Frequently Asked Questions of PON.
1. What is the size of an adult PON?
Male: Height: 45 to 50 cm (17.7in.-19.7in.) Weight: 17 to 21 kg (37.5lb.-46lb).
Female: Height: 42 to 47 cm (16.5in.-18.5in.) Weight: 15 to 18 kg (33lb-.40lb).

2. What colours authorised?
All colours and stains are admitted. The most widespread are the black, the fawn, the white, the grey and the dove coloured. Coat can be plain, bicolored or multicoloured. They can be colourful.

3. What is its character?
Happy and player the PON is a real clown. He is shepherd's dog, he possesses therefore an autonomous character, he is capable of initiatives. Compared to other breeds he will be less our PON... He needs a master to the natural authority, he will become its best friend !!!

4. Are they good with children?
A: I have 2 children 7 + 13 and she is wonderful with them. She does love the little ones more but she tends to knock them over because she wants to lick there faces.
B: Yes. Very. But they have to be exposed to them. Whatever I introduced my PON to when he was a puppy, he was comfortable with growing up. In other words, if a PON puppy does not meet children and get used to their abuse or unpredictability, he will not get along with them when he's an adult. I took our PON to my daughter's school yard when he was a baby - kids running around, screaming, some of them quite afraid of dogs. He was freaky the first few times, but then got used to it and now never shows any anxiety or bad behaviour around such chaos. We have a 12-year-old daughter and she wrestles with our PON all the time - teasing him quite mercilessly. He never objects and never threatens her in any way. All PONs know who their "family" is and are equally protective of all members of it.
C: Yes. However, as with all dogs, it is essential to establish within the family a clear hierarchical order, upon arrival of the puppy in the family. Examples : the dog eats after masters, one does not give it anything to table, it has not the right to go in all coins of the house...

5. Are they protective of kids?
Yes. They are very protective of the house in general, and anyone who belongs in it. Being sheep dogs, they have a highly developed sense of their "flock". Sometimes they tend to be a little protective if other kids are bothering. Some nizinnys also herd the kids.

6. Do they like other animals...such as cats and rabbits and birds?
A: Depends on the cat, rabbit or bird. Our PON always tries to play with our cat, but our cat - being older and more dignified - wants nothing to do with him. So our PON has learned to keep his distance. Which doesn't prevent him from stealing the cat's food whenever he can...
B: No. Some do like them but mine hates cats.
C: Some do and some don't. Mine likes cats but loves to chase and eat wildrabbits. But I know of some that kills cats. So, I guess this is a question about obedience.

7. Do they lose a lot of hair?
No, you have to brush them. When they change from a puppy coat to a adult coat they lose some.

8. Do they need a lot of exercise?
As much or as little as you give them. They get used to your rhythms. Ours is a city dog and is taken to the local park 2x a day where he can run free . But there are PONs who live on farms and are outdoors working dogs; and PONs who live in apartments and only get to go around the block on a leash. They are very adaptable. More important is mind-training.

9. Do they bark a lot?
A: Our PON tends to bark more than other dogs I have had but she is trying to tell me something when she does, she is trying to herd me.
B: Yes. They are a 24-hr. burglar alarm. We have a lot of city life outside our door, and the dog is always telling us if there is anyone outside within 10 metres of the house. Which is often.
C: Some do. I had one of each kind. My lates one only bark when someone arrives at our yard.

10. How long can I leave a PON alone home?
First time: 1 minute then after that a good time is less than 4 hours. 6 hours maximum. They don't like to be away from you. Take them with you even if they have to be in car. They want to be with you.

11. What are they like in your home?
A: They think they are people... only they think they are smarter.
B: Very calm. Except when someone comes anywhere near the house. And when someone actually rings the doorbell, he goes nuts. There is a whole ritual around letting a stranger enter: we have to tell the dog he is a good boy. Then we have to tell him to sit. Only then can we let the person in. And we have to keep reassuring the dog the person is okay. Occasionally I have even made of point of kissing or hugging the person (even a relative stranger) just to let the dog know the person is safe to allow in. Once the person or persons are in and settled, he is perfectly calm around them.
C: Bossy (like to be the boss). Bark at every one and everything. They go crazy when you try to do something with them. We don't throw anything to her any more... They are not very good at concentrating on something. They follow me everywhere.
D: A PON have two gears. Action and sleeping. Inside the house they are very calm and don't run-around. They love to train and to play outside. My PON is a bit lazy and loves to sleep when nothing is happening. Usually she follows me around the house and lays down close to me. If I move she moves. If someone enters the yard she runs to the window and barks. When she sees that i have noticed someone is coming she stops. She also thinks that she's a lapdog. Loves to be petted. When your away only for 5 minutes she acts like you have been gone all day. She's a very quick learner. She opens doors for example.

12. Does PONs require a lot of grooming?
A: Depends how active he is. Ours gets a bath maybe once every 3 months or so, but if the weather is bad and muddy, he can get quite stinky (smells of Eau de Wet Dog). A thorough brushing or comb through at least once a week is pretty essential to make sure he doesn't develop serious mats.
B: It depends on the quality of the fur. With harsh good quality fur you will only need to brush once a week. But with softer fur it's needed once a day. Bathing depends on how fast they get durty. Sometimes i bath once a week and sometimes it can go 3 months between baths.

13. Does PONs shed?
No. They usually only shed when changing from babie coat to adult coat.

14. Does PONs eat a lot?
A: He doesn't require much dog food. Spotski gets a cup to a cup and 1/2 of mixed wet and dry high-fibre, low-protein food in the morning and in the evening. However, they are the worst thieves on the planet. Nothing, I repeat NOTHING, that is edible is safe from a PON. You will have to learn to put all your food high up so the dog can't reach it.
B: They would like to but they don't need much.
C: If they have access to. I mean a PON can eat enormous amounts of food if they can. But they don't need it. Actually less then other breeds of this size.

15. Does PONs drool?

16. Have I take a male or a female?
As for a lot others races, the male will have more character than the female. A female will be able be more adapted to the life in house due to the fact of its lesser size. Makes a female will be less dominant than a male. In fact, it returns you to decide, if you have possessed a PON, if you have already a male to the house or then if you have the experience of Shepherd's dog... Speak about that with the breeder, it will guide you.

17. Did it predispose to the dysplasia?
The PON, as many other races, is subject to the dysplasia. Relatives of the puppies would have to have been X-rayed, and the perusal undertaken by the vet reader of the Club... Do not hesitate to ask see certificates of the Veterinary reader of the Club. They are the proof that you address to a serious breeder.

18. What have I do to know on its health?
Some PON (there again as for all dogs) inherit ocular tares of their ancestors. There also a tracking exists and is recommended for parents. If sire and dam can be unharmed Persistence of the Arterial Canal (ask see the certificate of the veterinarian), that will be good.... ASIDE that, our PON is in general very robust and very rarely sick (safe indigestion !!!!).

19. How to find a breeder of PON?
First of all we recommend you the canine exhibition visit the closest to your domicile, you will meet there fanciers of PON. You can then contact the club that will inform you more completely on puppies to come.

20. How to know if it is a good breeder?
To make you your opinion, start by looking at the conditions of dog life. Do the bitch and her pups appears healthy. Do not hesitate to ask questions: Since how much time this person practices the breeding, the breeding is it represented in exhibition, what dog clubs do they belong to, how long have they had PON, how many individual dogs do they own, how often do they have puppies available. Be sure to ask for references... Ask to see approvals of champion. Attention to breeders that have too dogs or many carried each years.

21. Why do some PONs have tail and some don't?
A: There tails are docked when they are born
B: In Finland they used to cut all the tails but now they aren't allowed any more.
C: In Finland we have lots of bobtail-PONs. We counted it a year ago (1996), and we had about 43-48% short tails or bobtail -PONs.
D: Most nizinnys are born with a tail. But they get docked. In Sweden we are not allowed to dock our dogs.

22. How much does a PON cost to buy?
A: In USA between 1500.00 and 1800.00 us $.
B: The price of sale for a PON depends many factors : One of the relatives (or can be the two) is it Champion (if yes, of what?) Did the puppy been produced in France or imported? Relatives are they unharmed dysplasia? Did they undertake examinations of ocular tare detection? etc... An PON of quality is found in France in price ranging from 3500 to 5500 French Francs.
C: In Sweden around 7000 swedish crowns (approx.1000 US$)

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30 Maj 1997