Polish Greyhound
A male Polish Greyhound
Other namesPolish Sighthound
Chart Polski (Polish)
Polnischer Windhund (German)
Height 27-32 inches (68-81 centimeters)
Weight 60-70 pounds (27-31 kilograms)
Kennel club standards
Fédération Cynologique Internationale standard
Dog (domestic dog)

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


The first records for the existence of greyhounds in Poland come from the times of Gallus Anonymus. Polish Greyhounds have also been referenced in hunting literature and artwork since the 13th century.[4][5] Thought to have the same ancestors as the Hortaya Borzaya and Borzoi, the Polish Greyhound was originally bred to hunt great bustards and wolves.[6] The Polish Greyhound was considered the favorite dog of the Polish nobility.[7]

The impact of World War II in Poland led to reduced numbers of Polish Greyhounds.[8] In the 1970s, a group of fanciers, led by Stanisław Czerniakowski, sought to revive the breed and established a studbook in 1981.[citation needed] In 1989, the breed was entered in the register of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).[citation needed]


Like many sighthounds, the Polish Greyhound has long legs and a slim, muscular build. Fur color varies among the breed, with the most common colors being black, tan, blue, and beige.[citation needed] They are double coated, with a rough undercoat that thickens in the winter to provide insulation.[citation needed] The Polish Greyhound's tail is long and sickle-shaped, curving upward at the end.[9] On average, males tend to be between 27–32 inches tall, while females range from 26–30 inches tall.[5][10] The average weight of a Polish Greyhound is between 60–70 lbs.[citation needed]


A grey and white Polish Greyhound

Protective and territorial, they tend to be affectionate with their owners but reserved around strangers.[11]

See also


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  2. ^ Mehus-Roe, Kristin (4 October 2011). Original Dog Bible: The Definitive Source for All Things Dog. i5 Publishing. ISBN 9781935484899. Retrieved 21 August 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Dia 1" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  4. ^ Biologia. Multimedialna encyklopedia PWN Edycja 2.0. pwn.pl Sp. z o.o., 2008. ISBN 978-83-61492-24-5.
  5. ^ a b Mehus-Roe, Kristin (October 4, 2011). Original Dog Bible. Fox Chapel Publishing. p. 562. ISBN 9781935484899.
  6. ^ The Complete Dog Breed Book. DK Publishing. March 17, 2020. p. 131. ISBN 9780744022346.
  7. ^ Multimedialna Encyklopedia Powszechna WIEM edycja 2006. Young Digital Poland S.A., 2006.
  8. ^ Day®, National Purebred Dog (2019-01-31). "A Snippet of Chart Polski History". National Purebred Dog Day®. Retrieved 2023-12-31.
  9. ^ "Polish Greyhound". DogsPlanet.com. December 30, 2023. Retrieved December 30, 2023.
  10. ^ "Breed Standards : Chart Polski (Polish Greyhound) | United Kennel Club (UKC)". www.ukcdogs.com. Retrieved 2023-12-31.
  11. ^ Resler, Tamara J.; Weitzman, Gary (September 3, 2019). Dog Breed Guide. National Geographic. p. 125. ISBN 9781426334450.