Highly appreciated for his hunting skills, the Polish Greyhound must navigate through hunting bans in some countries. In countries where hunting with greyhounds is allowed, he becomes an excellent and much appreciated hunter, and in others, where his favorite sport is prohibited, an excellent and appreciated companion dog.
Quick Overview of the Polish Greyhound
- Skillful and resistant
- Fast and affectionate
- Gentle and sociable
- Strong temperament
- Strong and muscular constitution
- Neither weak nor heavy
- Withstands harsh conditions
- Very flexible and hard coat
- Solid and robust
- No particular pathology
- Rarely ill
Temperament of the Polish Greyhound
Skillful, resistant, fast, affectionate, gentle and sociable, he is very reserved with strangers but he is in control in all circumstances.
In the family, he is gentle and affectionate, but remains quite reserved. He likes the contact of his family, but he doesn't like cuddles.
Sociable in his home, he is rather reserved with strangers, but quite self-confident in general. He remains in control under all circumstances.
This large size dog has a solid, muscular constitution and is clearly stronger than others in his category.
However, he is neither weak nor heavy. His appearance is very reminiscent of his ancestor, the Asian sighthound.
Everything about his physique shows his great power and strong bones. This dog is capable of withstanding the harsh conditions of Polish climate.
Between 70 and 80 cm (27.56 to 31.50 inches) for the male
Between 68 and 75 cm (26.77 to 29.53 inches) for the female
Between 35 and 40 kg (77.16 to 88.18 pounds) for the male
Between 35 and 40 kg (77.16 to 88.18 pounds) for the female
All dress colors are allowed.
His hair is flexible to the touch, and very hard. However, it is neither silky nor wiry.
His head has a flat skull with a slight stop. His large, slightly slanted eyes are amber to dark brown.
His narrow ears are medium size. His nose is black or very dark. His tail may form a complete ring at the tip, or be sickle-shaped and curved upwards.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 10, section 3 and is #333
Tips About this breed
A very fast and appreciated hunting dog, the Polish Greyhound was born to hunt.
He can hunt on different terrains. He is resistant and very clever, which makes him effective in the pursuit of several types of game. In action, he is abrupt and very fast.
His strong temperament requires an education in line with his character.
His education must be completed without concession in a rigorous manner, and must clearly teach him the notions of prohibitions and family hierarchy, so that he understands very early where he stands in the family.
He prefers wide open spaces, where he can run around freely. City life is therefore very difficult for him.
He prefers the countryside, where he can run wild without restriction.
Health of the Polish Greyhound
He is solid and very robust, and not affected by any particular pathology.
He is rarely ill and adapted to the extreme conditions of Polish climate. He has excellent health and life expectancy.
In spite of his short coat, it is preferable to brush his coat regularly to keep it clean and healthy. No other maintenance is necessary.
History of this breed
Originally from Poland, the Chart Polski is probably descended from the Saluki-type Asian sighthound. His presence in Poland can be confirmed as early as the 13th century.
It is totally impossible that he is a cross between a Borzoi and Greyhound, as the Russian author Sabaniejew claimed. The Polish Greyhound was already in Poland in the 13th century, while the existence of the Borzoi is not mentioned before the reign of Ivan the Terrible, Tsar in the 16th century.
Representations of the Polish Greyhound in hunting literature and iconographic documentation are very present and consistent. The paintings prove that he preserved his original appearance until the end of the 19th century.
Used for hunting hare, he is also appreciated for hunting foxes, bustards, roe deer, and even wolves. He excels at hunting, but since some countries prohibit hunting with greyhounds, he can also be an excellent companion dog.