Dutch Smoushond Information

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(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.

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Character

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.

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Size

14 – 17 inches
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Weight

20 – 22 pounds
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General Health

The Dutch Smoushond has no reported health-related concerns or issues. This breed typically lives for 12 to 15 years.

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History

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.

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Maintenance

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.

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Ideal Environment

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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I would to own a Dutch Smoushond can you tell me if there are any breeders in Ireland

This site sucks I own a D.S. and would like to locate another. he is the best dog I have ever owned. I don't believe the are any breeders on my side of the Atlantic. your best bet is to contact a breeding association from Holland. They have a website and a wonderful club.

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I got a rescue dog that was called a Terrier/Poodle mix, but I've since been told by a trainer that she is a Dutch Smoushond. How do I know? This is becoming more and more important, since she is sick and the vets are very puzzled....She has bradycardia and is extremely lethargic unless she's on prednisolone. She been tested for lots -- including Addison's and atypical Addisons!

I have a smoushond that has come down with a form if IBD or a version of Chron's disease. Prednisone helps with the lethargy. I also have him on a regime of 1/2 b-12 at dinner 1 squeezed out tablet FISH OIL (not cod oil) at bedtime 500 mg C, and Magnesium. He is now 21 lbs. and doing great. I also give him chewable Lactoferon (colostrum) 2x/day and once a day silymarin to help his liver with the poison of prednisone. This took 6 months to really kick in for him to feel better, and now we are at 5 mg pred. every 4 days. His energy level has improved and he is the happy little guy I met. This regime will help ailing HUMANS and animals with various challenges. I suggest you try it. I am happy to see him happy...hope this helps...at least to support the systems reaction to the pred.

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is there a definite way to find out if my dog is a true dutch smoushond?

i got a dog from a rescue centre in england 9 years ago,i have always wondered what sort of dog she was,yesterday a dutch friend of mine got a book of dogs and the dutch smoushond was in there,my dog looks identical to this breed.but i know this dog is rare and i cannot understand how she came to be in england,i would like anyone to tell me if my dog is a smoushond.if she is i would love another like her because she is the most wonderful dog i have ever had,my dog wont be here forever and i would like to know where i can get another one in the future.i hope someone can help as i have bee on every site possible to find out about these dogs.

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