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Swiss Hound adult black and white

Swiss Hound

There are four distinct varieties of Swiss Hound, each bearing the name of a Swiss canton: Bernese, Jura, Lucerne and Schwyz.

About the Swiss Hound

Swiss Hounds are lively, enthusiastic hunters that are always gentle, docile and very attached to their owners. They are medium-sized dogs with good conformation, bringing out their vigour and stamina. The long muzzle and clean head with long ears give it an air of nobility.

These small game hounds hunt hares, roes, foxes and sometimes wild boars. They work independently, giving tongue, exhibiting great skill even on hilly terrain.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
Switzerland
Group
FCI Group 6
Size category
Medium
Avg life expectancy
12–14 years

Lively / Loving / Friendly / Gentle / Loyal / Quiet / Sensitive

Key facts

  • Requires moderate grooming
  • Patient with children and other animals
  • Needs a lot of exercise

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