dutch smoushound breed information

common health issues

The cranial cruciate ligament is one of the ligaments stabilizing the knee joint. Rupture of this ligament leads to joint instability and is the most common orthopedic problem in the dog. Pain and lameness result from both partial and full cruciate ligament tears, and surgery is recommended to prevent progression of joint disease.

Hyperthyroidism is a condition of increased thyroid hormone caused by a benign thyroid tumor. It is the most common hormone imbalance seen in cats, and its hallmark clinical sign is weight loss despite a normal or increased appetite. The disease can be controlled with medication or cured with radiotherapy.

Cataracts describes the transparency of the lens in the eye.While cataracts are a common finding in older dogs, many breeds, including Cavaliers, have a genetic predisposition to juvenile cataracts, i.e., occurring in young animals. Hereditary cataracts can occur as early as six months of age and progress to complete loss of vision by two years old. The good news is that most affected lenses can be treated surgically. Cost of treatment: $1,500 to $3,000 per lens.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

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.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
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