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Hollandse Smoushondje Breed Description

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Breed Organization

United Kennel Club (UKC)

Native Country

Other Names
Dutch Smoushond, Hollandse Smoushound, Smoushond, Smoushondje

Life Expectancy
Approximately 12-15 Years

Litter Size
Average 4-6 Puppies

Breed Group
FCI-Pinscher and Schnauzer

General Description

The Dutch Smoushond is small in size, its waterproof coat is rough and shaggy, and of any shade of yellow color. The characteristic shape of the head is broad and short, with drop ears set high on the head.

Breed Standard

Head: Short and broad. Domed skull. Distinct stop. Moderately short jaws. Fine lips.
Ears: Small, fine, set on high, falling forward along the cheeks.
Eyes: Large, round. Dark color. Dark rims.
Body: Sturdy. Short neck. Broad chest. Well sprung ribs. Muscular croup. Belly very slightly drawn up. Straight, broad back.
Tail: Natural or cropped to one third of its length. If natural, relatively short length, carried gaily.
Hair: Body: 4 to 7 cm (1,5 to 3 in) long; harsh, straight, slightly shaggy, not wavy or curly; adequate undercoat. Legs: medium length. Tail: bushy, without feathering. Head: short on the skull and long on the cheeks; mustaches, beard and long eyebrows.
Coat: Any shade of solid yellow. Preferably dark straw color. Ears, mustaches, beard and eyebrows are darker than the rest of the coat.
Size: Dog: 37 to 42 cm (14,5-16,5 in).Bitch: 35 to 40,5 cm (14-16 in).
Weight: 9 to 10 kg (20-22 lb).


The Hollandse Smoushond Club (Smoushondenclub) was formed in 1905 to document and register the small stable dog as a purebred breed, as it was in danger of dying out. Its origins may have been with the ancestor of the Schnauzer breed, as an incorrect yellow color. The name refers to its shaggy fur and face, as Jewish men (called Smouzen in the 1800s, a slur deriving from the name Moses) had beards and long hair. They were called "Dutch" to prevent confusion with the similar Brussels Griffons. During World War II, the breed nearly disappeared. In 1973, several breeders began to reconstruct the breed with the few remaining dogs, most of whom had been crossbred with other breeds. Much of the reconstruction was accomplished with the use of Border Terrier crosses.


This affectionate, cheerful, well-balanced dog makes an excellent family pet. Weekly brushing is required.




No known health problems.

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