Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Polish Greyhound

(Chart Polski)

Polish Greyhound

(Chart Polski)


ORIGIN

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FCI
Poland.

PUBLISHED

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01.10.1999.

UTILISATION

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Hunting dog not only for hare, fox, roe-deer and bustard, but also for the wolf.

CLASSIFICATION

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Group 10Sighthounds
Section 3Short-haired Sighthounds
Without working trial

UKC
Sighthound/Pariah

TRANSLATION

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Mrs.Peggy Davis.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The presence of the Chart Polski in Poland is attested since the 13th century; this breed goes probably back to Asiatic sighthounds 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.
UKC
The Chart Polski is an ancient, short haired sighthound. Its presence in Poland has been attested to in literature since the 13th Century. The breed probably originated from the Asiatic sighthounds that were of Saluki type. The breed was historically used for hunting hare, fox, roe-deer, bustard and wolf. The Chart Polski was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
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.
UKC
The Polish Greyhound is a dog of great size and commanding appearance, definitely stronger, more muscular and heavier boned than the other short-haired sighthounds. His strong frame, well-defined musculature and powerful jaws show him to be a hunting dog capable of working in the difficult conditions of the Polish country and climate. Though large and strong, he must never be overdone to the point of heaviness or lethargy.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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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

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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.
UKC
The Chart Polski is self assured, confident, reserved and brave. He is a fast, skillful and untiring hunter and has a lively and penetrating gaze.

HEAD

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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 80 100.
UKC
The head is long, lean and strong, with the muzzle as long as, or slightly longer than, the skull, and their top lines slightly divergent in profile. The skull and muzzle blend cleanly together at the sides of the head and there is a slight stop.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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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 muzzle.
UKC
The upper part of the skull is flat. There is a slight frontal furrow, and the frontal bones and eyebrows are lightly marked.

Stop

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Naso-frontal depression very lightly marked.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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Black or dark, large, projecting above the lips.
UKC
The nose is large and dark, projecting above the lips.

Muzzle

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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.
UKC
The muzzle is very strong in front of the eyes. It tapers slightly towards the tip, but in no way appears to be pointed; instead it is rather blunt for a sighthound. The position of the nose is somewhat below the upper line of the muzzle. The lips are well defined, but clean and never pendulous. They do not cover the lower jaw.

Lips

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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

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Jaws and teeth strong. Scissor bite, pincer bite acceptable.
UKC
The Chart Polski has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors or even bite.

Eyes

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Dark eyes desirable. According to the dog’s coat, the iris is 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.
UKC
The eyes are rather large, almond in shape, and set obliquely. In color, they range from dark brown to amber, depending on the color of the coat. Dark eyes are desirable. The characteristic expression is very important; it must be lively and penetrating.

Ears

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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.
UKC
Medium size, quite narrow and set at eye level. When pulled forward, the tip easily reaches to the inner corner of the eye. The ear cartilage is soft and gives the impression that the ears are fleshy. Ear carriage may be erect, tipped, rose or folded back.

NECK

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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 Greyhound).
UKC
The neck is long, muscular and powerful. It is oval in profile, and rises gently from the withers. The head carriage is rather high, but at rest the Polish Greyhound carries the head slightly lower than the Greyhound.

BODY

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In the free standing hound, the height at the withers should be equal to the height at the summit of the croup.
UKC
Short coupled, with the distance from the point of shoulder to the point of the buttocks just slightly greater than the distance from the top of the withers to the ground. When the dog is free standing, the withers and the highest point of the croup should be at equal heights. The chest is spacious and well let down, preferably to the point of the elbow. The ribs are well sprung, arched but not barrel shaped. The ribs are long and slope backward. The topline is level to the loin, where it is slightly arched. In the female, an almost straight topline through the loin is not a fault. The loin is wide and muscular and the croup gently slanting, long, muscular and wide. The hipbones must be wide apart.

Topline

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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.

Withers

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Small, but marked.

Loin

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Wide and muscular.

Croup

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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

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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.

Underline and belly

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Tucked up.

TAIL

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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 the level of the loin.
UKC
The feathered tail is long and strong at the base. It should have a sickle shape at the tip, or even a complete ring. When at rest, the tail may hang fairly straight down. In motion, the tail is carried up, but the base should not be higher than the level of the loin.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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Forelegs long, lean, muscular, not too wide apart; seen from the front parallel.
UKC
The forequarters are well angulated.

FORELEGS

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The forelegs are long, lean, strong and parallel to one another, but not too far apart. The distance from the elbow to the ground should be slightly greater than the distance from the top of the withers to the elbow. The pasterns are slightly oblique.

Forearm

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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.

Pastern

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Slightly oblique in relation to the ground.

FEET

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Oval in shape with tight, well arched toes.

Forefeet

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Oval; toes tight, well arched.

Hind feet

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Oval, slightly longer than the front feet; toes tight, compact.

HINDQUARTERS

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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.
UKC
The hind legs are long and muscular, and the hindquarter is quite well angulated. Seen from behind, the legs should be parallel, but not set as wide apart as in the Greyhound.

Lower thigh

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Long.

Hock

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Strong.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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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 at 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.
UKC
Flowing and energetic. The front and rear quarters should be angulated to produce a long stride at both the walk and the trot. Single tracking of the hind legs at slow speeds is not a fault.

SKIN

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Well fitting, elastic.
UKC
The skin is close fitting and elastic.

COAT

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HAIR

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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 sparse. 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.
UKC
The coat is springy to the touch, rather harsh, but not wire-haired. Shortest on the belly and legs, the coat may be of variable lengths on the rest of the body. On the buttocks and tail, the hair is longest, but still harsh, and forms a modest breeching and brush.

COLOUR

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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.
UKC
Immaterial.

SIZE

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UKC
Ideal height for males is from 27.5 inches to 31.5 inches at the withers. For females, it is 26.5 inches to 29.5 inches. Sizes larger than this are acceptable as long as general balance and proportion are maintained. A slightly smaller dog is permitted if otherwise of outstanding quality.

Height at withers

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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.

FAULTS

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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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
General Appearance: Severe departure from the required relation between height at withers and length of the body. Fragile bone structure, weakness. Weak musculature or heaviness.
Head: 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). Protruding eyes. Ears flat touching sides of the head.
Neck: Short, fine; exaggerated high head carriage or exaggerated low head carriage.
Body: Back arching already from the thoracic vertebrae onwards. 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.
Tail: Completely curved over the back or carried sideways.
Forequarters: Straight in shoulder. Out or in at the elbows. Feet turning out, deformed pads.
Hindquarters: Angulation too weak. Cow-hocked or barrel-shaped. Splayed feet.
Skin: Thick, loose, not elastic enough.
Coat: 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.
UKC

Teeth: Overshot, undershot or missing more than the first premolars.
Nose: Incomplete pigment.
Eyes: Protruding eyes. Incomplete pigment of the eyerims.
Ears: Drop ears that hang flat against the sides of the head.
Neck: Short or weak neck. Excessively high or low head carriage.
Tail: Tail completely curled over the back, or carried sideways.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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Eyes: Tiny or triangular shaped eyes.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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  • Unfounded aggressiveness, exaggerated timidity, somnolence.
  • Small eyes, lid aperture triangular.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

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Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.