While the Ogar Polski was developed as a hunting dog, they have a gentle intelligent nature. They make great pets and get on well with children, and with pets within the household. Their loyalty can border on being protective so they make an ideal household guard. No one will sneak past this dog with their super sniffing abilities. They are not an aggressive dog, but are serious by nature. Because of their strong hunting instincts this dog needs a good walk each day to keep them fit and happy. The country lifestyle is perfect for the Polski, but a home in the city is fine as long as they have a good secure yard to roam around in. An apartment is probably just pushing the limits of this dog, they do need a bit of space to keep them busy and they have a loud distinctive bark if they get upset. The Ogar Polski is easy to train, being eager to please and very intelligent; they remember the lessons and need fewer repetitions to enable them to learn. Beautiful, affectionate, playful and a lovely temperament, the Ogar Polski is a great option for a companion or working dog.
The Ogar Polski is a dog that is rarely known outside of their Polish homeland. The first records of the Polish Hound are those found in the 17th Century. A book titled Hunting with the Hounds writes about this medium to large breed as being tenacious at hunting. Also described is the way the dog 'sings' to their master to tell them they have cornered their prey. In 1907, F.B Laska describe them as being descendants from the Kostroma Hound (the Hounds of Tartar). Other historians report that the Ogar Polski was developed by cross breeding Bloodhounds imported to Poland in the Middle Ages with their local dogs. The Second World War resulted in a massive decline in the dog's numbers, and the breed was feared to be heading for extinction. An attempt to revive the breed led to the forming of two types of the dog: the light boned variety bred by Colonel Josef Pawlusiewicz and the heavier boned dog bred by Colonel Piotr Kartawik, recognized as the Ogar Polski by the Federation Cynologique Internationale in 1966. Weighing up to 71 pounds and standing 24 inches in height, the Ogar Polski is a solid and strong dog. They can handle difficult terrain and have impressive endurance and stamina. This dog is an obedient dog and one who readily showers their master with affection. Efforts are still being made to save this lovely dog from extinction. They are a breed that has a lot in their favor and this loyal canine deserves a happy future.
The Ogar Polski will need frequent long walks, and will enjoy hiking or a run with their owner to keep them fit. They are an active dog who likes to be doing something during the day to keep them busy. As a hunter's dog, they have great stamina and work ethic, and enjoy roaming the countryside in pursuit of their prey. But at home, they are a gentle pooch, who is kind and calm with children, and they will happily join in the family games. They suit a country lifestyle or a home with a large secure yard. They love to investigate and will follow their nose anywhere there is an interesting smell, so keep them on the leash to prevent them taking off when out walking. The Ogar Polski is a solid, muscular dog who enjoys a good daily outing.