Hollandse Smoushond

Description Hollandse Smoushond

Cheerful, cuddly, active
The Hollandse Smoushond belongs to the group of Pinscher and Schnauzer, Molossoid and Swiss Mountain Dogs. He is a Dutch dog breed and recognized by the FCI. However, he is hardly known outside of the Netherlands. Interested parties will quickly find out that it is not easy to get a Smoushond. The waiting lists in the Netherlands are very long. But those who have made it will be rewarded with a loyal cuddly dog, a persistent companion and a playful friend.FCI Group: Pinscher – Schnauzer – Molosser – Swiss Mountain Dogs

  • Size: medium
  • Weight: 9-10kg
  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Coat Type: Medium Hair
  • Colours: yellow, dark straw yellow, yellow-beige

Character Hollandse Smoushond

The word Smoushond is due to the tousled appearance. He is very muscular, lively and his body is almost square. Females may be a little longer than males. However, it should not appear coarse or clumsy. Males of this breed can reach a height of up to 42 cm, females reach a maximum of 40 cm.

The Hollandse Smoushond has an ideal weight of 9 to 10 kilograms. The most striking thing is the dog’s broad and short head. The triangular ears fall flat forward and are set high.
The character of this breed is friendly and cheerful. The Smoushond is fearless and rarely gets nervous.

Neither is he a barker and he won’t run away either. He is generally very affectionate and obedient. The dog breed is suitable for families and easy to keep. It is a loyal playmate for children. Aggressive behavior is alien to the Smoushond.

Diet Hollandse Smoushond

As with all dogs, the right diet must also be taken into account with the Smoushond. There are no specific diseases known for the breed that could be prevented by the right food. However, care should be taken to ensure that the dog is supplied with sufficient energy through the food and maintains the ideal weight.
Depending on the dog and the illnesses that occur, the food should be adjusted according to individual needs. In general, the feed should contain no additives, no sugar and, ideally, no grain.

A high proportion of meat is very important. For dogs that are only fed dry food, care must also be taken to ensure that they drink enough liquid. This should be at least a liter a day. Treats with 100% meat content, such as duck or turkey strips, tripe or pig ears, are ideal for training and as a small reward for in between meals


This breed of dog usually comes in a solid yellow-beige tone. Shades of straw yellow are possible. The parts of the face around the muzzle and the ears may also be darker than the rest of the fur. An important feature is the rough and wiry coat. It should look tousled but not curly or wavy.

The hair is 4 to 7 centimeters long. The fur tends to become matted if not cared for properly. Undercoat protects this dog breed in cold temperatures.
Otherwise the Hollandse Smoushond is easy to keep and does not require any special care. Only with the fur should you make sure that no matting occurs.

If you scratch your dog regularly and brush it from time to time, you have nothing to fear. The Smoushond is very obedient. He can be trained well and is very obedient. So he is a suitable dog breed for families, couples but also singles.


The breed is also often referred to as the Dutch Ratter. Rattler means rat or mouse catcher. The Hollandse Smoushond was not specifically bred for a specific purpose. Due to certain tasks and circumstances, mostly it served to keep stables free from vermin, the name of this dog breed developed.
In the past, he was also referred to as “the men’s stable or coach dog”.

After World War II, the breed was thought to be extinct for a while. It wasn’t until 1972 that a lady by the name of Barkmann started a backbreeding program of the Hollandse Smoushond.
The border terrier was included in the breed and the dog breed was saved from extinction. At the beginning of the 20th century, the dog breed was recognized by the FCI thanks to the work of some dog breed enthusiasts.

Hollandse Smoushond Accessories

A certain basic equipment is part of keeping a dog. Of course, the dog needs a food and a drinking bowl. The drinking bowl should be accessible to the dog throughout the day. An appropriate collar and leash are required for the daily walks. A harness offers more safety and comfort for the dog.

Furthermore, the dog should have its own retreat in the living area. A basket, a blanket or even a box can be used here. Young and playful dogs should also be given a ball, stuffed animal or similar dog toy to pass the time.
A brush is needed for proper grooming. In addition, dog owners should have tick tweezers, chewing bones for the dog’s natural nutrition and equipment for the safe transport of the dog.

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