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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
Other Names
What other names does the Schweizer Laufhund have? The dog breed also known as...
Swiss Laufhund, Chien Courant Suisse, Schweizer Laufhund, Swiss Hound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
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.
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? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Schweizer Laufhund price:
Unknown
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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.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Schweizer Laufhund size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Schweizer Laufhund weigh? Schweizer Laufhund weight:
Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Schweizer Laufhund? Schweizer Laufhund average weight:
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)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Schweizer Laufhund average height:
Male: 22 inches (55.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Schweizer Laufhund have? What does this canine coat look like?
SmoothDense
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 Swiss Laufhund? Schweizer Laufhund shedding level:
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.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Schweizer Laufhund have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateGentleFriendlyTolerantAlert
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Schweizer Laufhund? Are they intelligent?
Average: Schweizer Laufhund'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 Schweizer Laufhund dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
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 for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
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 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 Swiss Laufhund 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? 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 same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Schweizer Laufhund good as a watchdog?
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.
Territorial
Do Schweizer Laufhund dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
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 his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Schweizer Laufhund bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Swiss Laufhund? 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.)
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?
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?
Schweizer Laufhunds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
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
Can you leave this breed home 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.
Fighting Dog
Where Schweizer Laufhund 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?
Schweizer Laufhunds are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Schweizer Laufhund dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Schweizer Laufhund and 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?
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? What is this canine temperament 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.
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 Swiss Laufhund temperament with senior people? Are Schweizer Laufhund dogs good for elderly owners?
Schweizer Laufhunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Schweizer Laufhund breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Schweizer Laufhunds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Schweizer Laufhund 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). 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?
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. 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
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
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 Schweizer Laufhund is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat 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.
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.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Schweizer Laufhund dogs have health problems?
Schweizer Laufhunds are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Schweizer Laufhund breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Schweizer Laufhund breed? Health risks of Schweizer Laufhund:
CataractsDemodectic MangeEar InfectionsEctropionElbow DysplasiaEntropionHip DysplasiaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy
How long do Schweizer Laufhund dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Schweizer Laufhund be?
11-12 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?
Schweizer Laufhunds 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 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 this fido need?
Schweizer Laufhunds 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 Schweizer Laufhund need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
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 & 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 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 for 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.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
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 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 Schweizer Laufhund 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 Schweizer Laufhund have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-7 puppies

Pros & Cons of Schweizer Laufhund

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 for 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: Schweizer Laufhunds aren't famous for their trainability.
  • Hypoallergenic: Schweizer Laufhunds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: 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.

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