(Hollandse Smoushond, Smoushond) The Dutch Smoushond has a natural, rugged appearance that is primarily due to its long, shaggy double coat. They have long, straight, coarse hair around their face that forms a beard, eyebrows, and a mustache. The backs of their forelegs are thinly feathered, and their cat-like feet are covered with hair. The coat color for this breed is straw-yellow. The Dutch Smoushond has a well-proportioned, balanced body that is close to the ground. Their skull and forehead are slightly rounded, and they have a comparatively long muzzle and a pronounced stop. Their jaws are powerful and their nose and lips are black in color. They have small, dark eyes and a pair of triangular ears that are set high on the head. They have straight, firmly-muscled limbs and agile hind legs.
The Dutch Smoushond is sociable, obedient, and friendly. They are low maintenance and make charming companions. They have a propensity to be shy towards strangers, but they are full of energy in the company of people they are familiar with. They are highly intelligent, adaptable, and possess a number of natural talents. They are alert to their surroundings and possess a sense of humor. They rely on the company and affection of their owner(s), and they constantly aim to please. Training the Dutch Smoushond is not a difficult task, but it is important for owners of this breed to be consistent. This breed generally gets along well with children and other pets. Because of their yappy disposition, the Dutch Smoushond is an excellent watchdog.
The Dutch Smoushond has no reported health-related concerns or issues. This breed typically lives for 12 to 15 years.
While the Dutch Smoushond’s exact origins are unknown, the breed appears to be related to the German Schnauzer. The Dutch Smoushond was very popular throughout the late 1800’s as a gentleman’s companion, but the breed nearly became extinct after World War II. Initial attempts to save the breed after the war were met with little success. Finally, in the 1970’s, a woman by the name of Mrs. H.M. Barkman began collecting data, studying pictures, and talking to judges that remembered the breed. Through selective breeding, she was able to re-create the Dutch Smoushond. Today, the breed is comparatively secure, but it is not commonly known outside of the Netherlands.
The shaggy coat of the Dutch Smoushond is comparatively easy to groom and care for. The hair should be plucked by hand twice per year. This can be done by a professional or by owners of this breed. Between grooming sessions, excess hair should be removed from between the pads of the feet and inside of the ears.
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. They enjoy going for walks, swimming, and playing games. They need a certain amount of daily physical activity to keep healthy and fit, but they will adjust if an occasional training session is missed.
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