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Polish Hound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Polish Hound so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginPoland
Other Names
What other names does the Polish Hound have? The dog breed also known as...
Ogar Polski, Polish Scenthound, Gończy Polski
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Polish Hound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Polish Hound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.
Price
How much does the Polish Hound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Polish Hound price:
$600-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Polish Hound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Polish Hound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Polish Hound gets to a happy place.

History

The Polish Hound is a hunting breed indigenous to Poland. It is also known as the Ogar Polski. The breed is an ancient one, and it was developed by mixing local Polish hounds with Bloodhounds. The result was a lighter-boned, thus more athletic version of a Bloodhound.

The history of the Polish Hound is rich, and it goes back to centuries where the dogs’ distant ancestors hunted wildlife as they roamed Poland’s forests. Being a working dog, back then, there was no specific breed standard but more a type of dog that was sturdily built and had an excellent nose. During the Middle Ages, Bloodhounds were crossbred with these native Polish Hounds with the intention of creating the breed today known as the Polish Scent Hound. Another theory suggests that the Polish Hound was developed for hunting during the 13th century with some suggesting that the breed arose from a cross between the St. Hubert’s Hound with indigenous Polish dogs. There is also a theory that the breed descended from various German and Austrian breeds. Though its exact origins are unknown, the Polish Hound was clearly developed for its scenting and hunting abilities, that is the reason why the breed was highly valued by Polish hunters for these qualities.

The sturdy dogs’ main characteristics continued unchanged through into the 20th century. However, after the First World War, people became more interested in the show dogs as opposed to having dogs purely for their working abilities. After the Second World War, the breed nearly got extinct, but two colonels took the responsibility upon themselves to revive native Polish hunting dogs. Colonel Piotr Kartwik developed the Ogar Polski, also known as the Polish Hound and Colonel Josef Pawuslewizc developed the Gonczy Polski, a smaller version of the modern Polish Hound. A new breed standard based on Colonel Piotr Kartwik’s dogs was formerly adopted in 1983 as the guide for the ideal Polish Hound.

In 1966, the Polish Hound was recognized by the FCI and got the classification as a scent hound, but the breed remained practically unknown outside of Poland. The UKC (United Kennel Club) is too, recognized the breed, in 1996. Nonetheless, the Polish Hound did not get recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) yet. Nowadays, the breed is a rarity outside of its native county.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Polish Hound size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Polish Hound weigh? Polish Hound weight:
Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 44-57 pounds (20-26 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Polish Hound? Polish Hound average weight:
Male: 62.5 pounds (28 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height
How tall is the Polish Hound? Polish Hound height:
Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Polish Hound average height:
Male: 23 inches (58 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Polish Hound have? What does this canine coat look like?
ThickSmoothHard
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Polish Hound's coat?
Black & TanRed & BlackBrown & Tan
Grooming
How to groom the Polish Hound and how often?
Average: The Polish Hound requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Polish Hound, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Polish Hound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Ogar Polski? Polish Hound shedding level:
Polish Hounds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Polish Hound have? What characteristics does the breed have?
GentleCalmLoyalCourageousIntelligent
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Polish Hound? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Polish Hound's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Polish Hound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Polish Hounds aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Polish Hound is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Polish Hound sensitivity:
Polish Hounds are less sensitive than other dog breeds. They aren't receptive to their owner's emotions and handle soft punishment quite well. They don't mind an always changing daily routine, a hectic household, young children, noisy or office environment and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Polish Hounds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Ogar Polski need? Polish Hound social needs:
Polish Hounds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Polish Hound dogs bark a lot? Why does my Polish Scenthound bark?
High: The Polish Hound is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Polish Hound good as a watchdog?
Polish Hounds are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Polish Hound dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Polish Hound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Polish Hounds strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Polish Hound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Ogar Polski? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Polish Hound? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Polish Hound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Polish Hound do?
Polish Hounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Polish Hounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Polish Hound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Polish Hound roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Polish Hound is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Polish Hound have high prey drive?
Polish Hounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Polish Hound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Polish Hound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Polish Hounds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Polish Hounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Polish Hounds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Polish Hound dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Polish Hounds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Polish Hound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Polish Hound and children:
Polish Hounds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Polish Hound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Polish Hounds are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Polish Hound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Polish Hound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Polish Hounds are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Polish Hound can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Polish Hounds good office dogs? Do Polish Hounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Polish Hounds be office dogs?
No
Polish Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Polish Hound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Ogar Polski temperament with senior people? Are Polish Hound dogs good for elderly owners?
Polish Hounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Polish Hound dogs get along with other pets? Are Polish Hound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Polish Hounds do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Polish Hound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Polish Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Polish Hound be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Polish Hound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Polish Hound be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Polish Hound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Polish Hound be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Polish Hound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Polish Hound be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Polish Hound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Polish Hound be a boat dog?
Not really
Polish Hound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Polish Hound be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Polish Hound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Polish Hound dogs have health problems?
Very healthy dog breed. The Polish Hound rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Polish Hound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Polish Hound be?
13-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Polish Hound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Polish Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Polish Hound have?
Polish Hounds are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Polish Hound dogs require per day?
Polish Hounds need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Polish Hounds don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Polish Hound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Polish Hound risk for obesity:
Average. The Polish Hound has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Polish Hound's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Polish Hound can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Polish Hound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Polish Hound drool?
The Polish Hound is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Polish Hound pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Polish Hound pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Polish Hound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Polish Hound have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Polish Hound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
1-14 puppies

Pros & Cons of Polish Hound

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Polish Hound's has great intelligence.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Watchdog Ability: Polish Hounds are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Polish Hounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Polish Hounds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Polish Hounds are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Polish Hounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cons
  • Trainability: Polish Hounds aren't famous for their trainability.
  • Hypoallergenic: Polish Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Polish Hounds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Polish Hound is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Polish Hounds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: Polish Hounds are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Polish Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Polish Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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