Poland is a beautiful country that is known for its pierogi and potatoes. But it has also given the world a few amazing dog breeds.
Once extinct after the world war, many of these breeds had to be revived by combined efforts of breeders and cynologists. Thanks to their efforts, today we have some beautiful Polish dog breeds among us.
Here are a few you should know about.
1. Polish Hound
Also known as the Ogar Polksi, the Polish Hound is bound to become your favorite if you have a soft corner for big, beautiful and velvety ears.
For those who are familiar with the more popular Bloodhound, the Polish Hound can be considered as a fitter, leaner and more athletic version of the former.
The Polish Hound is known for its intelligence and cleverness. It is an energetic dog with a strong protective streak, which makes it a great family dog. The only downside with this dog is its somewhat mellow and incessant bark that may be a nuisance for some.
The Polish Hound has a reputation for good health so you won’t have to worry about its health. Also, it exhibits a great eagerness to please and is also reliable against children and this makes it endearing.
2. Polish Lowland Sheepdog
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a working dog breed that was originally bred as a herding and guard dog. They are an obedient dog breed that is very protective of their tribe but at the same time is very amiable with strangers.
Donning a shaggy, multicolored coat, these dogs are gorgeous and are known for their intelligence and sharpness. The best part about having these dogs is that they are adaptable and can adjust to urban, apartment living.
These dogs need a lot of physical exercises and you should keep them busy. Their coat also demands regular grooming sessions to remain tangle-free. If you can give it conducive physical exercise and tend to its grooming, you can certainly think about bringing it home.
3. Polish Greyhound
This breed disappeared after World War II only to reappear in the 1970s. It is known for its short, smooth fur that comes in several colors. The average Polish Greyhound can range anywhere between 27-32 inches tall and is distinguished by its large almond eyes.
These dogs are known for their propensity towards physical exercise. They are high on energy and like to be physically stimulated, so you would have to invest in their training, exercise and walking needs.
They have a protective streak in them and will always remain loyal to their owner. You must, however, make sure you train them well so that they are well behaved and mild-mannered. This is also important if you have small kids at home.
The Polish Greyhound may not be the most friendly dog towards strangers and guests because it likes to be aloof and standoff-ish so you would have to make peace with that.
4. Polish Tatra Sheepdog
Resembling the Great Pyrenees, the Polish Tatra Sheepdog is unlike most sheepdogs in terms of its appearance. It is an independent, sharp and very talented breed.
It is known to form strong bonds with the family it lives with without being too clingy, so if you are looking for a dog that is lovable but doesn’t need your attention all the time, this may just be the right dog for you.
The Polish Tatra Sheepdog is known for its independence, so it is highly likely that the dog will remain aloof to strangers unless trained well. If you are looking for a low-maintenance dog, this dog is going to be an ideal choice.
They have good stamina and you would have to take them for long walks to ensure they get ample physical exercise. They are sure to like a fenced yard to run around, so if you can arrange one, it would be like a cherry on the cake.
Its small size, lightweight and ease of carrying it around make it a very popular dog breed all across the world.
6. Polish Hunting Spaniel
If you are looking to get home an intelligent and energetic companion, the Polish Hunting Spaniel is the dog breed you should set your eyes on. They have an eager desire to please their owner and are also easy to train. They also have a high prey drive.
The Polish Hunting Spaniel is a strong scent hound who has an amicable disposition. They are very affectionate with children and will make an excellent addition to any family. Though it can adjust to a number of people, it would thrive with people who have an active lifestyle.