The polish tatra sheepdog is a large dog breed which can stand as tall as 28 inches from ground to shoulder and weigh as much as 130 pounds. They are extremely strong and sturdy dogs.
The breed is known for its solid white coat. This thick double coat allows them to withstand both cold temperatures and dry heat. The white coloring was useful as it helped the breed blend in with sheep but also let herders recognize them as a dog and not a bear or wolf.
As a sheepdog, tatras are an alert breed. They are surprisingly agile for their size and are extremely territorial with their home, family, or flock. Tatras will usually not attack anything that threatens their territory. Instead they will stand their ground and intimidate the threat by barking, growling, and charging. Generally this method works since the breed is large and has an extremely loud bark. The breed will only bite if there is no other method of keeping the threat away from the tatra's territory. This anti-pursuit behavior is also an indication of the breed's high intelligence. Sheepdogs which leave the flock to pursue a threat will leave the flock open to other attacks, which the tatra is aware of.
The polish tatra sheepdog can be used for other services other than watching sheep. The breed has also successfully been used as a guard dog for both property and people and their wooly coat can also be shaved and turned into wool.
Tatras are a very loyal dog who excel as watchdogs. They are territorial and protective over their family's property. Tatra's are an alert dog breed with a very loud bark and will bark at anything suspicious. They are considered friendly dogs and will not be aggressive towards strangers which are welcomed by their master. It is recommended to socialize the breed as a puppy and consistently throughout adulthood to keep the dog well balanced. Although tatras are intelligence, they can be stubborn so they are not recommended for owners without previous dog experience.