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Features of the breed
History of Origin
The Gończy Polski was the result of a cross between French bloodhounds and local hunting dogs. The first mention of the breed dates back to the XIII century. A detailed description first appeared in hunting books in the nineteenth century.
The Polish Hunting Dog did not have much luck during World War II; almost all the purebred population was destroyed. The breed was restored thanks to the efforts of an ardent hunter, Colonel Jozef Pavlusiewicz.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
The Gończy Polski is a dog with a powerful extended body and muscular neck. The head is heavy, and the muzzle is long. The hound has a strong jaw. A characteristic feature is a pronounced transition from forehead to muzzle. The back, as well as the chest, is wide and long. The abdomen is slightly taut. The limbs are also muscular and strong. The tail is saber-shaped, long, low set.
The coat of the Polish Hunting Dog is dense, medium length, with a thick undercoat. The color is usually cheprak or black with tinges. There may be white spots of irregular shape on the chest, muzzle, and tail. The eyes are dark brown and oblique.
Gończy Polskis are energetic and tireless dogs for hunting. At home, they behave calmly and reservedly. It is a brilliant and unobtrusive dog that will not distract its owner from the business. The hound is friendly with people, sympathetic to children, and loves to play with them. But it is better not to leave it alone with small children.
The dog of this breed easily finds common ground with its relatives. The reason: the hound hunts in a group with other dogs. It treats other animals differently, depending on the character of the particular pet.
Like most hunting dogs, the Polish Hunting Dog is not suited to life in a city apartment. A mobile dog needs a lot of space and constant physical activity.
A short coat does not require special care. Wiping with a damp hand or towel once a week is enough to remove loose hairs. When the pet starts shedding, it is important to brush it with a medium-hard brush twice a week. You should bathe the four-legged dog rarely, once every 2-3 months. All for the sake of preserving the protective layer on the coat.
The Gończy Polski is a very capable dog that is easy to train. The dog is logical and quickly gets into the process. The main thing is not to be harsh with the pet and carry out various training with him. A playful format is ideal; this way, the dog will be more interesting and enjoyable to train. Don’t raise your pet’s voice or use brute force in any case. With a caring attitude, the dog will be obedient and learn the commands as quickly as possible.
Don’t forget that the four-legged one needs plenty of space and constant exercise. The Polish Hunting Dog is a born hunter. Accordingly, an important component will be its participation in a real hunt.
The Polish Hunting Dog is a dog with good health. Common diseases of this breed are as follows:
- dysplasia of the elbow joint;
- infectious eye diseases;
- intestinal problems.
The Gończy Polski is characterized by good health and immunity. To avoid the aforementioned diseases, keep an eye on your pet’s musculoskeletal system and consult a veterinarian if necessary. You should also not forget about the sensitivity of this breed to anesthesia.
Like all hounds, this dog needs an entirely healthy diet. Protein products should be an important component. It is also necessary to include vitaminized preparations, mineral supplements, and animal fats in the pet’s diet. These components are critical in winter when the dog’s body lacks vital vitamins.
The basis of the diet should be meat and dairy products. Gończy Polskis eat an average of 350-500 grams of meat per day. Do not forget about vegetables, cereals, and greens.