Dutch Smoushond

20-22 lbs
Hollandse Herdershond, Dutchie, Dutch Ratter, Dutch Terrier

The Dutch Smoushond is a smaller dog that was originally used as a vermin hunter. This terrier shares many of the same traits as other more popular terriers and can become destructive if not given enough attention. Generally, he is an easy keeper, but he is also prone to becoming a nuisance barker, therefore, apartment living may not be ideal for this little terrier. He does do well with other dogs and will do well with cats when raised with them. Since he was used as a ratter, never leave him alone with small pets such as guinea pigs, ferrets or even birds. 

purpose Purpose
Ratter, Companion
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Poodle, Brussels Griffon, Border Terrier and German Schnauzer

Dutch Smoushond Health

Average Size
Male Dutch Smoushond size stats
Height: 14-17 inches Weight: 20-22 lbs
Female Dutch Smoushond size stats
Height: 14-17 inches Weight: 20-22 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Eye Problems
Minor Concerns
  • Arthritis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • OFA
  • Yearly Eye Exam
  • Yearly Physical Examination

Dutch Smoushond Breed History

It is unknown exactly when the Dutch Smoushond was developed or what breeds contributed their DNA to the gene pool. Some believe that the German Schnauzer had a strong influence on the breed. One theory about the German Schnauzer and the Dutch Smoushond is that the Germans largely favored the salt and pepper or black Schnauzers and any yellow Schnauzers born were euthanized. It is said that a Dutch merchant with a big heart began buying these unwanted yellow Schnauzers. He took them back to Amsterdam and advertised them as valuable and unique since the Dutch saw the yellow or orange color as being royal. Another theory is that because he was used extensively for hundreds of years as a vermin hunter, many people believe that the Dutch Smoushond’s ancestry goes back to local terriers of unknown origins. In the late 1800s he was noticed by many gentlemen within the nobility and became more of a gentleman’s companion rather than an actual ratter. His name is as unique as the dog, the Dutch word Smouzen means Jewish man because of the long beard and wiry hair of the dog resembled the Orthodox or Hasidic Jewish man. In 1905 the Hollandse Smoushond Club formed to honor the breed. During World War II many dog breeds suffered and the Dutch Smoushond was no exception. In 1940 the Netherlands were invaded by the German Nazis and all professional dog breeding stopped during the German occupation. Dogs were killed or they were abandoned to die of disease or starvation. When the war ended, the Dutch Smoushond was on the verge of extinction. His numbers were very low but enough breeding stock did survive. Those dogs were used to revive the breed and in the 1970s Mrs. Barkman took on the task of restoring the breed to his former glory. Mrs. Barkman used a rather eclectic group of dogs mixed together to recreate the breed. While there are varying reactions to her breeding practices and much debate on whether the remaining Dutch Smoushonds were actually used in her breeding program, she did produce dogs that closely resembled the Dutch Smoushond. Mrs. Barkman did not keep good records but it is known that the Poodle, Brussels Griffon, Border Terrier and German Schnauzer were used to make the Dutch Smoushond a healthier, hardier breed. In 1977 the Dutch Kennel Club accepted the Dutch Smoushond into its registry.

Dutch Smoushond Breed Appearance

The Dutch Smoushond has a long, double coat that is harsh and wiry. He does tend to have an untidy appearance because of his wiry coat. He has a beard, mustache and eyebrows that are formed from straight, long, wiry hairs giving him a wizened look. The Dutch Smoushond is a smaller dog with a square body, with his length being the same as his height. He has a domed skull and a short, broad head with a forehead that is slightly rounded. His nose is wide and is always black in color. His eyes are large, round and dark brown. He should have a lively, friendly expression. Ears will hang down and are triangular in shape with rounded tips. The Dutch Smoushond is always a self-colored yellow. He can be found in varying shades of yellow but the dark straw color is strongly preferred over the lighter colors. His ears, beard, moustache and eyebrows can be a darker shade of yellow than the rest of his body. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Dutch Smoushond eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Dutch Smoushond nose
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Dutch Smoushond coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Dutch Smoushond wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Dutch Smoushond Breed Maintenance

The Dutch Smoushond has a naturally unkempt look and should maintain that shaggy look even after being groomed. When his coat is correct in texture and length there should never be a natural part down his back or a glossy appearance to his coat. His wiry, harsh coat does require some maintenance to keep it healthy. He does need to be hand plucked at least twice a year. The hair on his head should never be plucked. If you are not comfortable plucking him, find a groomer that specializes in Terriers and knows the process of hand plucking. Between pluckings, use a wide tooth metal comb weekly to keep tangles from forming. The hair in his ears and between the pads of his feet should be trimmed every few weeks. When trimming between his pads, check his nails and trim when needed. Since his ears do hang, clean his ears weekly and check for any foul smell or redness that could indicate an infection has started. 

Brushes for Dutch Smoushond
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Dutch Smoushond requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Dutch Smoushond Temperament

This charming little dog is usually easy going when he is given plenty of time to play and enjoy his family. The Dutch Smoushond is relatively easy to train and does want to please his owner. He is strongly devoted to his family but will not be so accepting of strangers. He can become very vocal and is not a great choice for apartment dwellers that work all day and leave him home alone. The Dutch Smoushond can become a very annoying neighbor and destructive to your home when he is ignored for long. Training should be started as soon as possible to curb his natural propensity to bark. Early socialization will help him become more accepting of strangers. Children are excellent playmates for the Dutch Smoushond and he also gets along well with other dogs. He can be accepting of cats that he has been raised with but should never be left alone with other small pets in the home. He still has a high prey drive and will try to harm smaller pets such as ferrets, guinea pigs or rabbits. 

Dutch Smoushond Activity Requirements

He is a tenacious terrier with a sense of humor and loves to play games. He is also known as a bit of a trickster and will play tricks on his family and canine friends. Being a terrier, the Dutch Smoushond seems to have an endless supply of energy. Taking long walks each day is a good way to help wear him out, but he will also need time in the backyard to run and play. The Dutch Smoushond would be ideal for agility, dock diving, barn hunts, fly ball or other dog sports that keep him moving and give him mental stimulation as well. 

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Dutch Smoushond Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.90 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Dutch Smoushond Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Dutch Smoushond size stats at six months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs
Female Dutch Smoushond size stats at six months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Dutch Smoushond size stats at 12 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
Female Dutch Smoushond size stats at 12 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Dutch Smoushond size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 21.0 lbs
Female Dutch Smoushond size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 21.0 lbs

Dutch Smoushond Owner Experiences

3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Good dog Walter buddy
1 month, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
1 People
I am 99% sure my dog IS a Dutch Smoushond. I got him from a no-kill shelter in Fresno, CA, in 2020. I have checked the entire San Joaquin Valley area for a history of these dogs and have found nothing. He fits all the descriptions! I'd like to find other owners!
1 year, 11 months ago
5 Years
2 People
House & Yard
He’s a rescue and he’s a sweet dog who loves company and playing with his toys. He even plays alone by throwing a toy and going after it. We take him on vacation with us and he is an excellent hotel guest. He is not a barker. So, previous owner may have trained him for that.
5 years, 8 months ago
6 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Car rides
She loves everyone she meets. Be careful of what you make your dog afraid of since my dog got abused by the boys in the neighborhood, who would jump our fence, she is now afraid of any new men or boys near her. She takes well to females only males are a problem since I think she gets traumatic flashbacks to the days when she was a puppy. Everyone loves her and she does great with my other 2-year-old dog and Siamese cat. Jilly is very fit from chasing my 2-year-old dog around all the time.
4 years, 10 months ago
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