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Small Swiss Hound


There are 4 varieties that differ only in color. They are as follows... Small Bernese Hound (Berner Niederlaufhund) - Black and white with tan markings over the eyes often considered tricolor. This variety has two coat types, smooth and rough. The rough coat has a coarse-haired, harsh single coat, with a small beard on the face. Small Jura Hound (Jura Niederlaufhund) - smooth single coat, black with tan markings above the eyes, with some white. Small Lucerne Hound (Luzerner Niederlaufhund) - smooth white coat speckled with grey or black to give a blue appearance, with black patches and tan marks over the eyes. Small Schwyz Hound (Schwyzer Niederlaufhund) - smooth white coat with yellow-red to orange-red patches. This medium-sized breed is a smaller version of the “Swiss Hound” type Schweizer Laufhund. It is rectangular in shape, moderately long, and well built. Clean, noble head with a friendly alert facial expression. The chest and ribcage are broad and deep, giving plenty of heart and lung room. Limbs lean and robust. When moving slowly, the tail is carried hanging down; in action it is curved slightly upwards. The head is noble and clean. When seen from the front it is rather long and slender, gradually getting broader towards the cheeks. Possesses a soft undercoat covered by a dense, hard outer coat.


The Small Swiss Hound is a hunting dog in the most specific meaning of the word. Able to hunt on difficult terrain. They have an excellent nose, driving the game with great determination. Friendly, companionable, reliable and strong, making excellent companions. Temperament vary's from calm to lively depending on the amount of exercise received. Do not allow this dog to develop Small Dog Syndrome. Always provide for them what they instinctually need as an animal.

Height, Weight

Height 13-17 inches high (33-43cm.), by 36-42 inches long (91-106 cm.) Weight 18-33 pounds (8-15 kg.)

Health Problems

Generally a healthy breed.

Living Conditions

Living conditions: A very rural dog. Needs to hunt; needs grass, trees, and dirt. Not a city or apartment dog. Ideally, a farm environment is best.


They should be taken on daily, long walks. As with all dogs, exercise is key. Be aware, however, that the Berner is a scent hound, and a walk takes alittle longer than with a standard dog.

Life Expectancy

12-14 years.


Grooming is important.


Originating in Switzerland, the Schweizer Niederlaufhunde, or Smaller Swiss Hound is a smaller version of the Swiss Hound. There are four varieties of the Small Swiss Hound which vary only in color. At the turn of the century, the sport of shoots (hunting grounds) was introduced into several Swiss Cantons. The popular medium-sized Swiss Hounds (Schweizer Laufhunde) were too fast for enclosed shoots. So it was decided to replace them with smaller short-legged scenthounds. The new smaller breed, bred through planned selection of stock and suitable crossing, was called “Niederlaufhund (“shortlegged Scenthound”). It is relatively low on leg, with an attractive coat colors similar to those of the medium-sized Swiss Hounds (Schweizer Laufhunde). It has a cry when hunting and searching that is music to a handlers ears. This breed has a very passionate determination to find game and to do track work. The Schweizer Niederlaufhund Club, first known by the name “Schweizerischer Dachsbracken Club”, was founded on June 1, 1905.


Scent Hound, Hunting, FCI group 6