Polish Hunting

48-57 lbs
Gonczy Polski, Polish Scenthound
The Polish Hunting dog is an active dog, bred as the hunter's helper, and as such, has energy to burn. They are ideal for the active family or those that have an active lifestyle. For runners, cyclists, joggers or hikers, this dog is a loyal and trusted companion. They enjoy the company of children and are affectionate and kind as well as patient with young toddlers. The children can throw a ball all day and this dog will happily fetch it back for them. The Polish Hunting dog makes an ideal watchdog as they are wary of strangers, and have a startling loud bark that is in itself a deterrent. Intelligent and a reasonably quick learner, they respond well to training and to positive rewards. Adaptable house pets, they are best suited to a house with a large yard where they can roam and patrol. This canine needs to be socialized early in life to bring out their best qualities. They may chase other dogs in the open, so keep them on a leash. When raised with other dogs they get along well, but are not to be trusted around a cat unless they are raised together. This dog is attractive, has a solid, dependable temperament and they make a wonderful companion.
purpose Purpose
Hunting, Companion
history Date of Origin
14th Century
ancestry Ancestry
Polish Hound, Various Scent Hounds

Polish Hunting Health

Average Size
Male Polish Hunting size stats
Height: 22-23 inches Weight: 48-57 lbs
Female Polish Hunting size stats
Height: 20-22 inches Weight: 48-57 lbs
Major Concerns
  • None Known
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Health and Infection
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
Occasional Tests
  • Ear Examination
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Blood Chemistry
  • Ear Probe Examinations
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Polish Hunting Breed History

Hunting in Poland with scent hounds goes back as far as the 13th century where dogs helped the hunter to follow the big game through the deep forests. Nobility enjoyed hunting as a popular sport, as recorded during the 14th Century, and by the 17th century there were at least two types of Polish Scenthounds established. These were commonly known as the Polish 'brach', which was the heavier dog, and the other was the Polish Scenthound which was much lighter. After the first World War, the Polish Scenthound was still used for hunting, although their numbers had been affected by the long war. They were ideally built and bred for the difficult Polish mountains and arduous terrain. During the period of 1903 to 1979, a famous Polish cynologist named Josef Pawuslewich (who enjoyed hunting with Polish Scenthounds) became involved in developing the breed further. He wrote the first Breed Standard and through his involvement, the Polish Hunting dog was officially registered in the Polish Cynological Association. The Polish Hunting dog has strong bone structure but is not heavy; rather they are very mobile and can handle rugged mountainous conditions or regions. They were bred to hunt the deer and wild boar but were occasionally used to hunt the fox and the hare. They demonstrated a great work ethic and had the stamina to continue tracking the prey over many tortuous mountain trails. While they are not known as much outside their homeland, in Poland they are considered a rare dog and one who is valued for their scent tracking skills. They have a voice with a characteristic hound melody to alert the owner of their whereabouts but are otherwise they are quite a quiet dog who enjoys a good snuggle at the end of a busy day.

Polish Hunting Breed Appearance

The Polish Hunting dog is of medium height and has a compact athletic build. A noble looking dog, they possess a lithe but muscular build that enables them to perform in any rugged type of country. They have a wide deep chest built for endurance, and have a straight back with muscular limbs that end in strong thick paws, which is ideal for rocky terrain. A thick neck supports an elegant elongated head and muzzle, black nose and dark brown warm eyes with a gentle expression. Their faces are attractive and almost wise in appearance, perhaps due to the influence of their long floppy ears and a serene expression. They have a short coarse haircoat that has a softer undercoat that covers their body, although it is silky in texture on their head and ears. While this dog looks gentle and calm, they are truly courageous and come from a history of taking on the wildest country terrain and conditions, to hunt big game for their master. Their coat is an attractive black and tan, red and black or brown and tan.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Polish Hunting eyes
amber Polish Hunting eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Polish Hunting nose
brown Polish Hunting nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Polish Hunting coat
red Polish Hunting coat
fawn Polish Hunting coat
brown Polish Hunting coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Polish Hunting straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Polish Hunting Breed Maintenance

The Polish Hunting dog is easy to maintain, rarely needing a brushing or a bath. They are average shedders, so you will just need to give a good brushing once a week or every second week to keep this dog looking good. They have a water-resistant coat, so they should not be bathed often as it can remove the valuable oil that protects them. If you do bathe them, use a very mild dog shampoo to protect this coating. A rub down with a damp cloth is often all they require. If they are used as a hunting dog, check their feet and legs for thorns or burrs that can cause them pain and remove gently. Swab with a sterilizing solution afterward. Also, check their ears out for dirt or debris, which can rapidly cause infection. Otherwise, they will just require a teeth brushing and nail trim to keep them ready for action.
Brushes for Polish Hunting
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Polish Hunting requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Polish Hunting Temperament

The Polish Hunting dog is said to be brave, gentle, courageous and have a solid stable temperament. They adapt well to family life, being kind and gentle with children and affectionate to all family members. The Polish Scenthound doesn't respond well to rough play so teach children to respect the dog and not to bite or pull at your dog. Always supervise children and dogs, regardless of the breed. Having been bred to be a working dog in the mountainous regions of Poland, they have a natural energy that needs an outlet. This canine is best with an active family, as they will join in all activities. They are a tireless, devoted companion. They are trainable and are keen to please their owners, but respond best to kindness and thoughtful lessons. They don't respond well to harsh training methods. Vary the lessons to retain their interest, and offer small rewards for work well done. The Polish Hunting dog is not an aggressive dog but will be wary of strangers or visitors. They make a natural watchdog and do not miss much at all that is happening in their domain.

Polish Hunting Activity Requirements

The Polish Hunting dog is an active dog and will require a daily walk or two each day if they are not a working or hunting dog. They make a great walking or running companion, although keep them on a leash in case they catch a whiff of something interesting. They can take off and forget about you if they aren't restrained. Family games will be enthusiastically welcomed, and they love water so swimming is social entertainment for this dog. Flexible and able to manage difficult terrain without hesitation, they can make a great hiking buddy if not a hunting companion. They pick up new tricks in training quickly if you are patient and use kind commands and offer a reward treat or two. They are best in a home with a fenced yard where they can explore with the children, play games, or just chill out and relax.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
20 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes
activity minutes

Polish Hunting Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00
food bag monthly cost

Polish Hunting Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Polish Hunting size stats at six months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 15.0 lbs
Female Polish Hunting size stats at six months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Polish Hunting size stats at 12 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 30.0 lbs
Female Polish Hunting size stats at 12 months
Height: 14.0 inches Weight: 28.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Polish Hunting size stats at 18 months
Height: 21.5 inches Weight: 51.0 lbs
Female Polish Hunting size stats at 18 months
Height: 20.0 inches Weight: 51.0 lbs

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