Schweizer Laufhund Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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OriginSwitzerland flagSwitzerland
Other Names
What other names does the Schweizer Laufhund have?
Chien Courant SuisseSchweizer LaufhundSwiss HoundSwiss Laufhund
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Schweizer Laufhund Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Schweizer Laufhund puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Schweizer Laufhund?
Unknown
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Availability
How easy is it to get a Schweizer Laufhund? How many Schweizer Laufhund are there in the world?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Schweizer Laufhund Size

Size
Is a Schweizer Laufhund small, medium or large dog?

How big do Schweizer Laufhund get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Schweizer Laufhund weigh? How much should the Schweizer Laufhund breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Schweizer Laufhund?
Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Schweizer Laufhund?
Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Schweizer Laufhund? Schweizer Laufhund height:
Male: 20-24 inches (51-60 cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Schweizer Laufhund?
Male: 22 inches (55.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Schweizer Laufhund Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Schweizer Laufhund have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
DenseSmooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Schweizer Laufhund's coat?
White & Black PatchesBlack Saddle & Tan Markings
Grooming
How to groom the Schweizer Laufhund and how often?
Easy to groom: The Schweizer Laufhund 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. Schweizer Laufhund 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 Schweizer Laufhund dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Chien Courant Suisse?
Schweizer Laufhunds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Schweizer Laufhund need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Schweizer Laufhund every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Schweizer Laufhund Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Schweizer Laufhund have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateGentleFriendlyTolerantAlert
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Schweizer Laufhund? Is the Schweizer Laufhund breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Schweizer Laufhund ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Schweizer Laufhund dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
A slightly harder to train than average. Schweizer Laufhunds aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Schweizer Laufhund is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Schweizer Laufhund sensitivity:
Schweizer Laufhunds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Schweizer Laufhund a good family dog?
High: Schweizer Laufhunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered 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 Chien Courant Suisse need? Schweizer Laufhund social needs:
Schweizer Laufhunds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Schweizer Laufhund dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Chien Courant Suisse bark?
Average to High: The Schweizer Laufhund is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Schweizer Laufhund good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Schweizer Laufhunds are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Schweizer Laufhund dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Schweizer Laufhund dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Schweizer Laufhunds are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Schweizer Laufhund bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Chien Courant Suisse? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Schweizer Laufhund? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Schweizer Laufhund 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.)
Bite Force
Does the Schweizer Laufhund has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Schweizer Laufhund? How much bite force does a Schweizer Laufhund have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Schweizer Laufhund bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Schweizer Laufhund, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Schweizer Laufhund do?
Schweizer Laufhunds 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 Schweizer Laufhunds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Schweizer Laufhund to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Schweizer Laufhund roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Schweizer Laufhund 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 Schweizer Laufhund have high prey drive?
Schweizer Laufhunds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Schweizer Laufhund dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Schweizer Laufhund good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Schweizer Laufhund indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Schweizer Laufhunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Schweizer Laufhund be left alone?
Schweizer Laufhunds 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.

Schweizer Laufhund Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Schweizer Laufhund temperament with other people:
Schweizer Laufhunds are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Schweizer Laufhund dogs get along with other pets? Are Schweizer Laufhund dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Schweizer Laufhunds are usually friendly towards other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Schweizer Laufhund dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Schweizer Laufhund temperament with children:
Schweizer Laufhunds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Schweizer Laufhund dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Schweizer Laufhund breed live with a cat?
Schweizer Laufhunds are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Schweizer Laufhund good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Schweizer Laufhund dogs get along with other dogs?
Schweizer Laufhunds are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Schweizer Laufhund can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Schweizer Laufhund breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Schweizer Laufhund breed suitable for first-time owners?
No
Schweizer Laufhunds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Schweizer Laufhunds good office dogs? Do Schweizer Laufhunds make good office friendly dogs? Can Schweizer Laufhunds be office dogs?
Yes
Schweizer Laufhund is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Schweizer Laufhund dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Chien Courant Suisse temperament with senior people? Are Schweizer Laufhund dogs good for elderly owners?
Schweizer Laufhunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Schweizer Laufhund Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Schweizer Laufhund dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Schweizer Laufhunds are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Schweizer Laufhund breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Schweizer Laufhund breed? Most common health risks of Schweizer Laufhund:
CataractsDemodectic MangeEar InfectionsEctropionElbow DysplasiaEntropionHip DysplasiaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Schweizer Laufhund breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Schweizer Laufhund see the vet?
Rare
The Schweizer Laufhund should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Schweizer Laufhund dogs live? How old can a Schweizer Laufhund be? What is the age limit of the Schweizer Laufhund? How many years can the oldest Schweizer Laufhund live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Schweizer Laufhund?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of Schweizer Laufhund: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Schweizer Laufhund breed hypoallergenic?
No
Schweizer Laufhunds 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 Schweizer Laufhund have? What is the activity level of the Schweizer Laufhund?
Schweizer Laufhunds have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Schweizer Laufhund need? How much exercise do Schweizer Laufhund dogs require per day?
Schweizer Laufhunds exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Schweizer Laufhund breed need?
Schweizer Laufhunds sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Schweizer Laufhund need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Schweizer Laufhund breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Schweizer Laufhund? How much food should I feed my Schweizer Laufhund?
1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Schweizer Laufhund risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Schweizer Laufhund's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. 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 gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Schweizer Laufhund's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Schweizer Laufhund 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 Schweizer Laufhund drool?
The Schweizer Laufhund is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Schweizer Laufhund could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Schweizer Laufhund.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Schweizer Laufhund As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Schweizer Laufhund be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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).

Schweizer Laufhund is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Schweizer Laufhund be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Schweizer Laufhund be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is 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 people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Schweizer Laufhund is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Schweizer Laufhund be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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.

Schweizer Laufhund is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Schweizer Laufhund be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Schweizer Laufhund is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Schweizer Laufhund be a boat dog?

Not really

Schweizer Laufhund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Schweizer Laufhund 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.

Schweizer Laufhund is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Schweizer Laufhund dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Schweizer Laufhund Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Schweizer Laufhund pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Schweizer Laufhund breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Schweizer Laufhund: 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 female 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 female’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.

Litter Frequency

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 Schweizer Laufhund have in a litter? How many puppies can the Schweizer Laufhund breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Schweizer Laufhund have? How many puppies can a Schweizer Laufhund give birth to?
5-7 puppies

Schweizer Laufhund Recognition

AKC Group
Is Schweizer Laufhund recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Schweizer Laufhund recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.

Schweizer Laufhund Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Health Issues: Schweizer Laufhunds are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Schweizer Laufhund doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Schweizer Laufhund is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Schweizer Laufhunds are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Schweizer Laufhunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Schweizer Laufhunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Schweizer Laufhunds are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Schweizer Laufhunds are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Schweizer Laufhund is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Schweizer Laufhunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cons
  • Trainability: A slightly harder to train than average.
  • Hypoallergenic: Schweizer Laufhunds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Schweizer Laufhund's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Schweizer Laufhund is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Schweizer Laufhunds 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.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Schweizer Laufhunds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Schweizer Laufhund History

The Schweizer Laufhund is a very old breed whose history has largely been lost to time. These types of dogs were developed way before written records were kept of dog breeding, so it is impossible to say anything for sure about their ancestry. Although, the breed is among the oldest of Europe’s many scenthound breeds and people now consider it Swiss.

The breed is actually divided into several types, the classifications dependent on which association or kennel club you refer to. The four most popular types of Schweizer Laufhund include the Bernese Hound, the Bruno Jura Hound, the Schwyz Hound, and the Lucernese Hound. Each dog is named after the region in Switzerland from which it came. The Schweizer Laufhund is a medium-sized hound with short fur, dropping ears, and a log body. The four breed types are distinguished by their coat colors and patterns, but other than that they are incredibly similar. Although we are not completely sure about the breed’s history many people claim that it dates back to Roman times as Murals from the Roman Province of Helvetia, an area that once comprised most of modern-day Switzerland, depicts dogs very similar to the Schweizer Laufhunds. However, with very little information and evidence, we cannot be sure that Roman dogs were Schweizer Laudhunds.

Furthermore, what we know for sure is that the breed became very highly regarded as a hunting dog. It was so prized in Switzerland that until very recently very few other scenthound breeds were used in the country. However, they were not only popular with the Swiss but also among the French and especially the Italian hunters. As a result of this, many dogs were imported to those regions where they were used in local breeding efforts.

Although there is some debate as to what the original breed actually looked like, most experts think that it was very similar to the Jura type Saint Hubert Hound. The breed was first recognized by the Swiss Kennel Club, and by this time only 5 varieties remained, the Bernese, Bruno Jura, Lucernese, Schwyz, and Thurgovian. Moreover, the breed was kept purebred by owners and breeders for many centuries, the Schweizer Laufhunds were not pedigreed until the 1880s. It was two years later, in 1882 when a written standard was published for the five recognized breeds. These standards were updated in 1909 at which time it was noted that the Thurgovian Hound had become extinct. Unlike many others, Switzerland remained neutral in both World War, despite being completely surrounded by warring nations during both conflicts. As the Swiss nation did not experience anywhere near the damage that was seen in the rest of Europe, the Schweizer Laufhund was not impacted to the extent that most European hunting dogs were. On the 22nd of January, 1933, one single standard was established for the four remained varieties of the Swiss hound. An interesting fact is that even Adolf Hitler owned one of these dogs, which he named Schweizer Luftwaffe.

Although the breed was very popular, in the last few centuries it has seen a decrease in its popularity. As hunting with scenthounds became unpopular in Europe, the breeds used for this purpose obviously declined. Today, the breed is almost entirely restricted to its homeland and it is considered very rare. However, the breed is recognized by the Continental Kennel Club but it has not yet been recognized by the AKC.

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    Aug 11, 2022, 3:47:12 PM:

    Kemar i want one female and one male