Country of OriginPoland
Nicknames and Other NamesOgar Polski
Scientific NameCanis Lupus Familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupScenthound Group
Bred ForHunting Big Game with their Scent
Recognized ByFCI
Life Span13-14 Years
Ideal WeightMale: 62.5 Pounds
Female: 57.5 Pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 23 Inches
Female: 21 Inches
Fur TypeThick, Hard, Smooth
Common ColorsBlack and Tan, Brown and Tan,
Red and Black
MarkingsWhite Markings
AvailabilityCommonly Available
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToBeagle

Polish Hound which is also commonly known as Ogar Polsky is a hunting dog. It is a medium built, strong, sleek dog breed with a powerful bone structure. They have large ears that are hanging by the cheek and a nose that has a keen sense of smell.

It makes a great family pet for an experienced dog owner in a house with an open space. They are not at all suitable for a novice dog owner who cannot handle them the right way and cannot meet their energy level.

Origin and History

Polish Hound was originated in Poland as a scenthound. It was first described in a book named ‘The beginnings of the natural history and farming of the national domestic and wild animals’ by Krzysztof Kluk in 1779. It is believed that the Polish Hound was bred by crossbreeding St Hubert Hound with the local hounds.

After World War II, Polish Hound almost got extinct but was revived by two colonels. Colonel Josef Pawuslewizc developed a light-boned hound known as Gonczy Polski whereas Colonel Piotr Kartwik developed heavy-boned Ogar Polski which is also known as the Polish Hound.

The FCI recognized Polish Hounds as a scenthound in 1966.

Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of the Polish Hound is calm, affectionate, intelligent, and protective. They are an ideal family pet due to their loving, sweet yet protective nature. With family, they are loving and playful but around strangers, they are suspicious. They make a great watchdog that will look after your family.

Behavior: Polish Hound is known for its excellent sense of smell. Sometimes it can go far from tracking some interesting scent that its nose catches. So, to avoid getting your dog lost for a long time, keep it in a fenced yard or on a leash.

Polish Hound on a hike
Polish Hound on a hike.
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Personality: The personality of the Polish Hound is calm, gentle, courageous, and smart. They are a gentle and calm dog that gets along with their family as well as other pets in the house. They are brave and also smart dog breed that is easy to train.


Polish Hound is not a difficult dog to train as they are smart and quick at catching new commands and instruction. They get bored with the same trick repeatedly, so it is necessary to challenge them physically and mentally from time to time.

Use positive reinforcement as a method of training by rewarding them with delicious treats and lots of vocal praises. This will keep them motivated and focused on the training session.

Is Polish Hound Child-Friendly?

Polish Hound gets along with children very well due to their loving and playful nature. They make great playmates for kids but due to their high energy, it might cause accidents with small kids. Therefore, they are suitable for older children than small kids. Always supervise their interaction when they are playing.

A baby with Polish Hound
A baby with Polish Hound.
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  • The voice of the Polish Hound is frequently described as deep and pure which makes them a great hunting dog.
  • Polish Hound has not yet been recognized by major kennel clubs like the American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Bloat, Obesity
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Coronavirus, Kennel Cough,
Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingAverage Drooler
GroomingAverage Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 25%
Fat: 8%
Digestie Enzymes

Polish Hound is prone to a few of the following possible canine health problems:

  • Bloat: When the belly of your dog looks like a balloon, it is due to bloat. It is caused due to the excessive gas produced after eating which disturb the muscles of the digestive system.
  • Hip Dysplasia: It is a condition where the hip joints of your dog are either not developed properly or dislocated from its original place. It causes difficulties in moving from one place to another due to the sharp pain on the back and lameness.


Polish Hound comes in the combination of the following colors:

  • Black
  • Tan
  • Red
  • Brown


Polish Hound Puppy playing
Polish Hound Puppy playing.
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Cost: The average cost of the Polish Hound Puppy is between $500-$700 USD.


Height: The average height of the Polish Hound is between 21.5-23.5 inches.

Weight: The average weight of the Polish Hound is between 55-62 pounds.

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