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History The history of the Chart Polski can be traced back to the 12th century, when hunting with sighthounds and falcons was considered a popular sport among the elite in Poland. The Chart Polski was bred for hunting fox, deer, hare, and wolves. Also known as the Polish Sighthound, the Chart Polski is a descendant of Asiatic sighthounds. Dogs of this breed were first described in writing during the 1600s. Paintings from the 1800s also depict these dogs.
A large number of these dogs were lost during the World Wars and other turbulent events in Poland. There were only few purebred dogs that remained in Poland by the time 1974 rolled around. During that time, Izabella Szmurlo and Dr. Malgorzata began reviving the breed. In 1981, the Polish Kennel Club bestowed recognition on the breed, and in 1989, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognized the Chart Polski as well. On the 20th of May 1991, the first ever American bred litter of Chart Polski was born in Maryland.
Appearance The Chart Polski looks similar to other sighthounds, although according to the standard, dogs of this breed are less fine in shape and are stronger than other sighthounds that are short-coated. The Chart Polski has a powerful body, but does not appear to be stocky or heavy. These dogs have powerful jaws and distinct musculature that give them the appearance of being used for hunting in difficult weather conditions and rough terrain. They have expressive eyes with a penetrating and lively look. The coat of these dogs is substantially heavier than the coat of a Greyhound. Another characteristic of the Chart Polski that makes it different from other sighthounds is the movement of its hind legs, which move close together and appear to be trotting rather than walking. The hair on the underside of the dog's tail, along the back and withers, and on the back of the thighs happen to be longer than the hair on the rest of the dog's body.
Colours There are no preferred coat colours for these dogs. They can come in red, blue, black, white, light sand, red fawn, brindle, sable, and domino. They can also have the colour combination black and tan, blue and tan, tri-colour, and parti-colour.
Temperament Compared to other sighthounds, Chart Polskis are more obedient. These dogs are brave and confident. They make excellent hunting dogs because they are fast and skillful when searching and tackling prey. Dogs of this breed are calm and easy to cope with, making them great companions. These dogs get along well with children, although younger children should not be left alone in the company of these dogs.
Weight Chart Polskis have a height that falls between 27 and 32 inches and a weight that ranges from 60 to 70 pounds.
Problems Dogs of this breed have no recorded genetic health issues.
Living Conditions These dogs should not be kept in kennels and should be provided with a space, where they can run and play. It's also important for these dogs to be given enough time with their family because they need human companionship.
Requirements As with other dog breeds, Chart Polskis need to be taken out for long walks daily to satisfy their primal instinct to walk. It would also be good for these dogs to be provided with an area where they can run around and play.
Training Requirements These dogs should be trained using firm but gentle methods. Being an intelligent breed, the Chart Polski is fairly easy to train. It's still important for owners to provide these dogs with sufficient socialization at a young age so they will grow up to be well-mannered.
Life Expectancy Dogs of this breed are expected to live for approximately 12 to 15 years.
Grooming Brushing these dogs occasionally is enough to keep their coat healthy. Bathing these dogs should be done only when necessary.
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