dutch smoushound breed information
common health issues
The Dutch Smoushond, or Dutch Ratter, is a very rare breed of dog descended from terrier-type dogs in Germany and the Netherlands. He was originally bred to keep stables free of rats and other vermin, but he was also popular in the late 1800s as a gentleman's companion. His name, “Smoushond”, was inspired by the long, straight, wiry hair on his face, which some thought resembled the beards worn by Orthodox Jewish men, or “Smouzen”.
Like many European breeds, the Smoushond was pushed to near extinction during World War II, but in the 1970s dedicated breeders were able to re-create the breed through selective breeding. Today, he is reasonably secure, although he remains little known outside the Netherlands.
The Dutch Smoushond is a small to medium-sized dog, weighing around 20-25 lbs., with a rough coat that comes in any shade of yellow, from nearly white to nearly brown. Having been developed to live in stables, he does well in rural areas, but he adapts well to apartment living, provided he gets a couple of brisk walks each day. This energetic dog can excel at agility class, and he loves the water. Without sufficient exercise, however, he may choose to vocalize his frustrations.
The Smoushond is a friendly and charming companion for both people and other animals in the house. He is intelligent, loving and has a natural desire to please, which makes him easy to train. Like many terriers, he likes to be in charge, so a firm, gentle leader who can provide consistent training is best.
Despite his charming character, the Dutch Smoushond is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect her health and your family’s budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Dutch Smoushonds are prone to include eye conditions such as cataracts; hip problems such as hip dysplasia and cranial cruciate disease; and thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Dutch Smoushond inherits his father’s bad eyes or his mother’s bad hip, you’re protected.