Small Swiss Hound

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


The Swiss hound (original name - Schweizerischer Niederlaufhund) has a long history. In the 15th century dog lovers were already showing great interest in this breed, which had four varieties: Berner Laufhund, Luzerner Laufhund, Schwyzer Laufhund and Bruno du Jura. In fact, when in the early 20th century in most cantons of Switzerland the hunting parks were introduced, it appeared that these medium-sized dogs were too fast for a limited areas designated for hunting. They were replaced by smaller hunting dogs. A methodical crossing had begun until it reached a new variety: Small Swiss Hound, which had an excellent qualities of a hound, with very good sense of smell, and high harmonic barking that successfully hunt and bloody trail.

The FCI officially recognized the breed in 1954 and the last updated standard was published on October 13, 2015

This breed is still little known outside its home country and puppies for sale are hard to find outside Switzerland.

Physical characteristics

The Small Swiss Hound seems fragile, but it is very durable. Body of this dog is in a shape of rectangle, short, almost square. Head is medium, with a noble expression. Neck is moderately long, muscular, but elegant. Dogs elongated muzzle is not pointed. Eyes are round and dark. The dog's ears are placed quite low on the head. They are narrow at a base, folded and hanging down close to its head, covered with fine hair. Limbs are muscular and healthy. Tail is of medium length, set low.

Coat is short, smooth and tight. Color of coat varies: it can be white, black and reddish brown; gray, white or black and white. There can be various yellow-reddish or brown spots, mostly above eyes.

Height is between 33 and 43 cm. Average weight of the Small Swiss Hound varies between 9 and 15 kg.

Character and behavior

The Small Swiss Hound is an universal hunting dog, especially resilient, with a sharp sense of smell. This dog possesses a calm, sweet temper, it is never afraid and is not aggressive.

Training and education

The Small Swiss Hound is a smart dog that is easy to train. If the owner will use it as a hunting dog, a dressage should start from an early age. It is sometimes prone to disobedience and therefore needs to be trained with a firm hand, strictly and without concessions to not become hedonistic and edgier animal when it grows up.

These dogs can adapt to the urban life very well. They can be very effective guards because of their strong bark.

Grooming and care

You should provide frequent walks, games and exercise in an open space. This small hunting dog needs to spend its energy every single day. To the dog in good condition is necessary to assure its daily space for running and much physical exercise to consume energy at will.

You have to regularly brush dogs coat to keep it in good condition. This dog does not need any extra special care.

Health problems

The Small Swiss Hound has an excellent health and rarely gets sick. Of course, like most hunting breeds, this one is also prone to dysplasia and problems with joints. Average lifespan is about 13 years.

Children and other pets

This dog is strongly attached to its master. It is careful and patient with children and other dogs if they do not provoke it. Friendly and sociable, the Small Swiss Hound gets along well with everyone – kids and adults.

Interesting facts

In 1933, for the first time was created an unified standard for all four varieties of the Swiss Hound.