Breeding group : Hounding
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GENERALBreed group: Hounding Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Guarding, Hunting, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Large Weight: 55-70 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black & Brown
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 10-12 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Polish Hound is an ancient hunting dog breed and among the five Polish breeds that are recognized internationally. Ogar Polski, as this dog is otherwise known, was developed in 13th century as a hunting breed. Uncertainty prevails over its exact origination. Some believe that this dog came into being when St. Hubart was crossed with local Polish dogs though some also believe that it was developed from German and Australian breeds. This large and impressive dog comes with impressive muscular physique and beautiful resonant voice. It is a tenacious hunter that will not be intimated by harsh weather or difficult terrain when it is on the hunt. The dog stands between 22-25.5 inches and weighs about 55-70 lbs. This strong-boned and compactly built dog comes with a noble head, slightly convex skull and elongated muzzle. Large and wide nose is coat coloured. Medium size eyes have kind, gentle and serene expression. Broad based, medium length hanging ears are set at eye level. Medium length and well muscled neck has loose skin with folded dewlap. The compact and well boned body gives impression of strength yet lightness. It comes with long, broad and muscled back, deep, wide chest with well sprung ribs and slightly tucked-up belly. Medium thick, rather bushy tail is carried low and in sabre fashion in repose and held high when the dog is in action. Medium length, harsh and thick coat is close fitting. It is longer on back, back of hindquarters and tail. Hair is short and soft on head and ears. Undercoat is abundant in winter and less in summer. It comes in bi colouring. This breed is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by UKC.
The body of the Polish Hound is dark gray and black. Head, ears, legs, external region and thighs are podzary (burnt) tan in color. White hair that forms a star or a blaze that extends to the muzzle and chest gives the dog a distinct appearance. The black may form a mantle which extends as far as on the head. Distinct tan spots above the eyes.
The coat of Polish Hound is harsh, medium in length, thick and close-fitting. The undercoat is dense. The coat is longer on back, at the back of hindquarters and on tail.
The Polish Hound has a dual personality. As a hunter, this dog is tenacious and persistent, one that will not be intimated by harsh weather or difficult terrain when trailing a scent. As a family companion, it is very loving, loyal and gentle breed that is specially playful and happy with children. It can get along well with other dogs and pets in the family. With its loyal nature, this dog will protect the family if such need arises. It is an alert breed with a resonant sound that the dog will use to alarm arrival of an stranger, thus making a very able watchdog. Its massive and impressive appearance and loud voice is enough to keep the intruders away. It is not a high exercising breed and would be happy with twice a day long walks.
Though it has a medium length coat that is longer on some parts of body, this dog is still easy to care for. Once a week brushing will prove sufficient to keep the coat clean. Bathing is needed when necessary. Its coat will shine if given a thorough rubdown with a wet cloth. Long ears should be checked for infection regularly.
The Polish Hound may be a difficult dog to train if not handled properly. It has an independent nature and though obedient to its master, it can choose to turn a deaf ear when it wants to. A firm and stable trainer will be able to extract best out of this dog with positive training methods and consistent training.
This massive breed is energetic but does not have as high exercise needs as some of the other breeds. Twice a day walk will be enough to keep the dog fit although it will thrive on opportunities to play and run. The Polish Hound is best suited to rural or suburban life style.