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Dutch Smoushond Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Dutch Smoushond so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginNetherlands
Other Names
What other names does the Dutch Smoushond have? The dog breed also known as...
Dutch Ratter, Hollandse Smoushond
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Dutch Smoushond recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Dutch Smoushond recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Price
How much does the Dutch Smoushond puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Dutch Smoushond price:
$500-$700
If you choose to purchase the Dutch Smoushond, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Dutch Smoushond for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Dutch Smoushond gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Dutch Smoushond size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Dutch Smoushond weigh? Dutch Smoushond weight:
20-22 pounds (9-10 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Dutch Smoushond? Dutch Smoushond average weight:
21 pounds (9.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Dutch Smoushond? Dutch Smoushond height:
14-17 inches (35-42 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Dutch Smoushond average height:
15.5 inches (38.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Dutch Smoushond have? What does this canine coat look like?
Rough
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Dutch Smoushond's coat?
Yellow
Grooming
How to groom the Dutch Smoushond and how often?
Easy to groom: The Dutch Smoushond doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Dutch Smoushond is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Dutch Smoushond dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Dutch Ratter? Dutch Smoushond shedding level:
Dutch Smoushonds are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Dutch Smoushond have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateLivelyFriendly
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Dutch Smoushond? Are they intelligent?
Average: Dutch Smoushond's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Dutch Smoushond dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Dutch Smoushonds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Dutch Smoushonds are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Dutch Smoushond sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Dutch Smoushonds don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Dutch Smoushonds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Dutch Ratter need? Dutch Smoushond social needs:
Dutch Smoushonds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Dutch Smoushond dogs bark a lot? Why does my Hollandse Smoushond bark?
Low to Average: The Dutch Smoushond rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Dutch Smoushond good as a watchdog?
Dutch Smoushonds are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Dutch Smoushond dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Dutch Smoushonds strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Dutch Smoushond bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Dutch Ratter? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Dutch Smoushond? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Dutch Smoushond has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Dutch Smoushond do?
Dutch Smoushonds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Dutch Smoushonds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Dutch Smoushond to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Dutch Smoushond roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Dutch Smoushond is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Dutch Smoushond have high prey drive?
Dutch Smoushonds have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Dutch Smoushond good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Dutch Smoushonds are apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walks outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Dutch Smoushonds adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Dutch Smoushonds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Dutch Smoushond dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Dutch Smoushonds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Dutch Smoushond dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Dutch Smoushond and children:
Dutch Smoushonds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Dutch Smoushond dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Dutch Smoushonds are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Dutch Smoushond good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Dutch Smoushond dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Dutch Smoushonds are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Dutch Smoushond is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are Dutch Smoushonds good office dogs? Do Dutch Smoushonds make good office friendly dogs? Can Dutch Smoushonds be office dogs?
No
Dutch Smoushond is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Dutch Smoushond dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Dutch Ratter temperament with senior people? Are Dutch Smoushond dogs good for elderly owners?
Dutch Smoushonds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Dutch Smoushond dogs get along with other pets? Are Dutch Smoushond dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Dutch Smoushonds are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Dutch Smoushond breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Dutch Smoushonds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Dutch Smoushond be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Dutch Smoushond is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Dutch Smoushond be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Dutch Smoushond is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Dutch Smoushond be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Dutch Smoushond is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Dutch Smoushond be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Dutch Smoushond is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Dutch Smoushond be a boat dog?
Not really
Dutch Smoushond breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Dutch Smoushond be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Dutch Smoushond is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Dutch Smoushond dogs have health problems?
Dutch Smoushonds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Dutch Smoushond dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Dutch Smoushond be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Dutch Smoushond breed hypoallergenic?
No
Dutch Smoushonds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Dutch Smoushond have?
Dutch Smoushonds have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Dutch Smoushond dogs require per day?
Dutch Smoushonds have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Dutch Smoushonds sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Dutch Smoushond need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Dutch Smoushond risk for obesity:
Low. The Dutch Smoushond has good luck with genetics. This breed doesn't need to worry about obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Dutch Smoushond's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Dutch Smoushond has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Dutch Smoushond drool?
The Dutch Smoushond is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Dutch Smoushond pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Dutch Smoushond pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Dutch Smoushond: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Dutch Smoushond have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Dutch Smoushond have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-5 puppies

Pros & Cons of Dutch Smoushond

Pros
  • Apartment Friendly: Dutch Smoushonds are apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Dutch Smoushond doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Dutch Smoushonds are low shedders.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low.
  • Child Friendly: Dutch Smoushonds are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Dutch Smoushonds are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Dutch Smoushonds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Dutch Smoushonds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Dutch Smoushonds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Dutch Smoushond is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Dutch Smoushonds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Dog Friendly: Dutch Smoushonds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Dutch Smoushond is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Dutch Smoushonds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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