The Polish Greyhound is an ancient Polish breed that is rare outside Poland. Known for their protective, loyal instincts, these dogs have a sleek body and head with slanting almond eyes, long snout, floppy ears, and a broad, muscular neck. Their legs are well-proportioned, and the waist is thin, ending with a long, hanging tail.
|Other Names||Chart Polski (Polish), Polish Sighthound|
|Coat||Double, harsh, smooth|
|Colors||Beige, black and tan, blue|
|Type||Sighthound, Watchdog, Working Dog, Hunting Dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Purebred|
|Lifespan||10 to 12 years|
|Weight||59-69 pounds (full grown male/female)|
|Height (Size)||Large; 27-31 inches|
|Personality Traits||Brave, loyal, playful, obedient|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||No (including cats)|
|Good for New/First-time Owners||No|
|Country of Origin||Poland|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||FCI, CKC, UKC|
Despite its name, the Polish Greyhounds are not directly related to the ‘Greyhound’ group. Its Polish name, Chart Polski, literally translates to ‘Polish Sighthound’. The primary purpose of breeding these dogs was hunting, roe deer, hares, wolves, and bustards. Polish Greyhound has its mention in the written documents from the 16th century.
Today, experts believe that this breed originated in Poland from the Saluki-type Asiatic sighthounds. The UKC recognized this breed on 1st January 1996. Its ‘breed standards’ is based on the 19th-century paintings by artists Jozef Brandt, Juliusz Kossak, and Alfreda Wierusz-Kowalski.
Unusual for sighthounds, the Chart Polski is quite protective of their territories (their owner’s house), making them an excellent watchdog. Though very loyal to their family members, they are not comfortable living together with other pets despite being brought up together. However, they are good with children.
These are energetic dogs that enjoy playing and running around the house. Due to their somewhat dominating disposition, they are not recommended for novice owners. Polish Greyhounds often tend to be aloof in front of strangers.
One meal serving a day is typically sufficient for this breed. 2½ to 3 cups of high-quality dry kibble is enough to feed your dog daily.