Polish Greyhound, Chart Polski

The Polish Greyhound is a large short-haired sighthound. It is believed to be related to the ancient Asiatic sighthounds of Saluki, Azawakh, and Sloughi (Arabian Greyhound) type. These breeds have a close genetic relationship and are named sighthounds because they have better eyesight than other breeds. For centuries, the Polish Greyhound has been used for hunting hare, fox, deer, and wolf. For centuries, it has been valued for its courage, endurance, and speed. The history of this symbol of wealthy landowners dates back to 13th century Poland. The breed is rare outside Poland.

Polish Greyhound, Chart Polski
Photo courtesy of D'otchoa

According to the breed standard, the ideal height at the shoulders should be between 23 and 31.5 inches. The springy, harsh coat varies in length throughout the body. All colors are accepted. The Chart has a good bone structure, rugged feet, and thick skin and coat to protect him against tough climates.

Besides being a brave and relentless hunter, the Polish Greyhound makes a loving and loyal pet, but is wary of strangers and will not hesitate to bare its teeth at the intruder. He enjoys long walks and needs considerable space to achieve its full potential during the growing period, but the exercise needs of an adult Chart are rather low. Occasionally, he enjoys bursting into gallop, but, like all greyhounds, he gets tired rather quickly. This breed requires firm and consistent training as it can be rather stubborn and even unmanageable. The Polish Greyhound has a fairly strong prey instinct and should not be trusted around small animals and pets, unless raised with them as a puppy. This breed can be rather dominant and is not recommended for timid dog owners. (Adapted from FCI standard #333)

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