The true origins of the Smoushond are unknown. According to some theories it is related to the German Schnauzers. The Smoushond was very popular in the 1800s as a companion. During the World War II the breed was nearly extinct. Some attempts to save it were made, but with almost no success. In the 1970s, H. Barkman began collecting data about the Smoushond, pictures, old pedigree documents, etc. She also spoke to a couple of judges who still remember the breed, and was able to re-create it. Nowadays the Dutch Smoushond is relatively secure, with about 125 puppies registered per year. The breed is almost unknown outside the Netherlands, and most breed Clubs in its homeland don't want to promote it abroad.
The Hollandse Smoushond has a long coat of wiry hair. The color is mostly straw-yellow. The head is small with a lot of hair that forms a mustache, beard and eyebrows. The eyes are dark, same as the nose and lips. The feet are rounded and small. The ears are triangular, set high. The muzzle is long, the skull is rounded with a distinctive stop. The body is proportional, balanced and relatively short.
The average height is between 35 and 42 cm and the wight – between 9 and 11 kg.
Character and behavior
This obedient family dog is a great companion and a charming friend. The Smoushond is suspicious towards strangers, but is passionate and kind with his owners. This intelligent, skillful dog has fantastic adaptability. He is sensitive, dependent and alert which makes him a good watchdog. These dogs tend to bark a lot and you must correct them if this becomes obsessive.
Training and education
The training of these dogs is not hard. It is important to be consistent because some representatives could try to take over if they see that their owner is not serious enough. A proper “man to dog” communication is the key to success.
The Dutch Smoushond can live in an apartment if you provide enough walks and exercise. Puppies prefer cooler climates.
Before choosing this breed among a lot of puppies for sale, you should have in mind the emotional needs of this dogs. They are very sensitive and need a lot of attention. This, of course, makes them easy to educate, but also can lead to fear and shyness if you mistreat them. They are strongly attached to their owner and want to be around him all the time. So, if you plan to leave your puppy alone a lot due to your lifestyle or working tasks, then this is not the best breed for you.
Overall, the Dutch Smoushound is a healthy breed, but it is prone to some diseases like eye issues, joint problems and arthritis. Sometimes females Smoushonds have difficulty giving birth and a caesarean section is required for delivering the puppies.
Grooming and care
This dog needs long walks where he could spend his energy and run freely. Smoushonds love to swim. Enrolling your dog in agility competitions or just playing ball would be a fantastic experience for both of you.
This breed does not require any special grooming activities. The only important procedure is plucking the hair by hand around twice per year. You can use the services of a professional groomer or learn to do it by yourself. Between these sessions, you should remove any hair from inside the ears and feet.
Children and other pets
They get along well with children and happily accept the family cat. Most Dutch Smoushonds get along well with other dogs.
In the past, the Smoushond was well known for being an incomparable rat-hunter and they are still used for chasing any type of rodents from ships, farms and public buildings.