FCI-Standard No 333/01.10.1999/GB
TRANSLATION: Mrs. Peggy Davis
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD: 01.10.1999
UTILIZATION: Hunting dog not only for hare, fox, roe-deer and
bustard, but also for the wolf.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 10 Sighthounds. Section 3 Short-haired
Sighthounds. Without working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:
The presence of the Chart Polski in
Poland is attested since the 13th century; this breed goes propably
back to Asiatic sighthound of Saluki type. The Borzoi being unknown
before the reign of Iwan the Terrible during the XVIth century, it
is impossible, as claimed by the Russian author Sabaniejew, that the
Chart Polski would be the result of interbreeding between the Greyhound
and the Borzoi. The mention of the Chart Polski in the literature,
especially the hunt-literature, is frequent and the iconographic representations
are noticeably unvarying. This uniform general appearance in drawings
and paintings proves, that, in spite of different interbreeding, the
original aspect of the breed has remained unchanged up to the end
of the XIXth century.
The Polish Greyhound is a dog of great size, powerful,
muscular, definitely stronger and less fine in shape than the other
short-haired sighthounds (he must not, however, be heavy nor lethargic).
In his appearance, he is similar to the Asiatic greyhound who is his
ancestor. The strong frame, the short coupled body, the distinctly
visible musculature and the powerful jaws show that this dog has been
used for hunting in the difficult conditions of the Polish climate.
The expressive eyes, with a lively and penetrating look, play an important
role in the general aspect of the Polish Greyhound.
The proportion of the length of the body in relation
to the height at the withers should be 10,2-10,3 : 10.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT:
The Polish Greyhound is self-assured, confident,
reserved and brave. When hunting he is fast, very skilful and untiring.
In action, he reacts quickly and brutally.
Strong, lean and long. The proportion of the length
of head in relation to the height at the withers is
- in the males 37-39 : 100
- in the females 36-38 : 100
The length of the muzzle in relation to the length of the skull is
1 : 1, but the muzzle may be slightly longer.
The proportion of the width of the head at the zygomatic arches´
level in relation to the length of the head is about 38 : 100.
The desirable proportion of the perimeter of the muzzle in front of
the eye sockets in relation to the length of the head is about 80
Skull: The upper part of the skull should be flat, the frontal
furrow slightly pronounced and of a desirable depth of 5 mm; frontal
bones and superciliary arches are lightly marked. The lateral lines
of the skull should blend in perfectly with the lateral lines of the
Stop: Naso-frontal depression very lightly marked.
Nose: Black or dark, large, projecting above the lips.
Muzzle: Strong, tapering towards the nose so gently that it does
not give the impression of being pointed, but of rather being blunt
for a sighthound. The position of the nose desirably somewhat below
the upper line of the muzzle. The upper lines of the muzzle and the
skull should be slightly divergent.
Lips: Lips fully defined, clean without excess, in the first
part of the muzzle, they may form a minor fold covering the pigmented
borders of the lower lip, but are never pendulous and do not hide
the lower jaw.
Jaws/Teeth: Jaws and teeth strong. Scissor bite, pincer bite
Eyes: Dark eyes desirable. According to the dog´s coat,
the iris of a shade going from dark brown to amber colour. Eyes are
expressive, rather large, set slightly oblique (almond-shaped). The
expression of the eyes must be characteristic: lively and penetrating.
Ears: Of medium size, quite narrow; when laid forward their
tips easily touch the inner angles of the eyes. Set at eye level.
The auricle of the ear has a relatively soft cartilage; the ears give
the impression of being quite fleshy.
Admitted ear carriage:
- Folded backwards, touching the neck,
- roof shape position,
- in a state of excitement, ears fully erect, or
with the tips slightly bent forward.
Long, muscular, powerful, oval in profile, rising
gently from the line of the withers. Head carriage rather high (the
Polish greyhound, at rest, carries the head slightly lower than the
In the free standing hound, the height at the withers
should be equal to the height at the summit of the croup.
Withers: Small, but marked
Topline: Straight in the thoracic part, gently arched in the
lumbar region. In the females an almost straight topline in the lumbar
region is not a fault.
Loin: Wide and muscular.
Croup: Oblique, gently slanting, long, muscular and wide; points
of hip bones wide apart, (the width between the hip bones represents
12-14 % of the height at the withers.)
Chest: Thoracic cage very spacious and well let down (the ideal
is a ribcage reaching the point of the elbow in the sternal region),
moderately wide seen from the front; the ribs should be well sprung
towards the rear, clearly arched but not barrel-shaped. Long ribs,
placed obliquely in relation to the spinal column. Sternum long.
Belly: Tucked up.
Feathered, long, strong at the base, at rest carried
low; the tip of the tail should be in the shape of a sickle curved
upwards or forming a complete ring. Sometimes, while at rest, the
tail may be hanging straight down, but never so excessively like a
cow´s tail. On the move, the tail may be carried higher, but
the base of the tail should not be carried higher than level of the
Forelegs long, lean, muscular, not too wide apart; seen from the front
Forearm: Long; the proportion of the distance from the point
of the elbow to the ground in relation to the height at the withers
should be of about 54 % and be balanced so that the hound does not
give the impression of being excessively high on the leg.
Pasterns (Metacarpus): Slightly oblique in relation to the
Forefeet: Oval; toes tight, well arched.
Long, muscular,quite well angulated, slightly standing towards the
back and set slightly wide, but definitely less so than in the Greyhound.
Seen from behind, the legs should be parallel.
Lower thigh: Long.
Hind feet: Oval, slightly longer than the front feet; toes
GAIT / MOVEMENT:
The movement must be flowing and energetic; the appropriate
angulation of the fore- and hindquarters allow an extension of the
leg forward in a long and ground covering stride at the walk as well
as the trot. The sighthounds led slowly may pace, but with acceleration
of the speed, they should get back to the normal diagonal movement.
The action of the hind legs is one of the characteristics; they can
be placed on a single straight line while on a slow trot, which is
not a fault.
Well fitting, elastic.
Coat springy to the touch, rather harsh, not "wired-haired"
but not silky either. Of variable lengths over all the body. On the
withers the coat may be longer, shorter on the sides; it is on the
sternum and the legs where it is the shortest. The hair on the abdomen
is more delicate, more sparce. At the buttock and along the whole
underside of the tail the hair is longest but still also harsh, forming
modest breeches and a brush.
All colours are permitted. Border of the eyelids and nose black or
dark; when the colour of the coat is lighter, i.e. blue or beige,
the nose is in relation blue or beige.
The ideal size
- for the female is of 68 - 75 cm at the withers,
- for the male is of 70 - 80 cm at the withers.
Subjects bigger than the ideal size are permitted, with the condition
that the typical morphology is maintained. A slightly smaller size
than that given in the standard is, however, not an eliminating fault
if, apart from that, the hound does not show any other faults.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be
considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should
be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
- Severe departure from the required relation between
height at the withers and length of the body.
- Fragile bone structure, weakness.
- Weak musculature or heaviness.
- Frontal part too convex.
- Frontal furrow too defined.
- Stop too pronounced.
- Nose fine, pointed.
- Nasal bridge too convex.
- Flews excessively developed.
- Weak jaws. Overshot- or undershot mouth; important
absence of teeth (with the exception of PM 1).
- Ears flat touching sides of the head.
- Short, fine; exaggerated high head carriage (as
in the Italian Greyhound) or exaggerated low head carriage (as in
- Back arching already from the thoracic vertebrae
- Lumbar region too convex
- Ribcage flat, not enough let down. Sternum short,
manubrium of the sternum receding so much that, when looking in profile,
it is not visible behind the edge of the shoulder.
- Completely curved over the back or carried sideways.
- Straight in shoulder.
- Out or in at the elbows.
- Feet turning out, deformed pads.
- Angulation too weak.
- Cow-hocked or barrel-shaped.
- Splayed feet.
- Thick, loose, not much elastic.
- Nose and rims of the eyelids of a pinky colour or
speckled, as well as lightening of the colour of the nose and rims
of eyelids in the coat colours other than blue and beige.
BEHAVIOUR / CHARACTER:
- Somnolence, exaggerated timidity, unfounded aggressiviness.
- Small eyes, lid aperture triangular.
N.B. : Male animals
should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the