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Breeds of dogs: Swiss Hound

Breeds of dogs: Swiss Hound

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Switzerland.
F.C.I classification: Group 6 - hounds and dogs by blood trail.

The origin of the Swiss Hound (Schweizer Laufhunde - Chien courants suisses) is common to all Swiss Hounds. This type of hound has been present in its territory since ancient times. They probably derive from the "Egyptian Hounds", which were brought to Europe by the Phoenicians. In the fifteenth century, "Italian Hounds" were better known, even in Italy. In addition to the Swiss Hounds there are also the "Little Swiss Hounds", in the same varieties as the major ones, from which they derive, but in a reduced form. In Italy they are almost totally supplanted by the two breeds of Italian Hounds. The only Swiss still quite widespread is the "Hound of the Jura".

General aspect

All Swiss hounds are medium-sized dogs, rather elongated, with dry heads. The Hound of the Jura is a little more massive, heavy and low on the limbs compared to the other three, which instead differ almost exclusively in the color of the coat.

Character

They are game hunters, used mainly for hare hunting. All equipped with a very fine nose. They have great hunting security, powerful voice. They also have no problem hunting in rough terrain. Not very expansive character. Very fond of the owner and their people. They have an innate passion for hunting. They are not suitable for city life, nor for the role of the companion dog. Always reliable with children. Rustic and very robust dogs. They must live in the countryside, or at least have the opportunity to do a lot of daily motorbikes.


Swiss Hound (photo www.hunderassen.de)


Swiss Hound (photo www.laufhunden.nl)

Swiss Hound (photo www.laufhunden.nl)

Standard

Height: between 45 and 50 cm at the withers.
Weight: from 18 to 25 kg.

Trunk: rather elongated. Well proportioned.
Head and muzzle: dry, narrow and proportionate to the size.
Truffle: always black in color. Never depigmented.
Teeth: complete and correct teeth. Scissor joint.
Neck: proportionate to the rest of the body.
Ears: large or long, they are attached low; they hang crumpled, well rolled at the tip.
Eyes: preferably dark, they have a very sweet expression.
Limbs: they are of strong bone, dry and in perfect perpendicularity.
Shoulder: very evident and inclined.
Musculature: dry, but well developed.
Tail: not too long, it is carried horizontally or slightly curved upwards or downwards.
Hair: thick, hard and satin.
Allowed colors: white and orange.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, non-standard measures, light eye, ears carried apple, insufficient musculature, incorrect gait, depigmented truffle, defective teeth, defective rear end, too long hair, wavy hair, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, limbs not straight, aggressive or shy character.

curated by Vinattieri Federico - www.difossombrone.it


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