Polish Hunting Dog Information & Dog Breed Facts
Collection of all the general dog breed info about Polish Hunting Dog so you can get to know the breed more.
Other Names |
What other names does the Polish Hunting Dog have? The dog breed also known as...
|Polish Scenthound, Gończy Polski|
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group |
Is Polish Hunting Dog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
|Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.|
FCI Group |
Is Polish Hunting Dog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
|Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.|
How much does the Polish Hunting Dog 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 Hunting Dog price:
If you choose to purchase the Polish Hunting Dog, 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 Hunting Dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Polish Hunting Dog gets to a happy place.
Polish Hunting Dog History
The Polish Hunting Dog probably dates back to the 11th century when a Polish chronicler wrote about gun dogs and hunting with hounds. It is also known that in 1420 hunting with hounds was so extensive that King Wladislaus II Jagiello forbade hare hunting or cropland.
But it was only in the 1600s that someone described them in a written form. It was Count Jan Ostroróg, who wrote a book about hunting called Myślistwo z ogary (Hunting with Hounds), and this was the earliest material about hunting and breeding Polish Hounds. Being a member of the Polish nobility, Ostroróg was familiar with both hunting and hounds. Later, an accurate description of Polish hounds was made in the 1900s by a Russian author, S.F. Dawidow. At that time working with these types of dogs was a privilege that only the upper class had. Dawidow mentioned two kinds of hounds, the Ogar (later called the Lithuanian Ogar) and a small hound that was frequently found. Both types had a mainly black coat with reddish-brown and white patches. In the same year another Russian author, wrote about three types of hounds, a large, median, and a small-sized. The medium-sized dog, in which we recognize the Gończy Polski (the Polish hunting dog).
However, according to experts, the breed can be traced back to various Hounds, Pointer, and Mastiff breeds. In 1907, F.B. Laska wrote that Polish hounds are descendants of the Hound of the Tatars (also known as the Kostroma Hound or Russian Hound), a type of dog which was introduced by the Tatars to the European parts in the Middle Ages. On the other side, some historians disagree and believe that the St. Hubert Hound (thought to be the ancestor of the Bloodhound) was involved in the development of the Polish hounds. It is also suggested that in the Middle ages, Bloodhounds were exported to Poland, where they were crossbred with the local hounds, though there is no concrete evidence to prove any of these suggestions.
Back then hunting was one of the favorite pastimes and the Polish Hunting Dog derives many complimentary reviews in Poland’s book for hunters. The territory of the country also favored the hunters’ situation as it was completely covered with dense forests. Hunting with Polish hounds flourished after World War I, especially in eastern Poland and the southern mountains but Word War II had a terrible effect on this breed as well as on any other ones. After the war was finally over, Polish breeders initiated attempts to re-build the number of the breed and set its standard. During the 1950s, Józef Pawuślwicz, the famous Polish dog expert made a visible contribution in the reaction of the former importance of the Polish Hunting Dog in its homeland. Just like his father and grandfather he hunted with hounds and bred them. In his breeding program and he predominantly used dogs from the southeastern areas of Poland, mainly in the Bieszczady mountains, close to the Ukrainian border.
Although hounds have been around in Poland for centuries, the Polish Hunting Dog has existed in an official way only since 1983 when it was standardized. In 2006, at the occasion of the World Dog Show in Poznan, Poland, the breed was provisionally recognized by the FCI, the Polish dog world was delighter.
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Polish Hunting Dog size:
How much does the Polish Hunting Dog weigh? Polish Hunting Dog 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 Hunting Dog? Polish Hunting Dog average weight:
|Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 50.5 pounds (23 kg)|
How tall is the Polish Hunting Dog? Polish Hunting Dog height:
|Male: 22–26 inches (55–66 cm), Female: 20–24 inches (50–61 cm)|
Avg. Height |
What is the average height of this fido? Polish Hunting Dog average height:
|Male: 22–26 inches (55–66 cm), Female: 20–24 inches (50–61 cm)|
Coat / Hair Types |
What type of coat does the Polish Hunting Dog have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Polish Hunting Dog's coat?
How to groom the Polish Hunting Dog and how often?
Effortless: The Polish Hunting Dog requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Polish Hunting Dog is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level |
How much do Polish Hunting Dog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Polish Scenthound? Polish Hunting Dog shedding level:
Polish Hunting Dogs 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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency |
How often does the Polish Hunting Dog need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Polish Hunting Dog every day?
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.
What kind of personality does the Polish Hunting Dog have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank |
How smart is the Polish Hunting Dog? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Polish Hunting Dog is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 85% of the time or better.
Are Polish Hunting Dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Polish Hunting Dogs are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
How playful is this breed?
Polish Hunting Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level |
How sensitive are they? Polish Hunting Dog sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Polish Hunting Dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level |
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Polish Hunting Dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs |
How much social interaction does the Polish Scenthound need? Polish Hunting Dog social needs:
Polish Hunting Dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Do Polish Hunting Dog dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Gończy Polski bark?
Average to high: The Polish Hunting Dog is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. 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 Hunting Dog good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Polish Hunting Dogs 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 Hunting Dog dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial |
Do Polish Hunting Dog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Polish Hunting Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Polish Hunting Dog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Polish Hunting Dog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential |
Do Polish Hunting Dog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Polish Scenthound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Polish Hunting Dog? Why do dog bites happen?
The Polish Hunting Dog 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.)
Bite Force |
Does the Polish Hunting Dog has a hard bite?
|Between 200 and 400 PSI|
Ordinary: Average dogs have bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Polish Hunting Dog, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Polish Hunting Dog do?
Polish Hunting Dogs have a higher than 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 Hunting Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam |
How likely is the Polish Hunting Dog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Polish Hunting Dog roam?
Polish Hunting Dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has 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. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive |
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Polish Hunting Dog have high prey drive?
Polish Hunting Dogs 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 Hunting Dog dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly |
Is Polish Hunting Dog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem lakásbarát kutya Polish Hunting Dog. Ha nincs kerted, akkor jól gondold át a döntésedet, sok gondot okozhat Polish Hunting Dog tartása lakásban.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Polish Hunting Dogs 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?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog |
Where Polish Hunting Dog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
|Not really |
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Polish Hunting Dog temperament with other people:
Polish Hunting Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly |
Are Polish Hunting Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Polish Hunting Dog temperament with children:
Polish Hunting Dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly |
How well do Polish Hunting Dog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Polish Hunting Dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly |
Is Polish Hunting Dog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Polish Hunting Dog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Polish Hunting Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is Polish Hunting Dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Polish Hunting Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog |
Are they good as service dogs? Can Polish Hunting Dog be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
|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 Hunting Dog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog |
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Polish Hunting Dog be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Polish Hunting Dog be an emotional support animal?
|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 Hunting Dog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog |
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Polish Hunting Dog 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 Hunting Dog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Office Friendly |
Are Polish Hunting Dogs good office dogs? Do Polish Hunting Dogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Polish Hunting Dogs be office dogs?
Polish Hunting Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) |
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Polish Hunting Dog 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 Hunting Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Senior Citizens Friendly |
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Polish Hunting Dog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Polish Scenthound temperament with senior people? Are Polish Hunting Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Polish Hunting Dogs are commonly okay with elderly people.
Boat Dog |
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Polish Hunting Dog be a boat dog?
|Not really |
Polish Hunting Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Pet Friendly |
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Polish Hunting Dog dogs get along with other pets? Are Polish Hunting Dog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Polish Hunting Dogs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Polish Hunting Dog 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 Hunting Dog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Health Issues |
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Polish Hunting Dog dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Polish Hunting Dog rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Veterinarian Visits |
How often does the Polish Hunting Dog breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Polish Hunting Dog see the vet?
The Polish Hunting Dog should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy |
How long do Polish Hunting Dog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Polish Hunting Dog be? What is the age limit of the Polish Hunting Dog? How many years can the oldest Polish Hunting Dog live?
Is the Polish Hunting Dog breed hypoallergenic?
Polish Hunting Dogs 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 Hunting Dog have? What is the activity level of the Polish Hunting Dog?
Polish Hunting Dogs are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need |
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Polish Hunting Dog dogs require per day?
Polish Hunting Dogs need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily 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 Hunting Dogs 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 Hunting Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
|2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.|
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity |
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Polish Hunting Dog risk for obesity:
Average. The Polish Hunting Dog 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 Hunting Dog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
|Tolerates warm and cold weather.|
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Polish Hunting Dog 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 Hunting Dog drool?
The Polish Hunting Dog 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.
Gestation Length |
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
Reproductive cycle of the female Polish Hunting Dog: 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 female 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 female’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.
|Litter Frequency||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 Hunting Dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
Polish Hunting Dog Pros & Cons
- Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Polish Hunting Dog is an excellent dog breed.
- Trainability: Polish Hunting Dogs are very easy to train.
- Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
- Grooming: Effortless: The Polish Hunting Dog requires minimal grooming.
- Watchdog Ability: Polish Hunting Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
- Adaptability: Polish Hunting Dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
- Hypoallergenic: Polish Hunting Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
- Apartment Friendly: Nem lakásbarát kutya Polish Hunting Dog.
- Mouthiness: Polish Hunting Dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
- Impulse to Wander or Roam: Polish Hunting Dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
- Cat Friendly: Polish Hunting Dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.
- Office Friendly: Polish Hunting Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
- Good For First Time Owners: Polish Hunting Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
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- AG Poland
Feb 14, 2020, 7:22:46 PM:
It is a super good and beautiful dog!