|United Kennel Club|
The sequence follows FCI breed standard.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: A medium sized scenthound that originated in Poland. The Polish Hound was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Strong, compact and quite massive, the Polish Hound gives the appearance of endurance rather than speed.
HEAD: The head is rather heavy and is well chiseled. In profile it looks like a rectangle.
Skull: The forehead is wrinkled, and the occiput is pronounced. The stop is well defined and abrupt.
Nose: The nose is large, wide, and black.
Muzzle: The muzzle is as long as the skull. It is neither blunt nor pointed. The lips are thick and drooping. The cheek muscles are well developed.
Jaws/Teeth: The Polish Hound has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.
Eyes: The eyes are set obliquely. They are dark brown in color, and have a gentle, serene expression.
Ears: Set low, quite long, and hanging in a twist.
NECK: Very thick and muscular with a loose, folded dewlap.
BODY: The chest is wide and deep, descending to the elbow. The ribs are long and well sprung. The back is long, broad and muscular. The croup is flat. The belly is capacious, not tucked up except for a slight hollow behind the last rib.
TAIL: Thick and rather low set, hanging below the hocks. Slightly raised in action, but not above the back.
FOREQUARTERS: The shoulder blades are oblique.
FORELEGS: The legs are muscular, and the pastern joint is well defined and lean.
FEET: The feet are tight, with large pads.
HINDQUARTERS: The hindquarters have strong bone structure, and are very muscular.
HIND LEGS: The upper thigh is long, and the lower thigh is short and sloping. The hock is lean and well defined. The rear pasterns are slightly inclined.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: At a trot the gait is slow, heavy and short.
HAIR: Medium length and thick, with a dense undercoat.
COLOUR: Tan extremities, with a black or dark gray body. The tan color varies in intensity. There may be white on the muzzle, chest, lower legs and tail. There are distinct tan spots above the eyes. The black mantle may go forward onto the skull, but black that goes as far as the muzzle is a disqualification.
SIZE: Height at the withers for males is 22 to 25.5 inches. For females, it is 21.5 to 23.5 inches. Weight for males is 55 to 70 pounds. For females, it is 44 to 57 pounds.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Black muzzle.
Color: Black muzzle.