The Polish Lowland Sheepdog's Origins and History Source: Wikipedia. Country/Region of Origin: Poland Original purpose: herding dog Historical notes: The modern Polish Lowland Sheepdog breed goes back to at least the thirteenth century. The breed is likely descended from the Puli and the herding dogs of the Huns. The breed almost went extinct during World War II. Dr. Danuta Hryeniewicz revived the breed. Her dog, Smok (Dragon), was the ancestor of all PONs in the world today. The breed standard was written with Smok as the model.