The Chart Polski is considered to be an archetype of sighthounds. He has a high urge to move, so he needs an owner who feels the same way. He does not get along well with other dogs, because he is a loner. However, he builds a close bond with his master.
The Chart Polski, also called Polish Greyhound, is a Polish dog breed of group 10 recognized by the FCI. The males grow up to 80 cm, the females up to 75 cm. Their weight is about 30 kg. The dog has a life expectancy of about 11 years. It is evenly proportioned and more muscular and stronger compared to other greyhounds. The breed is very robust and there are no known hereditary diseases. The Chart Polski has short, close-fitting hair that is finer on the belly and slightly longer on the tail and legs. His coat comes in all colors.
Towards other dogs the Chart Polski behaves self-confidently and courageously, which often makes socialization difficult. He should best be kept as the only dog. Towards humans, however, he shows a reserved nature. He behaves affectionately and patiently and binds himself closely to his master. Therefore, he is a dog that you can easily train with the right consistency. Only his innate hunting instinct must be controlled.
He has a lot of stamina and therefore needs sporty people who move a lot, regular walks are not enough. The Chart Polski is also suitable as a dressage or guard dog.
The right food
The Chart Polski is a strong, robust dog, which does not make different demands on the diet than other dog breeds. His diet should therefore be balanced and contain all the vital nutrients. Every dog should be fed according to the needs of its age and personal health. In addition, it is always good if the food is free of industrial additives.
Health & Care
The care of the Chart Polski is uncomplicated. He has no particularly common diseases. In addition, his short coat is very easy to care for. However, it is important that you brush him regularly. Especially on the legs, especially on the back of the hind legs. There his coat grows a little longer than on the rest of his body, so it needs more care.
The Chart Polski is a robust dog. That's why you need only the same accessories for him as for other dogs of his size. The most important thing for him is that you give him enough opportunities to satisfy his urge for movement.
Origin & History
The Chart Polski probably originated from a crossbreeding of the Asian sighthounds of the genus Salkui with native hunting dogs in Poland. The breed has existed almost unchanged for many centuries, although some crossbreeding happened in the 19th century. Since the 13th century it has almost the same characteristics as today. In the past, he was mainly a favorite dog of the nobility. That is why he often appeared in literature, especially hunting literature, and on numerous paintings.
In Poland it used to be used as a hunting dog for foxes, deer and even wolves, as it is one of the fastest land mammals. Even today, you can see from its powerful musculature and strong jaw that it was used for hunting in the harsh climate of Poland.
After the Chart Polski almost completely disappeared during the Second World War and only a few dogs survived, it has become increasingly popular since the 1970s.