Hollandse Smoushond belongs to the group of Pinscher and Schnauzer, Molossoid and Swiss Mountain Dogs. He is a Dutch dog breed and recognized by the FCI. However, he is hardly known outside the Netherlands. Interested people will quickly realize that it is not easy to get a Smoushond. The waiting lists in the Netherlands are very long. But those who make it will be rewarded with a loyal cuddly dog, a persistent companion and playful friend.
The word Smoushond is due to the tousled appearance. He is very muscular, lively and his body is almost square. Bitches may grow a little longer than the males. However, he should not appear coarse or dumpy. Males of this breed can grow up to 42 cm high, bitches reach a maximum of 40 cm.
At the same time, the ideal weight for the Hollandse Smoushond is 9 to 10 kilograms. The most striking feature of the dog is its broad and short head. The triangular ears fall flat forward and are set high.
The character of this breed is friendly and cheerful. The Smoushond knows no fear and rarely gets nervous. Neither is he a yapper, nor will he run away. He is generally very affectionate and obedient. The dog breed is suitable for families and easy to keep. For children he is a faithful playmate. Aggressive behavior is foreign to the Smoushond.
The right food
As with all dogs, the Smoushond must be fed the correct diet. For the breed, no specific diseases are known that could be prevented by the right food. However, care should be taken that the dog is supplied by the food with enough energy and maintains the ideal weight.
Depending on the dog and occurring diseases, the food should be adjusted entirely according to individual needs. In general, the food should contain no additives, no sugar and in the best case no grain.
A high meat content is very important. For dogs that are fed only dry food, it is also important to ensure that they consume enough liquid. This should be at least one liter a day. For training and as a small reward for in between, treats with 100 % - meat content are suitable, such as duck or turkey strips, rumen or pig ears.
Hollandse Smoushond care
This dog breed is mostly found in a solid yellow-beige tone. Shades of straw yellow are possible. The facial areas around the muzzle and ears may also be darker than the rest of the coat. An important feature is the rough and wiry coat. It should look disheveled, but is neither curly nor wavy. The hair grows to a length of 4 to 7 centimeters. The coat tends to become matted if not adequately groomed. Undercoat protects this breed of dog in cold temperatures.
Otherwise, the Hollandse Smoushond is easy to keep and does not require special care. Only with the coat should be ensured that no matting occurs. If you regularly cuddle your dog and brush it from time to time, you have nothing to worry about. The Smoushond is very obedient. He can be trained well and is very obedient. Thus, he is a suitable dog breed for families, couples but also singles.
Keeping a dog involves a certain basic equipment. Of course, the dog needs a food bowl and a drinking bowl. The drinking bowl should be accessible to the dog all day. For the daily walks, an appropriate collar and leash are needed. More safety and more comfort for the dog provides a harness.
Furthermore, the dog should have its own retreat in the living area. Here, a basket, a blanket or even a box are suitable. Young and playful dogs should also get a ball, a cuddly toy or similar dog toys to pass the time.
A brush is needed for proper coat care. In addition, dog owners should have a tick tongs, chew bones for natural nutrition of the dog and equipment for safe transportation of the dog.
Origin & History
Often the breed is also called Dutch Rattler. Rattler means rat or mouse catcher. The Hollandse Smoushond was not bred specifically for a particular task. Through certain tasks and circumstances, mostly he served to keep stables free of vermin, the name of this dog breed developed.
In the past, it was also called "the gentleman's stable dog or coachman's dog". After World War II, the breed was considered extinct for some time. It was not until 1972 that a lady named Barkmann started a backbreeding program of the Hollandse Smoushond.
The Border Terrier was included in the breeding and the dog breed was saved from extinction.... At the beginning of the 20th century, through the work of some lovers of the dog breed, the dog breed was recognized by the FCI.