The Smaland Hound is a Swedish breed of scent hound with a long and storied connection to their homeland. Thought to be the oldest living scent hound to have originated from Sweden, the Smaland Hound was first bred sometime during the 16th century. The first Smaland Hounds were created to help ancient Swedish farmers protect their crops and livestock. As such, the Smaland Hound was trained to serve as a very well rounded hunting dog that could sniff out approaching danger. Though this breed is incredibly old, it wasn't officially recognized by the Swedish Kennel Club until around 1921. This is likely due to the fact that Smaland Hounds are actually pretty rare dogs, even in their homeland of Sweden. Smaland Hounds are also known as Smålandsstövares or simply Smalands.
Thanks to the Smaland Hound's impressive pedigree and background, these dogs have adapted over the centuries - making them very flexible pets overall. If you're a game hunter then you may want to consider adopting a Smaland Hound to help aid you during your hunts. If you're a person looking for a loving and loyal pet, you could do worse than a Smaland. It should be noted, however, that Smalands are very active dogs that need play and exercise on a regular basis. If you're not a fan of working out or getting physically active on a daily basis, then the Smaland Hound may not be the right dog for you. If you can rise to the challenge and meet a Smaland halfway, then you'll find yourself in good company when all is said and done.