Polish Greyhound

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Polish Greyhound
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A male Polish Greyhound
Other namesPolish Sighthound
Chart Polski (Polish)
Classification / standards
FCI Group 10, Section 3 Short-haired Sighthounds #333 standard
CKC Miscellaneous [? standard]
The CKC Miscellaneous List is for breeds working towards full CKC recognition.
UKC Sighthound & Pariah standard
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Polish Greyhound (Polish: chart polski, pronounced [xart ˈpɔlskʲi]) is a Polish sighthound breed. It is known as the Polish Greyhound, although it is not a direct relative of the Greyhound dog.[1][2][3]


The first records about the existence of greyhounds in Poland come from the times of Gall Anonim.[4] 12th century [5] or 13th century is considered the beginnings of the race's existence. Originally, these dogs were used for hunting birds - Great bustards. The Polish Greyhound was the favorite dog of the Polish nobility.[6]

After World War II, breeding of this breed disappeared.[4] Hunting with greyhounds was forbidden, and greyhound dogs were liquidated. Their keeping and breeding has been covered with a special permit, this provision still applies. From the 70s of the twentieth century began to reproduce the breed. Contemporary Polish Greyhound breeding was started by Stanisław Czerniakowski, who bought two females - Taiga and Struska and one dog - Elbrus in the vicinity of Rostov-on-Don. From the association of Taiga and Elbrus the first litter of Polish greyhounds was born.[7]

In 1989, the breed was entered in the register of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).


Polish Greyhounds have short, smooth fur that comes in many colors. The coat is somewhat heavier than a Greyhound's. They have an undercoat that gets thicker in the winter. Polish Greyhounds have a long brush on the tail and have culottes at the rear of the thighs. The average Polish Greyhound weighs about 60 - 90  pounds, and ranges from 27–32 inches tall. The Chart Polski has a smooth double coat, regardless of season, which is harsh to the touch while offering excellent insulation. The breed is a persistent hunter, with a long muscular neck, unlike the greyhound, and the head is carried high. Large almond eyes are set in a slant, and the points of the hip bones are wide apart. The hind legs move closer together when the dog is moving at a short trot: this is called "lacing".[citation needed]


  1. ^ DK (17 October 2013). "The Dog Encyclopedia: The Definitive Visual Guide". Dorling Kindersley Limited. Retrieved 21 August 2018 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Mehus-Roe, Kristin (4 October 2011). "Original Dog Bible: The Definitive Source for All Things Dog". i5 Publishing. Retrieved 21 August 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Dia 1" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  4. ^ a b Biologia. Multimedialna encyklopedia PWN Edycja 2.0. pwn.pl Sp. z o.o., 2008. ISBN 978-83-61492-24-5.
  5. ^ Multimedialna Encyklopedia Powszechna WIEM edycja 2006. Young Digital Poland S.A., 2006.
  6. ^ Multimedialna Encyklopedia Powszechna WIEM edycja 2006. Young Digital Poland S.A., 2006.
  7. ^ Małgorzata Szmurło, Izabela Szmurło Chart polski


  • Eva Maria Krämer: Rasy psów. Warszawa: Oficyna Wydawnicza MULTICO, 1998, s. 294. ISBN 83-7073-122-8.

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