Small Swiss Hound

Other names: Small Bernese Hound, Small Jura Hound, Small Lucerne Hound, Schweizer Niederlaufhund, Small Swiss Hound

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The Small Swiss Hound is a medium-sized hunting dog, smaller than the Swiss Hound on the basis of which it was developed, of powerful build and of medium length. The gait of the Petit Chien Courant Suisse is characterized by ample and flowing movements.



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Hair type Short
Origin Swiss
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 9 kg to 15 kg From 33 cm to 40 cm
Male From 9 kg to 15 kg From 35 cm to 43 cm
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History of the breed

The Small Swiss Hound was created from the Swiss Hound by selecting small dogs and crossing them. The aim was to develop a slower race and therefore more adapted to the regime of hunting grounds came into effect at the beginning of the 20th century in Switzerland. The breed club was established on June 1, 1905.

Physical features

His coat : short, well laid and can be smooth in texture (finer on the head and ears), hard (supple and with weakly developed beard) or double (dense topcoat and undercoat).
Its color : white and black with tan markings (Bernese), black with tan markings (Jura), blue with black plates (Lucernois), white with red-orange plates (Switzerland).
His head : medium in size, noble, lean and elongated, displaying an expression both soft and alert. The skull is slightly rounded, the occipital protuberance not very prominent, the stop moderately marked, the nose dark, the nostrils widely open, the muzzle strong, long and moderately high, the jaws robust and articulated in scissors, the cheeks little marked.
Its ears : attached below and behind, narrow at their roots, elegantly pleated, drooping close to the head, not very thick and covered with fine hair.
His eyes : dark in color, slightly oval and displaying a kind gaze.
Its body : writable in a rectangle, the length being greater than the height at the withers. The neck is of moderate length and well muscled, the top line harmonious and slightly sloping, the back straight and firm, the loins wide and powerful, the croup slightly sloping towards the base of the tail, the chest wide and well let down, the ribs long and moderately arched, the underline slightly raised and the sides moderately full.
Its tail : of medium length, tapering towards its end, set on and carried low, raised when the dog is in action, but without being curved over the back.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Petit Chien Courant Suisse is a dog showing multiple hunting skills ; agile and enduring , he has a flair of remarkable finesse . Hunters appreciate him as much for his determination when setting off on a trail as for his harmonious voice. The Petit Chien Courant Suisse adapts to a variety of terrains , even difficult ones, and also excels at blood research. At home, he is a pleasant and quiet dog, never fearful or aggressive .

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As with all hunting dogs, it is important to learn the Petit Chien Courant Suisse recall from an early age. If docility is not his strong point, his education is not excessively restrictive . With a good balance between firmness and softness , it makes an excellent life companion as well as a first-rate hunting aid .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Petit Chien Courant Suisse is made for hunting and activity , therefore aimed mainly at owners capable of satisfying it in this regard. If he prefers to live close to nature , he can perfectly adapt to an urban living environment .


Ease of gaining weight

The Petit Chien Courant Suisse is a robust and healthy dog . There is no predisposition to a particular disease or defect in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Occasional concerns

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets advises you to take out insurance for Petit Chien Courant Suisse dogs .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Small Swiss Hound is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Petit Chien Courant Suisse is an easy-care dog , requiring only basic care .

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week to maintain the cleanliness and health of his skin and coat . In double-haired subjects, brushing becomes a little more frequent during the moulting period to manage the – moderate – loss of dead hair.

His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
1500 €

The purchase price of a Small Swiss Running Dog is between € 500 and € 1,500.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 350
500 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Small Swiss Running Dog is between 350 € and 500 €.

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The Petit Chien Courant Suisse needs a high quality diet , adapted to its level of physical activity, age and size. One meal a day , preferably in the evening, is enough for him.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Petit Chien Courant Suisse needs long daily outings , ideally on natural terrain where it can trot, run and sniff freely .


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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