Dutch Smoushond


A small to medium sized Dutch Smoushond
Dutch Smoushond Quick Summary
Also Known AsDutch Ratter
Height (at withers)14-17in (35-42cm)
Weight20-22lbs (9-10kg)
Hair Colour(s)Yellow
Lifespan12-15 years
Energy LevelHigh
Litter size6
Barking TendencyHigh
Exercise requirementsMedium
Ease of trainingMedium
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftLow

The Dutch Smoushond is a small to medium sized rugged looking dog. The body is low to the ground with a broad chest, well-sprung ribs, straight forelegs and a short tail. The head is broad and short with a relatively long muzzle, high-set triangular ears, small eyes and sports eyebrows, a beard and moustache. The double-coat is long and shaggy, and the colouring tends to be shades of yellow.


Dutch Smoushonds friendly and dependable dogs. These sober and charming dogs are both affectionate and adaptable, and make fine companions and family pets, although owners will need to watch that their barking doesn't become obsessive. They are intelligent and eager to please and so are easy enough to train, but they are also sensitive, and so are best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership and training. Dutch Smoushonds get along well with older, more considerate children as well as other pets including dogs and cats. Reserved around strangers, these are alert dogs that make good watchdogs.

History & Skills

Dutch Smoushonds originate from the Netherlands, although their origins are a little unclear. They are believed to be descended from terriers kept as stable dogs to control vermin, and to also be related to the schnauzer. They were popular in the late 1800s as gentlemen's companion but almost became extinct after the Second World War. They are still relatively unknown today outside of the Netherlands.

Breed Specific Ailments

Dutch Smoushonds tend to live between 12-15 years and are a hardy and healthy breed of dog. Not many health concerns have been reported, which may be partly down to their rareity.


Dutch Smoushonds are medium shedders and so may not be suited to those suffering with allergies. Their grooming requirements are low and their coats should enjoy a shaggy and unkempt look, and will only need brushing once a week.

Exercise & Environment

Dutch Smoushonds tend to live indoors and can be suitable for small homes such as apartments. They prefer cooler climates and need plenty of exercise in the form of a daily walk.


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