Head: Fairly heavy, elegantly chiseled. Skull as long as nosebridge. Pronounced stop. Well-developed brow bones. Very wrinkled forehead. Long muzzle. Strong jaws. Thick, pendulous flews. Large, wide nose.
Ears: Set on low, fairly long, hanging freely, slightly rounded at the tip.
Eyes: Slanted, dark brown.
Body: Massive. Strong, muscular neck with folded dewlap. Broad chest. Large, broad brisket. Well-curved ribs. Broad abdomen. Flank level. Long, broad, muscular back. Broad, level croup.
Tail: Set on fairly low, large, hanging lower than the hock, slightly pendulous.
Hair: Medium in length, thick. Slightly longer on the spine, the backs of the hind legs, and the lower tail. Thick undercoat.
Coat: Fawn and black. Tan head, ears, legs, sternum, and thighs. Body black or dark grey, with a black mantle. White hair tolerated as flashings or a flare or on the chest, lower legs, and tip of the tail.
Size: Dog: 56 to 65 cm. (22-22.5 in).Bitch: 55 to 60 cm. (22-23.5)
Weight: Dog: 25 to 32 kg. (55-70.5 lb).Bitch: 20 to 26 kg. (44-57.5 lb).
This ancient breed is indigenous to Poland, but some say it is descended from Austrian or German strains.
This tenacious dog with more endurance than speed has a very keen sense of smell and a resonant voice. He can work on all kinds of terrain, in any kind of weather. He is affectionate and a good companion.
He is not at all suited to city life. He needs space and exercise and requires regular brushing.