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Smoushond: History, Temperament, Exercise

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About Smoushond

Country of Origin, History of Smoushonds

The exact origins of the Smoushond are unknown. However its looks suggest that it is partly related to the German Schnauzers. The Smoushond was popular in the late 1800's as a gentleman's companion. They were widely used in stables to kill rats.

To prevent it from dying out, the Hollandse Smoushond Club (Smoushondenclub) was formed in 1905 to document this small stable breed as a purebred dog. They look similar to the Brussels Griffon but to keep them distinct, they were given a Dutch name. They were almost lost during World War II. In 1973, some enthusiastic breeders tried developing this breed again with the remaining ones, crossed with Border Terriers.

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A General Description of the Dog

The Dutch Smoushond has a carefree, untidy appearance. Long, straight, wiry hair forms a beard, mustache and eyebrows. The small eyes are bright with black pigmented lids. The nose and lips are black and the eyes are dark. The cat-like feet are small and rounded. The ears are triangular, set high on the head. The firm, straight forelegs and flexible hind legs are well-muscled. The backs of the forelegs are thinly feathered. The skull is slightly rounded, with a distinct stop and a moderately long muzzle. The jaws are strong.


Smoushonds have a straw-yellow long double coat of protective, rugged, course, wiry hair.

Height: 14-17 inches (35-42 cm.)

Weight: 20-22 pounds (9-10 kg.)

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Smoushond Personality Traits

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This breed is obedient, friendly, sociable, adaptable, loving, dependent, sober, sensitive, eager to please and charming, thus making a wonderful companion. The Smoushond tends to be quiet around strangers but get along well with children and other pets. This skillful, intelligent dog with a yappy disposition makes a good watchdog.

Are they good for families with kids?

Smoushonds are suitable for kids and are known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Living Conditions:

The Dutch Smoushond is content to live in a small household or apartment if it is given sufficient daily exercise. They are an indoor breed, and they prefer to live in cooler climates.

Smoushond Activity Level

How active is the breed?

This energetic and tireless breed needs lots of exercise, including daily long walks, to keep fit and happy. They love to swim. It is generally a rewarding experience for the owner to train it in agility skills or ball playing. They need firm and consistent trainers.


The breed generally requires the hair to be plucked by hand about twice a year leaving the hair on the head alone as much as possible. Between these grooming sessions, any excess hair from inside the ears and between the pads of the feet should be removed.

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Health and Care

This is a healthy breed and is not known to be susceptible to any hereditary disease.

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Life Expectancy: About 12-15 years.

Group: Terrier Group

AKC Popularity Ranking: Not recognized by AKC.

Also Known As: Hollandse Smoushond, Gentleman’s Stabledog, Coachman's Dog.

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