Other names: Schiller Hound


The Schiller Hound, also known as the Schillervstovare, is a lively, athletic, medium-sized breed developed in Sweden as an agile hunter. This is a working dog through and through and generally not kept as a house pet. With that said, this breed does hold a wonderful affectionate and loyal side to her personality, although this is usually only directed towards one person.


Key facts about the Schillerstövare

  • Life expectancy : Between 12 and 14 years
  • Temperament : Playful, Hunter
  • Size : Medium
  • Type of coat : Short, Hard

FCI Group

FCI Group

Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds


Section 1 : Scent hounds

Physical characteristics of the Schillerstövare

Adult size

Female dog Between 19 and 22 in
Male dog Between 21 and 24 in


Female dog Between 40 and 55 lb
Male dog Between 40 and 55 lb

Coat colour

Varying shades of tan, fawn or ginger, often with a black mantle.

Type of coat

Short, thick, glossy, close-lying. Harsh during the winter to protect against the cold.

Eye colour

Dark brown.


The Schiller Hound is an athletic, well-muscled and strong medium-sized dog which is clearly built for working. Her legs are slightly arched, long, and lean, complementing the breed’s incredible speed. Her head is small yet long, with eyes that are dark and deep-set, and ears that are set high and hang down the sides of the face.



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The Schiller Hound is affectionate, though usually only towards the person she spends the most time with. Towards this person, though, she is loyal, affectionate and attentive.


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She is a great playmate for the whole family.


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If well-exercised and mentally stimulated, the Schillerstovare is calm, gentle and chilled-out within the home.


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This is an intelligent breed who proves an effective and reliable assistant.


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The Schiller Hound is a natural hunter with an extremely high prey-drive. She is used for hunting hare and fox, but not deer. Unlike others, this one never works in a pack or in a pair.

Fearful / wary of strangers

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She is suspicious of strangers, but never fearful or overly aggressive.


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The Schiller Hound is a strong-willed and independent-minded breed, which can make training challenging.

Behaviour of the Schillerstövare

Tolerates solitude

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The Schiller Hound will cope alone for short periods of time as long as her needs have been met.

Easy to train / obedience

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While the impressive intelligence of the Schiller Hound means she will pick up tricks with ease, the domineering and willful side of her personality can make training difficult. Training and socialization needs to start early, be consistent and be carried out by an experienced, firm-handed master.


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The Schiller Hound may occasionally let out a loud, melodious bark.

Tendency to run away

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The Schillerstovare won’t hesitate to chase small animals or wildlife whilst out and about. Keep it on a strong lead and harness in potentially risky situations.


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Left unattended and under-exercised, it’s highly likely that the Schiller Hound will become restless, vocal and troublesome.

Greedy / Gluttony

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Treats are always a welcome motivator for getting this strong-willed dog to cooperate.

Guard dog

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With her natural suspicion of strangers and impeccable hearing, the Schiller Hound makes for an incredible watchdog. However, don’t expect this breed to do much more than alert you of intruders - she’s far too gentle to act any further!

First dog

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She is a good choice for a first adoption by a hunter or sports master.


Schillerstövare in a flat

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She is not suited to flat or apartment living. Ideally, the Schiller Hound will live in a countryside setting with plenty of space to roam, but would also cope well in a house with a large, secure garden. 

Need for exercise / Sporty

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As a working breed, the Schiller Hound has super high exercise requirements and needs an owner who can match them. Ideally, this breed will have at least 1-2 hours of vigorous exercise every day, as well as having the opportunity to roam outside throughout the day. She adores hiking, running, jogging, swimming and agility sports.

Travelling / easy to transport

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The Schiller Hound is a medium-sized dog, and so, will fit in larger cars. Due to her high exercise requirement, she may not cope well with long journeys.


Schillerstövare and cats

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With a strong prey-drive, this breed is simply too much of a danger to cats and shouldn’t be housed with them.

Schillerstövare and dogs

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Although she never hunts in a group, this dog is sociable enough and can live with her peers if she has been socialized from an early age.

Schillerstövare and children

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This breed is extremely loyal and can be kept with children, but only if all parties are well-socialized and respect each other.

Schillerstövare and the elderly

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This breed has extremely high exercise requirements and a domineering nature which is likely to be too much for an elderly owner.


We do not have enough data to set an average price of purchase. However, looking after a dog of this type typically costs between £150 to £190 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.


The Schiller Hound is fairly low-maintenance in terms of breeding, requiring a thorough brush down 1-2 times per week. However, do remember to cut her nails every other month and check/clean the ears out 2-3 times per month. Ideally, her teeth should be brushed daily. Bathe the Schiller Hound only when necessary, as this may otherwise dry out the skin.


Moderate shedder.

Nutrition of the Schillerstövare

The Schillerstovare should be fed a high-quality, complete and balanced dog food formulated for working or active breeds.

Health of the Schillerstövare

Life expectancy

Overall, this is a healthy breed, though prone to field injuries if used as a working/hunting dog. Their average life expectancy is 13 years.

Strong / robust

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This is an extremely strong, muscular and robust breed.

Withstand heat

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She tolerates warm temperatures but may overheat if particularly hot - provide cold water and shade at all times.

Withstand cold

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The Schiller Hound was bred to work in the freezing, icy weather of Sweden and therefore is extremely tolerant of cold and wet weather.

Tendency to put on weight

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If exercised enough, the Schiller Hound is highly unlikely to put excess weight on.

Common illnesses

Good to know

The Schiller Hound has earned the reputation as the fastest hound in Scandinavia.

Origins and history

The intelligent and agile Schiller Hound was developed in the 1800s as a mix between the English Foxhound, English Harrier and other Swedish Hound breeds. The goal was to create the perfect sporting dog, capable of hunting in Sweden’s cold weather and harsh terrains - and they certainly succeeded! The breed gained recognition from the Swedish Kennel Club in 1913.


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