The Polish Greyhound is a large and elegant dog, known for its confident and reserved temperament, as well as for its speed and agility.
The height in males is between 70 and 80 cm and in females between 68 and 75 cm. The weight of this breed ranges between 25 and 50 kilograms. Its life expectancy is 10 to 12 years. The Polish Hound belongs to Group 10 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes Sighthounds.
Breed history in brief
The history of the Polish Hound dates back to the 13th century in Poland, where its presence is documented. It is believed that these dogs are descended from Asian hounds of the Saluki type. The Polish Hound has been mentioned frequently in literature, especially in hunting literature, and iconographic depictions of the breed are remarkably uniform. This suggests that the original appearance of the breed has remained virtually unchanged until the late 19th century.
Over the centuries, the Polish Hound has been valued for its speed, endurance and hunting ability. Although its popularity has fluctuated over the years, the Polish Hound continues to be appreciated as a distinguished and unique breed today.
The Polish Greyhound is a large sized dog, with an elongated and strong head. The ears are medium sized, set high and folded back, except when excited, when they can be carried erect. The eyes are large and show coloration varying from dark brown to amber. The tail is long and slender, and is carried low and sabre-shaped at rest.
The coat is hard and elastic. They can have different solid colors or combinations of colors, such as white, black, gray, brindle or fawn.
The Polish Hound is known for its kind, gentle and reserved temperament. They are loyal and affectionate to their family, although they can be aloof with strangers. They are intelligent, agile and possess great speed, which makes them excellent racing dogs. Although they are active, they are also calm in the home and enjoy spending relaxed time with their owners.
Common health problems
Information on the most common diseases in the Polish Wolfhound breed is very limited, it is not known to be prone to specific health problems. Even so, it is likely to be predisposed to some of the more common disorders in dogs such as hip dysplasia, cataracts, retinal dysplasia, ventricular dilatation and dermatitis.
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