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.

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OriginPoland flagPoland
Other Names
What other names does the Polish Hunting Dog have?
Gonczy PolskiPolish Scenthound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Polish Hunting Dog Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Polish Hunting Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Polish Hunting Dog in the United States? How much money is a Polish Hunting Dog?

Where to buy a Polish Hunting Dog with a good pedigree?

$600-$800
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.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Polish Hunting Dog? How many Polish Hunting Dog are there in the world?
Average: The Polish Hunting Dog is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Polish Hunting Dog Size

Size
Is a Polish Hunting Dog small, medium or large dog?

How big do Polish Hunting Dog get?

What is the average size of a Polish Hunting Dog?

Large
Weight
How much does the Polish Hunting Dog weigh? How much should a Polish Hunting Dog weight? What is the normal weight of a Polish Hunting Dog? How much does a full-grown Polish Hunting Dog weight?
Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 44-57 pounds (20-26 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Polish Hunting Dog?
Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 50.5 pounds (23 kg)
Height
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)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Polish Hunting Dog?
Male: 22–26 inches (55–66 cm), Female: 20–24 inches (50–61 cm)

Polish Hunting Dog Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Polish Hunting Dog have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Waterproof
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Polish Hunting Dog's coat?
TanBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Polish Hunting Dog and how often? How often should I take my Polish Hunting Dog to the groomer?
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 Gonczy Polski? Do Polish Hunting Dog dogs shed a lot?
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 you give a Polish Hunting Dog a bath? Can I bathe my Polish Hunting Dog every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and 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.

Polish Hunting Dog Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Polish Hunting Dog have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
BraveGentleStableCourageousIntelligentTrainableDocile
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Polish Hunting Dog? Is the Polish Hunting Dog breed dumb or smart?
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 the first command 85% of the time or better.

The Polish Hunting Dog is one of the top breeds in the dog intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Polish Hunting Dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Polish Hunting Dog?
Polish Hunting Dogs are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Polish Hunting Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in 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? Is a Polish Hunting Dog a good family dog?
Average to High: Polish Hunting Dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Gonczy Polski 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.
Barking
Do Polish Hunting Dog dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Gonczy 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 the same barks could have different meanings.

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 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 its 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 Gonczy Polski? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Polish Hunting Dog? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

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? What is the bite force of a Polish Hunting Dog? How much bite force does a Polish Hunting Dog have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Polish Hunting Dog bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a 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.

Mouthiness
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? Can you have a Polish Hunting Dog in an apartment?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Polish Hunting Dog breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Polish Hunting Dog indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
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
How long can a Polish Hunting Dog be left alone? How long can you leave a Polish Hunting Dog 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.

Polish Hunting Dog Good With

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.
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.
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? Can the Polish Hunting Dog breed live with a cat?
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?
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? Is Polish Hunting Dog breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Polish Hunting Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
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?
No
Polish Hunting Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
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 Gonczy Polski temperament with senior people? Are Polish Hunting Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Polish Hunting Dogs are commonly okay with elderly people.

Polish Hunting Dog Health

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?
Rare
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? 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?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Polish Hunting Dog?

How long is the lifespan of a Polish Hunting Dog?

9-13 years
The average lifespan of Polish Hunting Dog: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Polish Hunting Dog breed hypoallergenic?
No
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. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Polish Hunting Dog need? How much exercise do Polish Hunting Dog dogs require per day?

Do Polish Hunting Dog dogs need a lot of exercises?

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 the Polish Hunting Dog breed 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.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Polish Hunting Dog need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Polish Hunting Dog breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Polish Hunting Dog? How much food should I feed my Polish Hunting Dog?
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 and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

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.

Polish Hunting Dog As a Working Dog

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 is 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 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

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Polish Hunting Dog be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Polish Hunting Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor 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.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

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.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Polish Hunting Dog dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Polish Hunting Dog Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Polish Hunting Dog pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Polish Hunting Dog breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

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 in a litter? How many puppies can the Polish Hunting Dog breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Polish Hunting Dog have? How many puppies can a Polish Hunting Dog give birth to?
4-8 puppies

Polish Hunting Dog Recognition

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.

Polish Hunting Dog Pros and Cons

Pros
  • 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.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Polish Hunting Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Polish Hunting Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Polish Hunting Dog breed.
  • 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.

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.

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Polish Hunting Dog Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • AG Poland

    Feb 14, 2020, 7:22:46 PM:

    It is a super good and beautiful dog!