FCI-Standard N° 354 /22.11.2006/ GB
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD: 10.11.2006
Group 6 Scent hounds and related breeds.
Section 1.2 Medium sized hounds.
With working trial.
Hunting dog. Dog used for hunting boar and deer. Also used occasionally for hunting fox and hare in the mountainous region of Southern Poland.
A lithe dog of compact construction. The bone structure is strong but not heavy. The build implies a great aptitude for mobility and an obvious disposition to resist difficult working conditions in mountainous regions.
Medium sized. Rectangular build 9:10.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT
Stable and gentle. This dog is truly courageous and can even demonstrate proof of bravery. He is intelligent and easy to educate. Not aggressive but remaining wary towards strangers. To his qualities as a hunting dog, must be added those of an excellent guardian. During the hunt he gives voice with a characteristic melody in various intonations; a higher pitch for the females.
Noble, in proportion with the body.
Skull: Same length as the muzzle; slightly convex. The occiput is marked but not prominent.
Stop: Only slightly pronounced.
Nose: Black, brown or flesh colour, despending on the coat colour.
Lips: Fleshy, neither hanging nor tight, well overlapping the lower jaw. Slight fold at the commissure which is well defined.
Jaws/Teeth: Strong and white, with the incisives well aligned in an arc. Scissor bite. Complete dentition is appreciated.
Eyes: Medium sized, oblique. The expression is kind. The white of the eye is not visible. The black and tan subjects have dark eyes, the brown and red subjects can have lighter coloured eyes. The eyelids are well fitted to the eyeball.
Ears: Hanging, light, triangular of medium length. Set low, level with a line horizontal to the eyes. Broad at the base. The great part of the ear is hanging, carried slightly to the fore with the front edge closer to the cheek than the back edge. Tips well rounded. The coat on the ears is smooth and silky.
Medium length, well muscled, relatively strong, with oval section. Carried neither too vertically nor too low (moderate slope). The skin is loose but without forming a dewlap.
Back: Straight and well muscled.
Loin: Broad and well muscled, very slightly arched.
Chest: Deep, reaching the elbow. Forechest moderately defined.
Ribs: Long and oblique.
Belly: Slight tuck up.
Medium thickness, reaching to the hock joint. Well covered with hair, with slight brush. When the dog is at rest, the tail is carried low and sabre-like; in action, it is carried slightly higher than the top line.
FOREQUARTERS: Upright, seen from the front. The distance from the elbow to ground is equal to half of the height at the withers.
Shoulder: Long and oblique.
Upper arm: The angle of the shoulder joint is not very open.
Elbow: Neither in nor out, parallel to median line of body.
Forearm: Straight, lean, oval section.
Metacarpus (Pastern): Lean, elastic; in profile, slightly sloping.
HINDQUARTERS: Upright, seen from behind.
Upper thigh: Broad and well muscled.
Lower thigh: Well muscled.
Metatarsus (Rear pastern): Short.
Tight and slightly oval. The toes are slightly arched. The nails are dark and match the coat colour. Strong pads.
GAIT / MOVEMENT
The gait should be effortless and energetic, fluid and harmonious. Long reaching and free movement, especially on the trot. Whether walking or trotting, the topline remains straight and even. Limbs parallel in action.
HAIR: On the body the hair is harsh, lying close to the skin. Abundant undercoat; more in winter, less in summer. On the head and ears the hair is short and soft.
• Black and tan: The tan should be well distinct from the black. The tan is a combination of brown and red. The colour is very intense.
• Brown (chocolate) and tan.
• Red with nose black, brown or flesh coloured. The fawn-red coat can be slightly overlaid with black.
Position of tan markings; over the eye, on muzzle, on front part of neck, on forechest, on lower part of limbs, behind and inside the thighs, around the anus, underside of tail. Small white marks on toes and chest are permitted.
Height at withers: Males: 55 – 59 cm. Females: 50 – 55 cm.
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.
• Dog long in the leg.
• Body too long or too short.
• Bone structure too light.
• Light eye, round eye.
• Level bite (edge to edge).
• Tan not distinct enough from black.
• Tan too invading.
• Aggressive or overly shy.
• Overshot or undershot.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.