gastric torsion).  
PTWDA Members with their Tatra Dogs
at theTrailing of the Sheep,
Hailey/Ketchum, Idaho