The Polish Hound is an old-established medium-sized hunting dog breed native to Poland. Characterized by a strong, sleek, and athletic body with a broad and muscular back, these hounds have been used for hunting foxes, roe deer, wild boars, hares, and ducks.
They have a rectangular outline, with their body length being slightly larger than their height at the withers. These dogs possess a broad skull with a well-defined stop, medium-length muscular neck, elongated muzzle, strong jaws, large and wide noses, and pendulous ears that are set quite low.
|Alternative names||Ogar Polski|
|Coat||Short/medium, thick, smooth/hard; longer fur on nape, back, and tail; soft and dense undercoat|
|Color||Brown and tan, red and black, black and tan; white markings are also seen|
|Group of Breed||Hound, Scent hound|
|Weight||Male: 55-70.5 lb
Female: 44-57.5 lb
|Size/Height||Medium; 22-22.5 inches|
|Size of Litter||Maximum of 14 puppies|
|Temperament||Gentle, calm, loyal, courageous, intelligent|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||Poland|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||FCI, UKC, DRA|
The origin of the Polish Hound is not clear, as several historical written accounts dating from the 14th-18th centuries mention that these dogs were specifically bred by the noble families for hunting.
Many notable historians including F.B. Laska believed that these scent hounds are the descendants of the Kostroma Hound or the Hound of Tartars while others thought that it was produced by crossing the St Hubert Hound with the local hounds.
Jan Szytier also referred to these hunting dogs in his 19th-century book, Poradnik Myśliwych. As the Polish Hounds’ population decreased after the Second World War, several efforts to increase their numbers led to the development of a light-boned type and a heavy-boned type, which was acknowledged by the FCI in 1966.
Like most scent hounds, the Polish Hound is known for its stamina, excellent sense of smell, and brave disposition. Capable of quickly acclimatizing to different settings, it can chase and hunt the game on a variety of terrains. It typically gives a loud bark while chasing its prey, the males in a low-pitched and the females in a high-pitched voice respectively.
Apart from its hunting nature, the Ogar Polski makes an excellent family companion.
This hound, having a stable personality, is friendly towards its family members and makes a great playmate for children. Moreover, it gets along well with other animals in its household.
However, it is wary of unknown people and will sound a loud bark if anyone tries to intrude its domain.
You can give your Polish Hound a moderate amount of quality dry dog food that is rich in protein.