Breeds of dogs: Smalandsstovare

Breeds of dogs: Smalandsstovare

Origin, classification and history

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

The Smalandsstövare (Chien courant du Smaland) takes its name from the county of "Smaland", where since the 19th century there were many varieties of hounds: crossed with local Spitz type set dogs and with English hunting dogs they became the ancestors of the current Hounds of Smaland. From the early years of the twentieth century a reconstruction of the type of the old Smalandsstövare began, and more precisely of the short-tail type, since the first breed standard drawn up in 1921, allowed both the short tail and the naturally long tail. This breed, for the reconstruction of the type, received various infusions of blood, sometimes also of other breeds. The last time an external insertion was used was in the 1950s.

General aspect

Very robust dog, but elegant in appearance. Its fur is exceptionally shiny, with dense undercoat and the typical black and tan color (typical color of many breeds, including the Rottweiler). Medium sized dog.


Robust hound, used for hunting hare and fox. It is almost always used individually, since it is not a pack dog. It is not used in deer hunting. It has a calm character. Very gentle, sweet dog. Always attentive and alert.

Smalandsstövare (photo

Smalandsstövare (photo

Smalandsstövare (photo


- males between 46 and 54 cm
- females between 42 and 54 cm.

Trunk: robust, with powerful musculature.
Head and muzzle: broad and fairly flat skull. Full muzzle. Quite obvious stop.
Truffle: always black in color.
Teeth: the teeth must be complete and correct.
Neck: quite robust.
Ears: they are attached high, slightly raised when the dog is attentive. They are hanging pendants, with rounded ends.
Eyes: they are dark brown, with calm expression.
Arts: must be perfectly straight; unopened feet. Angles never excessive, but not insufficient.
Shoulder: with a good angle.
Musculature: excellent development.
Tail: it is placed in the extension of the back line, straight or slightly carried with a saber blade. It can be short at birth.
Skin: adhering to the body in all its parts.
Hair: medium length, rough, well adherent to the body; coarser on the back and on the gluing. The undercoat is short, soft and dense.
Allowed colors: black and tan, all shades ranging from amber to acajou. Small white spots on the bib and fingers are allowed.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, incorrect limbs, small feet, clear eyes, badly worn ears, badly worn tail, incorrect gait, saddled back line, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, excessive angles, insufficient angles, insufficient angles, long tail, defective teeth, shyness, depigmented truffle.

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