Small Swiss Hound

Other names : Petit chien courant suisse, Schweizerischer Niederlaufhund

Photo: adult dog of Small Swiss Hound breed
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Life expectancy

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




Adult size

Female Between 13 and 16 in
Male Between 14 and 17 in

Adult weight

Female Between 22 and 44 lb
Male Between 22 and 44 lb
Coat colour
Black White Red
Type of coat
Short Hard
Eye colour
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More details about the Small Swiss Hound

Small Swiss Hound: Origins and history

The Small Swiss Hound originates from a taller dog called the Swiss Hound and the well-known, super short Basset Hound. They were selectively bred for hunting private areas of land in Switzerland. They’re still used for hunting today and are rarely kept as a companion dog.

FCI classification of the Small Swiss Hound

  • Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds

  • Section 1 : Scent hounds

Training a Small Swiss Hound

Sweet and docile, this little dog is very attached to his master and is therefore keen to make him happy: which greatly facilitates his education. The main priorities in training this dog are socialisation, and getting him to walk on the leash without trying to shoot off.

Small Swiss Hound: Purchase price

We do not have enough data to set an average price. 

Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £70 to £100 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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