The tumultuous history of Poland made the Polish breeds almost extinct. But, after World War II, the Polish Kennel Club, breeders and cynologists got together to reproduce the breeds for the delight of its inhabitants. Polish dog breeds were used to hunt and herd and today they are admired for their beauty and strength. Let’s meet these 5 beautiful Polish dog breeds.
What dogs are from Poland?
Poland are proud of their five dog breeds and, four which are recognised by the FCI: Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Polish Hound , Polish Tatra Sheepdog , Polish Greyhound, Polish Hunting dog.
Polish Lowland Sheepdog
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is an excellent working dog breed and was originally bred for hunting and guarding. Due to its origin, this pooch is very energetic and will need a fair amount of physical activities every day.
Not only are they are intelligent, obedient and good-natured, they are also very cute looking with their shaggy and multicolored coat. So, if you don’t mind brushing this dog regularly and are ready to provide lots of physical activity, then the Polish Lowland Sheepdog could be a good match.
Originally bred to hunt, the Polish Hound is quite rare outside of its native country. This pooch is clever, eager to please, energetic and very protective of its family. The Polish Hound would make a perfect companion and family dog.
However, it does have one default: it barks a lot! This dog is easy to train so you will easily be able to teach it when to bark.
Polish Tatra Sheepdog
The Polish Tatra Sheepdog looks like a small polar bear, with its beautiful and long white coat. This dog was originally bred to nudge the sheep in the right direction and due to its size, it didn’t need to nip the sheep’s heel. And at night, The Polish Tatra Sheepdog would patrol and protect the pack, its bark his so loud that this would warn any predators that the dog was prepared for any attacks.
This multi-tasking dog is loyal, reliable, even-tempered and protective. The Polish Tatra Sheepdog needs a fair amount of exercise to feel fulfilled.
Originally, the Polish Greyhound was highly valued by Polish nobles and royals and they would use these dogs to go hunting with them. Common game were wolves, rabbits and deers. This dog is very affectionate and highly protective so can sometimes be quite territorial.
The Polish Greyhound is not adapted to first time owners as it will need a firm, confident and experienced owner. It will also need an early socialisation and a basic level of obedience training.
Polish Hunting dog
The Polish Hunting dog is an excellent scent hound as it was able to pick up a scent and follow it for miles, a great asset for anyone in the medieval times. This medium sized dog is intelligent and brave but won’t be looking for any confrontation. However, it is wary of strangers and will need to be socialised at an early age.
The Polish Hunting dog will be easy to train and will be a good candidate for any competitive obedience competitions, agility or dog dancing. It will however need a lot of exercise to feel fulfilled.
These five Polish dog breeds are all very energetic and will need a huge amount of physical activities to feel content. They are all very loyal, intelligent and will make excellent family dogs.
So, which one is your favourite?