Smalandsstovare

33-40 lbs
17-20"
Sweden
Småland Hound, Småland Hound

The Smålandsstövare is a scent hound primarily used to hunt fox and hare. He was expected to work independently instead of in a pack; therefore, he is not overly fond of being part of a pack. Being a hound, he can be stubborn and tenacious when on the hunt but can also be loyal and loving to his family. Being a scent hound, the Smålandsstövare does need a secure fence and a large yard to keep him contained and gives him plenty of room to run. Even in his native Sweden, the Smålandsstövare is considered to be a rare breed and can be difficult to find. 

Purpose
Hunt Hare and Fox
Date of Origin
1600s
Ancestry
Scent Hound

Smalandsstovare Health

Average Size
Male Smalandsstovare size stats
Height: 18-21 inches Weight: 33-40 lbs
Female Smalandsstovare size stats
Height: 17-20 inches Weight: 33-40 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually A Very Healthy Breed
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Obesity
Occasional Tests
  • OFA
  • Yearly Physical Examination

Smalandsstovare Breed History

The Smålandsstövare has a storied past dating back to the 1600s when hounds similar to present day Smålandsstövares were bred to European hounds from Poland, Germany and Baltic regions. These European hounds were brought in to Småland, Sweden after the Great Wars between 1611 and 1718. The resulting dogs from these breedings were then bred to local spitz-type farm dogs to create the foundation stock for the Smålandsstövare. The Smålandsstövare was used to mainly hunt hare and fox but he was also used to hunt other small game. Since the breed was developed mostly by farmers who did not have large kennels full of hunting dogs, the Smålandsstövare needed to be able to hunt alone rather than in a pack. He developed into an all around hunting dog. The breed became virtually extinct in the 20th century but breed enthusiasts fought to restore the breed and his first official standard was adopted by the Swedish Kennel Club in 1921. The number of purebred Smålandsstövares still remained small so breeders began adding dogs of similar appearance and stature in the 1950s. These similar dogs were of unknown ancestry and did strengthen the bloodline and the overall appearance of the Smålandsstövare. The Swedish breed club for the Smålandsstövare began commissioning genetic testing on a large sample between 1994 and 2008. The findings showed no specific genetic health issues that were unique to the breed and deemed this breed to be very healthy. The Smålandsstövare is a still a rare breed but he is recognized by the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA), Continental Kennel Club (CKC), Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) and the United Kennel Club (UKC). The UKC recognized the Smålandsstövare in 2006 as the Smaland Hound. 

Smalandsstovare Breed Appearance

The Smålandsstövare has an almost square body that is well muscled and compact. He should never look heavy or overly muscled. He has ears that are set high and should be raised slightly above the line of the skull when he is attentive. The ears will hang flat against the cheek and have rounded tips. His tail can be either naturally stumpy or long. His nose is black and has large nostrils. Eye color is dark brown in black and tan Smålandsstövares and hazel in liver-brown and tan Smålandsstövares. His eyes should be almond in shape. He has a medium long coat that is coarse to the touch. His coat is straight and shiny, lying close to his body. He has a short, dense undercoat that is soft. The Smålandsstövare can be found in either black with tan markings or liver-brown with tan markings. His tan markings can be over his eyes like eyebrows, on his cheeks, throat, chest, feet and legs. He can also have tan under his chest, on his belly and on the inner thighs. 

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Smalandsstovare eyes
Hazel
brown Smalandsstovare eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Smalandsstovare nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Smalandsstovare coat
Brown
black Smalandsstovare coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Smalandsstovare straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Smalandsstovare Breed Maintenance

Because the Smålandsstövare has a dense undercoat, he will shed seasonally. Regular weekly brushing is ideal to ensure his coat stays shiny and healthy. Use a slicker brush or a hound mitt. When he is shedding seasonally, expect to brush him daily to keep loose hairs from accumulating around the house or on your clothes. A deshedder can be used when he is shedding heavily. He is not a hypoallergenic dog but does not generally have a strong dog smell. The Smålandsstövare does not need many baths unless he has found a mud puddle to play in. Expect to bathe him when he begins shedding to hasten the process. Use a mild shampoo when bathing and try to keep water from getting into his ears. Ears that hang naturally are more prone to ear infections and excess moisture, such as from a bath, can cause an infection to develop. Carefully clean and dry his ears weekly.

Brushes for Smalandsstovare
Slicker Brush
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Smalandsstovare requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Smalandsstovare Temperament

The Smålandsstövare was once a very popular Swedish scent hound. He was basically an all-around hunting dog and companion for farmers and formed strong bonds with his owner. Usually a gentle dog, he is also very protective of his property and family. Naturally unsure of strangers, he will sound the alarm when anyone he is not familiar with comes near his home. He is a high energy dog and requires a lot of time with his family playing and expending all that energy. Do not expect him to do well in an apartment situation. The Smålandsstövare can become a very vocal dog and being a hound, has a distinctive voice that can drive your neighbors crazy. Training your Smålandsstövare should be relatively easy to train. He works well when positive reinforcement is used and you are consistent with his training. Generally, he is not a pack dog and will prefer to be alone rather than working or playing in a pack.

Smalandsstovare Activity Requirements

The Smålandsstövare is a high energy dog that requires a lot of time to run, play and use his nose to follow all the various scents around him. Owners would do well to encourage his natural scenting abilities and give him tasks such as finding certain objects or treats. Dog sports are also a good way to keep him active and reinforce the bond between dog and owner. Remember he needs a strong fence that can keep him contained when you cannot be with him. He can become a talker when left alone too long so provide plenty of social interaction and toys to keep him occupied. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Smalandsstovare Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Smalandsstovare Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Smalandsstovare size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Smalandsstovare size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 17 lbs
12 Months
Male Smalandsstovare size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 30 lbs
Female Smalandsstovare size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 30 lbs
18 Months
Male Smalandsstovare size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 36 lbs
Female Smalandsstovare size stats at 18 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 36 lbs

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