Schillerstovare

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40-55 lbs
19-22"
Sweden, Southern Germany
Schiller Hound, Schiller Bracke
While the Schillerstövare may look like some other dogs from the region, it boasts a relatively well-documented history to go along with its numerous accolades. Many breeds stemmed from Western Europe including Germany and France, but only a few Swedish breeds were held in similar regard. Aptly dubbed "the hunting dog for the Frozen Land," this breed is exceptionally hardy, able to not only traverse the mountainous terrain of its homeland, but also to withstand the harsh and bitter cold of Scandinavian winters. It was developed by a Swedish farmer named Per Schiller, whose aim was not to create a new breed entirely but rather augment established breeds to produce a dog with his desired characteristics. These scent hounds were the descendants of numerous Swedish, German and Swiss Hounds and English Harriers, a combination which produced a rugged dog with an excellent nose and an even temperament. They are known to be both great hunters and great companions, as efficient in the field as they are affectionate and loyal in the home. Unlike many other scent hounds from nearby regions, they were not employed as pack hunters but were run solo, which may have had an influence on their lack of sociability with other dogs. They are, however, good with people including children, even if that means being more aloof than friendly, are moderately easy to train, and generally take little maintenance outside of satisfying their high energy levels.
Purpose
Hunting, Companion
Date of Origin
Late 19th Century
Ancestry
Swedish,German,Swiss Hounds and English Harriers

Schillerstovare Health

Average Size
Male Schillerstovare size stats
Height: 21-24 inches Weight: 40-55 lbs
Female Schillerstovare size stats
Height: 19-22 inches Weight: 40-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually A Very Healthy Breed
Minor Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Ear Infections
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Ear Examination

Schillerstovare Breed History

Some experts may claim that this breed stems from ancient hounds but there is considerably more proof that the breed was largely developed in the late 19th century at the hand of Swedish farmer Per Schiller. Schiller worked with Dr. Adolf Hamilton, the founder of the Swedish Kennel Club, to improve upon Stövare breeds of the time and develop a more well-rounded hunter of fox and hare. Hamilton crossbred in more English Foxhounds, creating the slightly taller, tricolored Hamilton-Stövare, while Schiller used Swiss, German, and Swedish hounds and crossed them with English Harriers to eventually create the earliest versions of the Schillerstövare. In 1886, Schiller exhibited a pair at a Swedish dog show and although they were smaller and their color more brown than black, they are regarded as the breed's origins. Schiller continued his work, developing and showing the breed until dying in 1894, when his brother Karl inherited them and continued on with his deceased brother's work. In 1907, the breed was officially named the Schillerstövare after Per. In 1913, the breed was recognized by the Swedish Kennel Club but a standard was not written until 1997. Recognition by the United Kennel Club did not occur until 2006. While they remain a popular breed in their region of origin, they are relatively uncommon to find elsewhere and are considered moderately rare.

Schillerstovare Breed Appearance

The Schillerstövare is a medium sized dog, standing just under two feet tall at the withers and generally weighing around 50 pounds. They are built for strength and speed, possessing a lean yet muscular build. Their heads are relatively long with a somewhat triangular shape, and the muzzle, capped with a black nose, has a slow taper. Their eyes are dark and they have high-set, broad folded ears. They have a slightly rectangular shape, being slightly longer than they are tall with a long, powerful neck, straight front legs, a deep chest that reaches their elbows, well-muscled hindquarters, and a straight back that ends with a thick, tapering tail. They have a short, dense yet smooth coat that is mostly reddish-tan with a well-defined black saddle and touches of white on the chest and toes.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Schillerstovare eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Schillerstovare nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Schillerstovare coat
White
brown Schillerstovare coat
Brown
black Schillerstovare coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Schillerstovare straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Schillerstovare Breed Maintenance

The Schillerstövare is a low maintenance breed and therefore needs only a brushing or two a week with a firm, bristle brush to keep its coat free of loose hair, dirt, and burs, as well as help to distribute its natural oils. Because their ears are so large and broad, they are more prone to accumulating an excess amount of moisture and should be checked regularly, especially if kept in a warm or humid climate, as they may get ear infections. If they hunt or are exercised properly, their nails may wear down on their own but otherwise need to be checked regularly to make sure they don't crack or break and cause further heath issues. Their teeth should also be brushed regularly to help them maintain good oral health.
Brushes for Schillerstovare
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Schillerstovare requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Schillerstovare Temperament

Schillerstövares are lively, intelligent dogs with great personal attributes both in the field and at home. While hunting, they are energetic and attentive, taking instruction well and putting in great efforts to please their owners. Especially when owned and trained by the same person, which isn't uncommon given their moderate ease of training, Schillerstövares form very close bonds with their owners and although they still generally enjoy family time, are prone to attach to one person over many, and their devotion will likely be evident. While inside, they are docile, easy-going and even affectionate but can become wary of strangers who enter, although their inherent response is non-aggressive, especially if properly trained and socialized. This behavior does make them good watch dogs, as their most likely response to strangers or something feeling amiss is a deep, booming bark or howl to alert their owners, although it could cause issues in an apartment setting.

Schillerstovare Activity Requirements

Schillerstövares are considered a high energy breed and require a considerable amount of exercise daily to help maintain both their health and happiness. Their hunting history has not only imbued them with a fair amount of muscle, but also helped them to develop a ton of endurance, so tiring them out can be quite a challenge unless they live with an active owner or family. Given these requirements, they generally do best in a home with a large yard or access to a dog park where they can run freely. Their combination of intelligence, endurance, and prey drive makes them a perfect candidate for long distance fetch, where they can engage both their mental and physical abilities. It is recommended that they get around 18 miles per week or 60 minutes of exercise daily.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
18 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Schillerstovare Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $2.00
Monthly Cost
$45.00 - $60.00

Schillerstovare Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Schillerstovare size stats at six months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 33 lbs
Female Schillerstovare size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 33 lbs
12 Months
Male Schillerstovare size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Schillerstovare size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 40 lbs
18 Months
Male Schillerstovare size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Female Schillerstovare size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 47 lbs

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