Swiss Hound

Other names : Swiss Scent hound, Berner Laufhund, Bernese Hound, Jura Hound, Bruno Jura Laufhund, Lucerne Hound, Lucerner Laufhund, Schwyz Laufhund, Schweizer Laufhund

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Life expectancy

The Swiss Hound has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 19 and 22 in
Male Between 19 and 23 in

Adult weight

Female Between 33 and 55 lb
Male Between 33 and 55 lb
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More details about the Swiss Hound

Swiss Hound: Origins and history

The Schweizer Laufhund is an ancient breed, native to Switzerland. It is thought to have been developed from Roman hounds, although it wasn’t really popular until the Middle Ages. At this time, these dogs were favoured by European nobility. The Schweizer Laufhund received pedigree status in 1880 and then followed FCI recognition in 1933.

FCI classification of the Swiss Hound

  • Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds

  • Section 1 : Scent hounds

Swiss Hound: Varieties

  • Bernese Hound
  • Jura Hound
  • Lucerne Hound
  • Schwyz

Training a Swiss Hound

Although this dog isn’t headstrong, he does need an experienced trainer who can show the dog who is in charge. The Jura Hound has no problems learning how to hunt, this comes very naturally to him.

Swiss Hound: Purchase price

Currently in the UK, there are no documented costs to purchase a Jura Hound. Average monthly costs to keep one of these dogs in the home will be around £100 to £120 which will cover feed, vet’s bills, and pet insurance

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