One of the cutest companion dogs out there, Dutch Smoushonds don’t just have a name that’s fun to say — they’re pretty fun to be around, too! These little buddies are just bursting with energy. Dutch Smoushouds were originally bred by the Dutch aristocracy to run behind noble’s carriages, so even though they average out at 22 lbs and 15 inches tall, these pint-sized pups need a lot of exercise. They were also expected to keep stables rat-free during their spare time, and like most vermin-chasers, they’re highly intelligent.
Dutch Smoushonds need to keep both their brains and bodies active, which means that some pet parents find them a little high-maintenance. Not to worry — we’ve put together a list of activities you can do with your pup to keep them as healthy and happy as possible.
Quick to learn and keen to stay active, Dutch Smoushonds are the paw-fect candidates for agility training! Agility training combines mental stimulation with physical exercise, and believe it or not, it’s not hard to get started. While there’s plenty of doggy agility equipment on the market, it’s easy enough to construct your own obstacle course out of tires, old pipes, or basically anything else you have lying around.
Teaching your doggo to jump is a great place to begin agility training. However, keep in mind that jumping can be hard on your pup’s joints. You might want to get them checked out by a vet before you get started.
Because Dutch Smoushonds were bred to catch vermin, they have high prey drives — in other words, they were born to hunt and find! A scavenger hunt is a great way to keep their brains entertained by doing what they do best. All you’ll need is some food or treats that give out a strong scent.
While a scavenger hunt makes for a grrr-eat rainy day activity, you can also do it outdoors, but beware that the treasure might get snapped up by other critters. Be sure to hide the treats in safe places — you don’t want your doggo to injure themselves for the sake of a piece of jerky.
It might take a while for your four-pawed pal to get their head around the game — the time estimate above refers to the time per day or training session you’ll need to spend on the task.
Dutch Smoushonds are a furrific family pet because they’re so unflappable. Loud noises and crowds just don’t seem to bother them, so they’re ideal for households with small children — or for going out on the town! As long as your Dutch Smoushond is well-socialized and up-to-date on their obedience training, there’s little fear of them misbehaving in public.
Maybe you live in a large city and never get to actually see the tourist attractions you pass on your morning commute, or maybe you’re from a small town with a haunted past. Either way, pack up your pooch and go see your city from a new perspective!
Dutch Smoushonds have the perfect temperament for partying! Check out your local festivals and see if any of them have outdoor events that you and your fur-ball can go to together.
While some people might find Dutch Smoushonds to be a little intense, they’re an absolute joy to own, particularly if you have small (or just loud) children. You’ll need to keep their bodies busy and their brain’s entertained, but with the right amount of stimulation, these shaggy-haired doggos will be sweet as pie!