Breed Organization United Kennel Club (UKC) Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Sweden Other Names Chien Courant Smaland, Smalands Hound, Smaland Laufhund, Sabueso de Smaland Life Expectancy Approximately 12-15 Years Litter Size No Information Available Breed Group Scenthounds - FCI
Breed Appearance They are the smallest of the Swedish hound
breeds, and have black and tan markings similar to the Rottweiler.
Breed Description Head: Long, hanging to hocks or docked
at birth. Carried high. Ears: Set on high, fairly flat, hanging flat against the head. Eyes: Dark. Body: Compact. Neck of medium length, powerful. Deep chest.
Powerful loin. Muscular abdomen with tuck-up. Slightly sunken, short
back. Long, broad croup. Tail: Long, hanging to hocks or docked at birth. Carried high. Hair: Short, thick, smooth, and glossy. Coat: Black with tan markings above the eyes, around the
flews, and on the chest and lower legs. Size: Dog: 45 to 54 cm. (17.5-21 in).Bitch: 42 to 50 cm.
(16.5-19.5 in). Weight: 15 to 20 kg (33-44 lb).
History The breed has existed in Sweden since the 16th
century. The name originated from the breed's links with Sm�land in
southern Sweden. During the time of the Swedish Empire a number of
wars were fought, with soldiers returning to their native country
bringing a variety of hound breeds with them. These hounds were bred
with local spitz type dogs, and the offspring became the foundation
stock of the modern Smalandsstovare.
Farmers in Sweden preferred an all around hunting dog as they could
often only afford to feed a single hunting dog, and so the breed
became adept at hunting a number of quarry including hares,
squirrels and foxes as well as birds and larger game such as moose.
During this initial period the Smalandsstovare came in a variety of
colors, sizes and lengths of tail with selective breeding not being
put into practice until the 19th century. At the first dog show held
in Sweden, in 1889, 444 dogs were entered, of which 189 were hound
type dogs, including a number of Smalandsstovares. In the early 20th
century, breeders worked to restore the breed to the old type, with
a naturally occurring short tail.
Behavior A popular Swedish hunting dog, members of the
breed can form strong attachments to their master; but are also seen
as household pets due to their gentle and protective nature. In
hunting, they are used to drive the quarry for the hunter. They are
a highly intelligent breed, and require a high level of exercise.
They therefore are not best suited to living in a small apartment.
Smalandsstovare are wary of strangers and can be territorial, but
this can also make a Smalandsstovare a good watchdog. Participation
in field trials for Smalandsstovares are becoming increasingly
common. They remain active up until around twelve years old.
Health The Swedish breed club for the Smalandsstovare
commissioned genetic tests on a number of dogs between 1994 and
2008. The tests showed that there were no specific health issues
unique to the breed, nor any major generic issues. They recommended
that where rare health issues present themselves, that the dog
involved should not be bred from in order to prevent that health
issue from spreading through the breed.
Advice He needs space and lots of exercise, as well as