Also called the Polski Owczarek Nzinny, this breed is Asian in origin, and probably Tibetian. These dogs worked with larger shepherds in tandem. The larger breeds would fend off predators and this breed would drive the sheep. The dogs remained in Poland, and after the invasion that began WWII, there were only 150 of the dogs left alive. The breed has been brought back to respectable numbers but is probably better known outside of America.
These dogs are territorial and cautious of strangers, as its herding background would suggest. Once they know a person, they are incredibly affectionate but also very loud. They love to bark. Like all shepherds, it is intelligent and independent. They are great with kids and tend to stand up to canine bullies.